Attila Malasics

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Calcium channels have highly charged selectivity filters (4 COO(-) groups) that attract cations in to balance this charge and minimize free energy, forcing the cations (Na(+) and Ca(2+)) to compete for space in the filter. A reduced model was developed to better understand the mechanism of ion selectivity in calcium channels. The charge/space competition(More)
We present two efficient iterative Monte Carlo algorithms in the grand canonical ensemble with which the chemical potentials corresponding to prescribed (targeted) partial densities can be determined. The first algorithm works by always using the targeted densities in the kT log(rho(i)) (ideal gas) terms and updating the excess chemical potentials from the(More)
Two iterative procedures have been proposed recently to calculate the chemical potentials corresponding to prescribed concentrations from grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations. Both are based on repeated GCMC simulations with updated excess chemical potentials until the desired concentrations are established. In this paper, we propose combining our(More)
Current through L-type calcium channels (Ca(V)1.2 or dihydropyridine receptor) can be blocked by micromolar concentrations of trivalent cations like the lanthanide gadolinium (Gd(3+)). It has been proposed that trivalent block is due to ions competing for a binding site in both the open and closed configuration, but possibly with different trivalent(More)
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