Learn More
The computational sampling of rare, large-scale, conformational transitions in proteins is a well appreciated challenge-for which a number of potentially efficient path-sampling methodologies have been proposed. Here, we study a large-scale transition in a united-residue model of calmodulin using the "weighted ensemble" (WE) approach of Huber and Kim.(More)
Bi2S3 flowerlike patterns with well-aligned nanorods were synthesized using a facile solution-phase biomolecule-assisted approach in the presence of L-cysteine (an ordinary and cheap amino acid), which turned out to serve as both the S source and the directing molecule in the formation of bismuth sulfide nanostructures. Emphatically, no nauseous scent (H2S)(More)
The "weighted ensemble" method, introduced by Huber and Kim [Biophys. J. 70, 97 (1996)], is one of a handful of rigorous approaches to path sampling of rare events. Expanding earlier discussions, we show that the technique is statistically exact for a wide class of Markovian and non-Markovian dynamics. The derivation is based on standard path-integral (path(More)
HdeA protein is a small, ATP-independent, acid stress chaperone that undergoes a dimer-to-monomer transition in acidic environments. The HdeA monomer binds a broad range of proteins to prevent their acid-induced aggregation. To understand better HdeA's function and mechanism, we perform constant-pH molecular dynamics simulations (CPHMD) to elucidate the(More)
We extend the weighted ensemble (WE) path sampling method to perform rigorous statistical sampling for systems at steady state. A straightforward steady-state implementation of WE is directly practical for simple landscapes, but not when significant metastable intermediates states are present. We therefore develop an enhanced WE scheme, building on existing(More)
Conditionally disordered proteins can alternate between highly ordered and less ordered configurations under physiological conditions. Whereas protein function is often associated with the ordered conformation, for some of these conditionally unstructured proteins, the opposite applies: Their activation is associated with their unfolding. An example is the(More)
Tombusviruses, such as Carnation Italian ringspot virus (CIRV), encode a protein homodimer called p19 that is capable of suppressing RNA silencing in their infected hosts by binding to and sequestering short-interfering RNA (siRNA) away from the RNA silencing pathway. P19 binding stability has been shown to be sensitive to changes in pH but the specific(More)
Nanothread-based porous spongelike Ni3S2 nanostructures were synthesized directly on Ni foil by using a simple biomolecule-assisted method. By varying the experimental parameters, other novel Ni3S2 nanostructures could also be fabricated on the nickel substrate. The electrochemical hydrogen-storage behavior of these novel porous Ni3S2 nanostructures was(More)
Despite their importance in activated processes, transition-event durations--which are much shorter than first passage times--have not received a complete theoretical treatment. The authors therefore study the distribution rhob(t) of durations of transition events over a barrier in a one-dimensional system undergoing overdamped Langevin dynamics. The(More)
The weighted histogram analysis method (WHAM) including its binless extension has been developed independently in several different contexts, and widely used in chemistry, physics, and statistics, for computing free energies and expectations from multiple ensembles. However, this method, while statistically efficient, is computationally costly or even(More)