Ferran Feixas

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The proper understanding of biomolecular recognition mechanisms that take place in a drug target is of paramount importance to improve the efficiency of drug discovery and development. The intrinsic dynamic character of proteins has a strong influence on biomolecular recognition mechanisms and models such as conformational selection have been widely used to(More)
Folding of four fast-folding proteins, including chignolin, Trp-cage, villin headpiece and WW domain, was simulated via accelerated molecular dynamics (aMD). In comparison with hundred-of-microsecond timescale conventional molecular dynamics (cMD) simulations performed on the Anton supercomputer, aMD captured complete folding of the four proteins in(More)
The concepts of conjugation and hyperconjugation play an important role to provide an explanation for several fundamental phenomena observed in organic chemistry. Because these effects cannot be directly measured experimentally, their assessment became a primary concern for chemists from the very beginning. In general, the stabilization produced by both(More)
Arginine methylation is a novel post-translational modification within the voltage-gated ion channel superfamily, including the cardiac sodium channel, NaV1.5. We show that NaV1.5 R513 methylation decreases S516 phosphorylation rate by 4 orders of magnitude, the first evidence of protein kinase A inhibition by arginine methylation. Reciprocally, S516(More)
The experimental UV/vis absorption spectrum of ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde (o-NBA) has been assigned by means of MS-CASPT2/CASSCF, TD-DFT, and RI-CC2 theoretical computations. Additional information on the nature of the absorbing bands was obtained by comparing the o-NBA spectrum with that of related compounds, as, e.g., nitrobenzene and benzaldehyde. For(More)
With the rise in antibiotic resistance, there is interest in discovering new drugs active against new targets. Here, we investigate the dynamic structures of three isoprenoid synthases from Mycobacterium tuberculosis using molecular dynamics (MD) methods with a view to discovering new drug leads. Two of the enzymes, cis-farnesyl diphosphate synthase(More)
Aromaticity is a central chemical concept widely used in modern chemistry for the interpretation of molecular structure, stability, reactivity, and magnetic properties of many compounds. As such, its reliable prediction is an important task of computational chemistry. In recent years, many methods to quantify aromaticity based on different physicochemical(More)
o-Nitrobenzaldehyde is photolabile because of an irreversible phototautomerization, whereas comparable aromatic compounds function as photoprotectors because the tautomerization is reversible. In this experimental and theoretical study we track down the cause of this difference to the electronic changes that occur during the tautomerization.
Ab initio surface-hopping dynamics calculations have been performed to simulate the intramolecular excited state hydrogen transfer dynamics of ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde (o-NBA) in the gas phase from the electronic S(1) excited state. Upon UV excitation, the hydrogen is transferred from the aldehyde substituent to the nitro group, generating o-nitrosobenzoic(More)
The lack of reference aromatic systems in the realm of inorganic aromatic compounds makes the evaluation of aromaticity in all-metal and semimetal clusters a difficult task. To date, calculation of nucleus-independent chemical shifts (NICS) has been the most widely used method to discuss aromaticity in these systems. In the first part of this work, we(More)