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Analytical approximations to fundamental equations of continuum electrostatics on simple shapes can lead to computationally inexpensive prescriptions for calculating electrostatic properties of realistic molecules. Here, we derive a closed-form analytical approximation to the Poisson equation for an arbitrary distribution of point charges and a spherical… (More)

An ability to efficiently compute the electrostatic potential produced by molecular charge distributions under realistic solvation conditions is essential for a variety of applications. Here, the simple closed-form analytical approximation to the Poisson equation rigorously derived in Part I for idealized spherical geometry is tested on realistic shapes.… (More)

- Ramu Anandakrishnan, Tom Scogland, Andrew T Fenley, John Gordon, Wuchun Feng, Alexey Onufriev
- 2009

Tools that compute and visualize biomolecular electrostatic surface potential have been used extensively for studying biomolecular function. However, determining the surface potential for large biomolecules on a typical desktop computer can take days or longer using currently available tools and methods. This paper demonstrates how one can take advantage of… (More)

- Ramu Anandakrishnan, Tom R W Scogland, Andrew T Fenley, John C Gordon, Wu-chun Feng, Alexey V Onufriev
- Journal of molecular graphics & modelling
- 2010

Tools that compute and visualize biomolecular electrostatic surface potential have been used extensively for studying biomolecular function. However, determining the surface potential for large biomolecules on a typical desktop computer can take days or longer using currently available tools and methods. Two commonly used techniques to speed-up these types… (More)

- Vlad Elgart, Tao Jia, Andrew T Fenley, Rahul Kulkarni
- Physical biology
- 2011

The intrinsic stochasticity of gene expression can lead to large variability in protein levels for genetically identical cells. Such variability in protein levels can arise from infrequent synthesis of mRNAs which in turn give rise to bursts of protein expression. Protein expression occurring in bursts has indeed been observed experimentally and recent… (More)

We present a framework for analyzing luminescence regulation during quorum sensing in the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio harveyi. Using a simplified model for signal transduction in the quorum sensing pathway, we identify key dimensionless parameters that control the system's response. These parameters are estimated using experimental data on luminescence… (More)

Prospective validation of methods for computing binding affinities can help assess their predictive power and thus set reasonable expectations for their performance in drug design applications. Supramolecular host-guest systems are excellent model systems for testing such affinity prediction methods, because their small size and limited conformational… (More)

Many biomolecules have machine-like functions, and accordingly are discussed in terms of mechanical properties like force and motion. However, the concept of stress, a mechanical property that is of fundamental importance in the study of macroscopic mechanics, is not commonly applied in the biomolecular context. We anticipate that microscopical stress… (More)

An online tutorial for direct enthalpy calculations, using the example of guest B2 binding to host CB7, will be posted with or shortly after publication of this article; see http://ambermd.org/tutorials/. The tutorial makes several adaptations, relative to the methods detailed here, for the sake of simplicity and computational speed. First, the number of… (More)

Vibrio harveyi and Vibrio cholerae have quorum sensing pathways with similar design and highly homologous components including multiple small RNAs (sRNAs). However, the associated luminescence phenotypes of strains with sRNA deletions differ dramatically: in V. harveyi, the sRNAs act additively; however, in V. cholerae, the sRNAs act redundantly.… (More)