David Pérahia

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Aspartate transcarbamylase (ATCase) initiates the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway in Escherichia coli. Binding of aspartate to this allosteric enzyme induces a cooperative transition between the tensed (T) and relaxed (R) states of the enzyme which involves large quaternary and tertiary rearrangements. The mechanisms of the transmission of the regulatory(More)
Better treatment of protein flexibility is essential in structure-based drug design projects such as virtual screening and protein-ligand docking. Diversity in ligand-binding mechanisms and receptor conformational changes makes it difficult to treat dynamic features of the receptor during the docking simulation. Thus, the use of pregenerated multiple(More)
Aspartate transcarbamylase (ATCase) is an important control enzyme in the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway in Escherichia coli. It is a classic example of an allosteric protein and has been extensively studied biochemically, kinetically and structurally. As yet, however, a detailed model for the cooperative transition between the tensed (T) and relaxed (R)(More)
The dielectric properties of proteins are central to their stability and activity. We use the Fröhlich-Kirkwood theory of dielectrics to analyze two 1-ns molecular dynamics simulations of ferro- and ferricytochrome c in spherical droplets of 1400 water molecules. Protein and solvent are idealized as a series of concentric, spherical, dielectric media.(More)
The method of diagonalization in a mixed basis (DIMB) that was published previously (Mouawad.), L. and Perahia D., Biopolymers 33, 599, 1993), allows the computation of the low-frequency vibrational modes for large macromolecules. Improvements to this method are presented here, namely the single and double truncation window techniques. The best convergence(More)
The quality of the results obtained in calculations with the hybrid QM/MM method IMOMM on systems where the heme group is partitioned in QM and MM regions is evaluated through the performance of calculations on the 4-coordinate [Fe(P)] (P = porphyrin), the 5-coordinate [Fe(P)(1− (Me)Im)] (Im = imidazole) and the 6-coordinate [Fe(P)(1− (Me)Im)(O2)] systems.(More)
The mean square amplitudes of atomic fluctuations for a polypeptide (decaglycine) alpha-helix evaluated from molecular dynamics simulations at seven temperatures between 5 and 300 K are compared with analytic harmonic results and with experimental values. Above 100 K the harmonic approximation significantly underestimates the amplitudes of the(More)
We use group theoretical methods to study the molecular dynamics of symmetric protein multimers in the harmonic or quasiharmonic approximation. The method explicitly includes the long-range correlations between protein subunits. It can thus address collective dynamic effects, such as cooperativity between subunits. The n lowest-frequency normal modes of(More)
Aspartate transcarbamylase (ATCase) is a classic example of an allosteric enzyme. It catalyzes the conversion of aspartate to carbamyl aspartate, which is the first substrate in the biosynthesis of pyrimidines. Although ATCase is well characterized, both structurally and biochemically, little is known at the atomic level about the large amplitude motions(More)