Daria B. Kokh

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Protein-nanoparticle associations have important applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology such as targeted drug delivery and theranostics. However, the mechanisms by which proteins recognize nanoparticles and the determinants of specificity are still poorly understood at the microscopic level. Gold is a promising material in nanoparticles for(More)
While modern docking methods often predict accurate binding modes, affinity calculations remain challenging and enrichment rates of in silico screening methods unsatisfactory. Inadequate treatment of induced fit effects is one major shortcoming of existing in silico screening methods. Here we investigate enrichment rates of rigid-, soft- and(More)
We present TRAPP (TRAnsient Pockets in Proteins), a new automated software platform for tracking, analysis, and visualization of binding pocket variations along a protein motion trajectory or within an ensemble of protein structures that may encompass conformational changes ranging from local side chain fluctuations to global backbone motions. TRAPP(More)
Macromolecular diffusion plays a fundamental role in biological processes. Here, we give an overview of recent methodological advances and some of the challenges for understanding how molecular diffusional properties influence biological function that were highlighted at a recent workshop, BDBDB2, the second Biological Diffusion and Brownian Dynamics(More)
The simulation of diffusional association (SDA) Brownian dynamics software package has been widely used in the study of biomacromolecular association. Initially developed to calculate bimolecular protein-protein association rate constants, it has since been extended to study electron transfer rates, to predict the structures of biomacromolecular complexes,(More)
In order to study protein-inorganic surface association processes, we have developed a physics-based energy model, the ProMetCS model, which describes protein-surface interactions at the atomistic level while treating the solvent as a continuum. Here, we present an approach to modeling the interaction of a protein with an atomically flat Au(111) surface in(More)
Interactions of peptides and proteins with inorganic surfaces are important to both natural and artificial systems; however, a detailed understanding of such interactions is lacking. In this study, we applied new approaches to quantitatively measure the binding of amino acids and proteins to gold surfaces. Real-time surface plasmon resonance (SPR)(More)
The dynamics of protein binding pockets are crucial for their interaction specificity. Structural flexibility allows proteins to adapt to their individual molecular binding partners and facilitates the binding process. This implies the necessity to consider protein internal motion in determining and predicting binding properties and in designing new(More)
Fluorescent labels are often attached to proteins to monitor binding and adsorption processes. Docking simulations for native hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) and HEWL labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate show that these adsorb differently on charged surfaces. Attachment of even a small label can significantly change the interaction properties of a protein.(More)