Galen Collier

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Fixed-charge empirical force fields have been developed and widely used over the past three decades for all-atom molecular simulations. Most simulation programs providing these methods enable only one set of force field parameters to be used for the entire system. Whereas this is generally suitable for single-phase systems, the molecular environment at the(More)
The pursuit for more sensitive NMR probes culminated with development of the cryogenic cooled NMR probe. A key factor for the sensitivity is the overall resistance of RF circuitry and sample. Lowering the coil temperature to approximately 25 K and the use of superconducting coil material has greatly reduced the resistance contribution of the hardware.(More)
All-atom empirical molecular mechanics protein force fields, which have been developed to represent the energetics of peptide folding behavior in aqueous solution, have not been parameterized for protein interactions with solid material surfaces. As a result, their applicability for representing the adsorption behavior of proteins with functionalized(More)
In order to evaluate the transferability of existing empirical force fields for all-atom molecular simulations of protein adsorption behavior, we have developed and applied a method to calculate the adsorption free energy (DeltaG(ads)) of model peptides on functionalized surfaces for comparison with available experimental data. Simulations were conducted(More)
14-mer alpha-helix and 15-mer beta-strand oligopeptides composed of leucine (L) and lysine (K) were used to investigate peptide adsorption and orientation onto well-defined methyl and carboxylic acid-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) surfaces with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS).(More)
Studies of six 5-(pyren-1-yl-ethynyl)-2'-deoxyuridine (U(PY))-substituted DNA duplexes in this work test and support the conclusions reported by Gaballah et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 5927-5934) based on investigations of 5-(2-pyren-1-yl-ethylenyl)-2'-deoxyuridine (U(PE))-substituted DNA hairpins. As expected because of the rigid ethynyl linker in(More)
When performing molecular dynamics simulations for a system with constrained (fixed) atoms, traditional isobaric algorithms (e.g., NPT simulation) often cannot be used. In addition, the calculation of the internal pressure of a system with fixed atoms may be highly inaccurate due to the nonphysical nature of the atomic constraints and difficulties in(More)
In a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, representative sampling over the entire phase space is desired to obtain an accurate canonical distribution at a given temperature. For large molecules, such as proteins, this is problematic because systems tend to become trapped in local energy minima. The extensively used replica-exchange molecular dynamics (REMD)(More)
The simulation of the interactions of proteins with charged surfaces in a condensed-phase aqueous solution containing electrolytes using empirical force field based methods is predominantly governed by nonbonded interactions between the atoms of the protein, surface, and the solvent. Electrostatic effects represent the strongest type of these interactions(More)
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