John Z. H. Zhang

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We performed 45 ns atomistic force field based molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to explore the structure and dynamics of the Kvl.2 voltage-dependent potassium ion channel in both open and closed state conformations. The Kv1.2 crystal structure (PDB 2A79) based open state model and homologically derived closed state model are embedded in a hydrated lipid(More)
Energy-coupling factor (ECF) transporters are responsible for uptake of micronutrients in prokaryotes. The recently reported crystal structure of an ECF transporter RibU provided a foundation for understanding the structure and transport mechanism of ECF transporters. In the present study, molecular dynamics (MD) was carried out to study the conformational(More)
Recently, Baugh et al. discovered that a distal point mutation (F130L) in streptavidin causes no distinct variation to the structure of the binding pocket but a 1000-fold reduction in biotin binding affinity. In this work, we carry out molecular dynamics simulations and apply an end-state free energy method to calculate the binding free energies of biotin(More)
Inspired by the idea of charge decomposition in calculation of the dipole preserving and polarization consistent charges (Zhang et al., J. Comput. Chem. 2011, 32, 2127), we have proposed a numerically stable restrained electrostatic potential (ESP)-based charge fitting method for protein. The atomic charge is composed of two parts. The dominant part is(More)
We report full ab initio Hartree-Fock calculation to compute quantum mechanical interaction energies for beta-trypsin/benzamidine binding complex. In this study, the full quantum mechanical ab initio energy calculation for the entire protein complex with 3238 atoms is made possible by using a recently developed MFCC (molecular fractionation with conjugate(More)
Multiple single-trajectory molecular dynamics (MD) simulation at room temperature (300 K) in explicit water was carried out to study the folding dynamics of an α-helix (PDB 2I9M ) using a polarized charge scheme that includes electronic polarization of backbone hydrogen bonds. Starting from an extended conformation, the 17-residue peptide was successfully(More)
We present a quantum mechanical approach to study protein-ligand binding structure with application to a Adipocyte lipid-binding protein complexed with Propanoic Acid. The present approach employs a recently develop molecular fractionation with a conjugate caps (MFCC) method to compute protein-ligand interaction energy and performs energy optimization using(More)
The origin of strong affinity of biotin and its analogs binding to (strept)avidin is still the subject of an ongoing controversy. In this work, thermodynamic integration is carried out to study of the difference of binding free energies between biotin and iminobiotin to streptavidin. Three atomic charge schemes are implemented and compared. One is the(More)
Conspectus The desire to study molecular systems that are much larger than what the current state-of-the-art ab initio or density functional theory methods could handle has naturally led to the development of novel approximate methods, including semiempirical approaches, reduced-scaling methods, and fragmentation methods. The major computational limitation(More)