Jérôme Mendes

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Transthyretin (TTR) belongs to a group of proteins, which includes thyroxine-binding globulin and albumin, that bind to and transport thyroid hormones in the blood. TTR is also indirectly implicated in the carriage of vitamin A through the mediation of retinol-binding protein (RBP). It was first identified in 1942 in human serum and cerebrospinal fluid and(More)
Side-chain modeling has a widespread application in many current methods for protein tertiary structure determination, prediction, and design. Of the existing side-chain modeling methods, rotamer-based methods are the fastest and most efficient. Classically, a rotamer is conceived as a single, rigid conformation of an amino acid sidechain. Here, we present(More)
A seven-iron ferredoxin was isolated from aerobically grown cells of the hyperthermoacidophilic archaeon Desulfurolobus ambivalens (DSM 3772). The protein is monomeric, with an apparent molecular mass of 15 kDa and contains 7 iron atoms/molecule. The N-terminal sequence shows a large similarity (70% identity) with that of the ferredoxin isolated from the(More)
With the objective of improving side-chain conformation prediction, we have analyzed the influence of various factors on prediction by the Self-Consistent Mean Field Theory method, applied to a set of high resolution x-ray protein structure models. These factors may be classed as variations in the mean field optimization protocol, variations in the(More)
The performance of the self-consistent mean field theory (SCMFT) method for side-chain modeling, employing rotamer energies calculated with the flexible rotamer model (FRM), is evaluated in the context of comparative modeling of protein structure. Predictions were carried out on a test set of 56 model backbones of varying accuracy, to allow side-chain(More)
The respiratory chain of the thermohalophilic bacterium Rhodothermus marinus contains a novel complex III and a high potential iron-sulfur protein (HiPIP) as the main electron shuttle (Pereira et al., Biochemistry 38 (1999) 1268-1275 and 1276-1283). In this paper, one of the terminal oxidases expressed in this bacterium is extensively characterised. It is a(More)
The tetraheme cytochrome c3 from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough is studied using molecular dynamics simulation studies in explicit solvent. The high heme content of the protein, which has its core almost entirely made up of c-type heme, presents specific problems in the simulation. Instability in the structure is observed in long simulations above 1(More)
Correct alignment of the sequence of a target protein with those of homologues of known three-dimensional structure is a key step in comparative modeling. Usually an iterative approach that takes account of the local and overall structural features is required. We describe such an approach that exploits databases of structural alignments of homologous(More)