Hung Duc Nguyen

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Self-assembly of viral proteins into icosahedral capsids is an interesting yet poorly understood phenomenon of which elucidation may aid the exploration of beneficial applications of capsids in materials science and medicine. Using molecular dynamics simulations of coarse-grained models for capsid proteins, we show that the competition between the formation(More)
Assembly of normally soluble proteins into amyloid fibrils is a cause or associated symptom of numerous human disorders, including Alzheimer's and the prion diseases. We report molecular-level simulation of spontaneous fibril formation. Systems containing 12-96 model polyalanine peptides form fibrils at temperatures greater than a critical temperature that(More)
Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of human gastroenteritis, is a thermophilic and microaerophilic bacterium. These characteristics make it a fastidious organism, which limits its ability to survive outside animal hosts. Nevertheless, C. jejuni can be transmitted to both humans and animals via environmental pathways, especially through(More)
Directed self-assembly of designed viral capsids holds significant potential for applications in materials science and medicine. However, the complexity of preparing these systems for assembly and the difficulty of quantitative experimental measurements on the assembly process have limited access to critical mechanistic questions that dictate the final(More)
This paper reports on a novel tunable capacitor with electrostatic angular vertical comb-drive (AVC) actuators. The AVC tunable capacitor creates a large offset in comb fingers through a small rotation angle—an advantage not found in conventional lateral comb-drive devices. High capacitance and large continuous tuning ratio is achieved in a compact device(More)
Ordered beta-sheet complexes, termed amyloid fibrils, are the underlying structural components of the intra- and extracellular fibrillar protein deposits that are associated with a variety of human diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and the prion diseases. In this work, we investigated the kinetics of fibril formation using our newly developed(More)
Amyloid fibrils are the structural components underlying the intra- and extracellular protein deposits that are associated with a variety of human diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and the prion diseases. In this work, we examine the thermodynamics of fibril formation using our newly-developed off-lattice intermediate-resolution protein model,(More)
Although biofilms represent a common bacterial lifestyle in clinically and environmentally important habitats, there is scant information on the extent of gene transfer in these spatially structured populations. The objective of this study was to gain insight into factors that affect transfer of the promiscuous multidrug resistance plasmid pB10 in(More)
We have investigated the folding of polyalanine by combining discontinuous molecular dynamics simulation with our newly developed off-lattice intermediate-resolution protein model. The thermodynamics of a system containing a single Ac-KA(14)K-NH(2) molecule has been explored by using the replica exchange simulation method to map out the conformational(More)
The protein shells, called capsids, of nearly all spherical viruses adopt icosahedral symmetry; however, self-assembly of such empty structures often occurs with multiple misassembly steps resulting in the formation of aberrant structures. Using simple models that represent the coat proteins preassembled in the two different predetermined species that are(More)