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While antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been widely investigated as potential therapeutics, high-resolution structures obtained under biologically relevant conditions are lacking. Here, the high-resolution structures of the homologous 22-residue long AMPs piscidin 1 (p1) and piscidin 3 (p3) are determined in fluid-phase 3:1(More)
A module for fast determination of reduction potentials, E°, of redox-active proteins has been implemented in the CHARMM INterface and Graphics (CHARMMing) web portal (www.charmming.org). The free energy of reduction, which is proportional to E°, is composed of an intrinsic contribution due to the redox site and an environmental contribution due to the(More)
The oxidation-reduction potentials of electron transfer proteins determine the driving forces for their electron transfer reactions. Although the type of redox site determines the intrinsic energy required to add or remove an electron, the electrostatic interaction energy between the redox site and its surrounding environment can greatly shift the redox(More)
The reduction potential of an electron transfer protein is one of its most important functional characteristics. Although the type of redox site and the protein fold are the major determinants of the reduction potential of a redox-active protein, its amino acid sequence may tune the reduction potential as well. Thus, homologous proteins can often be divided(More)
The reduction potentials of electron transfer proteins are critically determined by the degree of burial of the redox site within the protein and the degree of permanent polarization of the polypeptide around the redox site. Although continuum electrostatics calculations of protein structures can predict the net effect of these factors, quantifying each(More)
In nitrogen fixation by Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase, the iron protein (FeP) binds to and subsequently transfers electrons to the molybdenum-FeP, which contains the nitrogen fixation site, along with hydrolysis of two ATPs. However, the nature of the reduced state cluster is not completely clear. While reduced FeP is generally thought to contain an(More)
The initial steps of membrane disruption by antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) involve binding to bacterial membranes in a surface-bound (S) orientation. To evaluate the effects of lipid composition on the S state, molecular dynamics simulations of the AMPs piscidin 1 (p1) and piscidin 3 (p3) were carried out in four different bilayers: 3:1 DMPC/DMPG, 3:1(More)
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