Holger Merlitz

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We investigate the accuracy of the binding modes predicted for 83 complexes of the high-resolution subset of the ASTEX/CCDC receptor-ligand database using the atomistic FlexScreen approach with a simple forcefield-based scoring function. The median RMS deviation between experimental and predicted binding mode was just 0.83 A. Over 80% of the ligands dock(More)
Using a cascadic version of the stochastic tunneling method we perform an all-atom database screen over 186,000 flexible ligands of the NCI 3D database against the thymidine kinase receptor. By analyzing the errors in the binding energy we demonstrate how the cascadic technique is superior to conventional sequential docking techniques and how reliable(More)
In this paper, polymer brushes are studied via molecular-dynamics simulations at very high grafting densities, where the crossover between the brush regime and the polymer-crystal regime is taking place. This crossover is directly observed with the structure factor and pair-correlation function. With increasing grafting density, this crystallization is(More)
In this paper a lattice model for the diffusional transport of particles in the interphase cell nucleus is proposed. The dynamical behavior of single chains on the lattice is investigated and Rouse scaling is verified. Dynamical dense networks are created by a combined version of the bond fluctuation method and a Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm. Semidilute(More)
The diffusion-controlled limit of reaction times for site-specific DNA-binding proteins is derived from first principles. We follow the generally accepted concept that a protein propagates via two competitive modes, a three-dimensional diffusion in space and a one-dimensional sliding along the DNA. However, our theoretical treatment of the problem is new.(More)
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In this paper, a new method to efficiently simulate diffusion controlled second order chemical reactions is derived and applied to site-specific DNA-binding proteins. The protein enters a spherical cell and propagates via two competing modes, a free diffusion and a DNA-sliding mode, to search for its specific binding site in the center of the cell. There is(More)
Mixed polymer brushes as functional ultra thin films for surface functionalization have an enormous potential to create a variety of smart, switchable, and multifunctional surfaces and thin films. It is shown how computer simulations can contribute to a better understanding of the switching behavior of brushes. Furthermore, it is described how polymer(More)
We study the effective interactions between nanoparticles immersed in an athermal polymer solution using Molecular dynamics. The directly measured polymer-induced depletion forces are well described with a scaling model in which the attraction between particles is caused by the depletion of concentration blobs and thus independent of the length of the(More)