Dominique Lévesque

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Through evolution, enzymes have developed subtle modes of activation in order to ensure the sufficiently high substrate specificity required by modern cellular metabolism. One of these modes is the use of a target-dependent module (i.e. a docking domain) such as those found in signalling kinases. Upon the binding of the target to a docking domain, the(More)
For a long time nucleic acid-based approaches directed towards controlling the propagation of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) have been considered to possess high potential. Towards this end, ribozymes (i.e. RNA enzymes) that specifically recognize and subsequently catalyze the cleavage of their RNA substrate present an attractive molecular tool. Here, the unique(More)
The HDV ribozyme's folding pathway is, by far, the most complex folding pathway elucidated to date for a small ribozyme. It includes 6 different steps that have been shown to occur before the chemical cleavage. It is likely that other steps remain to be discovered. One of the most critical of these unknown steps is the formation of the trans Watson-Crick GU(More)
We have considered a system where the interaction, v(r)=v(IS)(r)+xi(2)v(MF)(r), is given as a linear combination of two potentials, each of which being characterized with a well-defined critical behavior: for v(IS)(r) we have chosen the potential of the restricted primitive model which is known to belong to the three-dimensional Ising universality class,(More)
Using the specific model of a system of like charged ions confined between two planar like charged surfaces, we compare the predictions for the energy and density profile of four simulation methods available to treat the long range Coulomb interactions in systems periodic in two directions but bound in the third one. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate(More)
Organoids have the potential to bridge 3D cell culture to tissue physiology by providing a model resembling in vivo organs. Long-term growing organoids were first isolated from intestinal crypt cells and recreated the renewing intestinal epithelial niche. Since then, this technical breakthrough was applied to many other organs, including prostate, liver,(More)
Taking advantage of recent estimates, by one of us, of the critical temperature of the isotropic-ferroelectric transition of high density dipolar hard spheres, we performed new Monte Carlo simulations in the close vicinity of these estimates and applied histogram reweighting methods to obtain refined values of the critical temperatures from the crossing of(More)
We assess the accuracy of the self-consistent Ornstein-Zernike approximation for a binary symmetric hard-core Yukawa mixture by comparison with Monte Carlo simulations of the phase diagrams obtained for different choices of the ratio alpha of the unlike-to-like interactions. In particular, from the results obtained at alpha=0.75 we find evidence for a(More)
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