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CHARMM (Chemistry at HARvard Molecular Mechanics) is a highly versatile and widely used molecular simulation program. It has been developed over the last three decades with a primary focus on molecules of biological interest, including proteins, peptides, lipids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and small molecule ligands, as they occur in solution, crystals,(More)
BACKGROUND The capsid protein (CA) of retroviruses, such as Rous sarcoma virus (RSV), consists of two independently folded domains. CA functions as part of a polyprotein during particle assembly and budding and, in addition, forms a shell encapsidating the genomic RNA in the mature, infectious virus. RESULTS The structures of the N- and C-terminal domains(More)
The post-mortem brains of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other synucleinopathy disorders are characterized by the presence of aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Understanding the molecular mechanism of aSyn aggregation is essential for the development of neuroprotective strategies to treat these diseases. In this(More)
Targeted, steered, and biased molecular dynamics (MD) are widely used methods for studying transition processes of biomolecules. They share the common feature of adding external perturbations along a conformational progress variable to guide the transition in a predefined direction in conformational space, yet differ in how these perturbations are applied.(More)
The relation between protein secondary structure and internal motions was examined by using molecular dynamics to calculate positional fluctuations of individual helix, beta-sheet, and loop structural elements in free and substrate-bound hen egg-white lysozyme. The time development of the fluctuations revealed a general correspondence between structure and(More)
The potential for reliably predicting relative binding enthalpies, ΔΔE, from a direct method utilizing molecular dynamics is examined for a system of three phosphotyrosyl peptides binding to a protein receptor, the Src SH2 domain. The binding enthalpies were calculated from the potential energy differences between the bound and the unbound end-states of(More)
We apply the adaptive biasing potential (ABP) method to optimize the principal curve defining a conformational transition between two known end states and to subsequently compute the one-dimensional potential of mean force as a function of arc length along the principal curve. This approach allows the use of the ABP method in a collective variable space of(More)
We asses the ability of a distance correlation coefficient (DiCC), calculated from distance covariance, for detecting long-range concerted motion in proteins. We establish a set of criteria for ideal correlation coefficient values based on the coefficient of determination in multi-dimension, R(2). We compare in detail DiCC and conventional coefficients(More)
The experimental determination of protein compressibility reflects both the protein intrinsic compressibility and the difference between the compressibility of water in the protein hydration shell and bulk water. We use molecular dynamics simulations to explore the dependence of the isothermal compressibility of the hydration shell surrounding globular(More)
Dynamic averaging effects from internal motions on interproton distances estimated from nuclear Overhauser effects (NOE) are determined by using a molecular dynamics simulation of lysozyme. Generalized order parameters measuring angular averaging and radial averaging parameters are calculated. The product of these two parameters describes the full averaging(More)