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Molecular mechanics force fields are widely used in computer-aided drug design for the study of drug candidates interacting with biological systems. In these simulations, the biological part is typically represented by a specialized biomolecular force field, while the drug is represented by a matching general (organic) force field. In order to apply these(More)
Monosaccharide derivatives such as xylose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), N-acetylgalactosamine (GlaNAc), glucuronic acid, iduronic acid, and N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) are important components of eukaryotic glycans. The present work details development of force-field parameters for these monosaccharides and their covalent connections to(More)
Presented is an extension of the CHARMM additive carbohydrate all-atom force field to enable modeling of polysaccharides containing furanose sugars. The new force field parameters encompass 1 ↔ 2, 1 → 3, 1 → 4, and 1 → 6 pyranose-furanose linkages and 2 → 1 and 2 → 6 furanose-furanose linkages, building on existing hexopyranose and furanose monosaccharide(More)
Blood flow to the skin is controlled by body temperatures in two ways: core and mean skin temperature combine in the central nervous system to form a reflex mechanism that controls the frequency of activity in sympathetic nerves to the cutaneous blood vessels; and local mechanisms independent of reflex effects control contractile response to the sympathetic(More)
The applicability of a computational method, Site Identification by Ligand Competitive Saturation (SILCS), to identify regions on a protein surface with which different types of functional groups on low-molecular weight inhibitors interact is demonstrated. The method involves molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a protein in an aqueous solution of(More)
Using replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations and the implicit solvent model we probed binding of ibuprofen to Abeta(10-40) monomers and amyloid fibrils. We found that the concave (CV) fibril edge has significantly higher binding affinity for ibuprofen than the convex edge. Furthermore, binding of ibuprofen to Abeta monomers, as compared to fibrils,(More)
The thermodynamic driving forces behind small molecule-protein binding are still not well-understood, including the variability of those forces associated with different types of ligands in different binding pockets. To better understand these phenomena we calculate spatially resolved thermodynamic contributions of the different molecular degrees of freedom(More)
This paper deals with the development and validation of new potential parameter sets, based on the CHARMM36 and GLYCAM06 force fields, to simulate micelles of the two anomeric forms (α and β) of N-dodecyl-β-maltoside (C(12)G(2)), a surfactant widely used in the extraction and purification of membrane proteins. In this context, properties such as size,(More)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are considered as potential therapeutic agents against Alzheimer's disease. Using replica exchange molecular dynamics and atomistic implicit solvent model, we studied the mechanisms of binding of naproxen and ibuprofen to the Abeta fibril derived from solid-state NMR measurements. The binding temperature of naproxen is(More)