Jorge A. Vila

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A server (CheShift) has been developed to predict (13)C(alpha) chemical shifts of protein structures. It is based on the generation of 696,916 conformations as a function of the phi, psi, omega, chi1 and chi2 torsional angles for all 20 naturally occurring amino acids. Their (13)C(alpha) chemical shifts were computed at the DFT level of theory with a small(More)
Several hydration models for peptides and proteins based on solvent accessible surface area have been proposed previously. We have evaluated some of these models as well as four new ones in the context of near-native conformations of a protein. In addition, we propose an empirical site-site distance-dependent correction that can be used in conjunction with(More)
The alanine-based peptide Ac-XX(A)7OO-NH2, referred to as XAO (where X, A, and O denote diaminobutyric acid, alanine, and ornithine, respectively), has recently been proposed to possess a well defined polyproline II (P(II)) conformation at low temperatures. Based on the results of extensive NMR and CD investigations combined with theoretical calculations,(More)
Recent improvements in the protein-structure prediction method developed in our laboratory, based on the thermodynamic hypothesis, are described. The conformational space is searched extensively at the united-residue level by using our physics-based UNRES energy function and the conformational space annealing method of global optimization. The lowest-energy(More)
Continuum solvation models that estimate free energies of solvation as a function of solvent accessible surface area are computationally simple enough to be useful for predicting protein conformation. The behavior of three such solvation models has been examined by applying them to the minimization of the conformational energy of bovine pancreatic trypsin(More)
A recently determined set of 20 NMR-derived conformations of a 48-residue all-alpha-helical protein, (PDB ID code 2JVD), is validated here by comparing the observed (13)C(alpha) chemical shifts with those computed at the density functional level of theory. In addition, a recently introduced physics-based method, aimed at determining protein structures by(More)
We recently reported a theoretical characterization of representative ensembles of statistical-coil conformations for tetrapeptides with unblocked termini in aqueous solution, at pH 7. The results showed good agreement between the computed Boltzmann-averaged and experimentally-determined values for both the vicinal coupling constants (3)J(NHalpha) and the(More)
A method that makes use of information provided by the combination of (13)C(α) and (13)C(β) chemical shifts, computed at the density functional level of theory, enables one to (i) validate, at the residue level, conformations of proteins and detect backbone or side-chain flaws by taking into account an ensemble average of chemical shifts over all of the(More)
A fast and accurate method to compute the total solvation free energies of proteins as a function of pH is presented. The method makes use of a combination of approaches, some of which have already appeared in the literature; (i) the Poisson equation is solved with an optimized fast adaptive multigrid boundary element (FAMBE) method; (ii) the electrostatic(More)
The structure of the 36 residue villin headpiece subdomain is investigated with the electrostatically driven Monte Carlo method. The ECEPP/3 (Empirical Conformational Energy Program for Peptides) force field, plus two different continuum solvation models, were used to describe the conformational energy of the chain with both blocked and unblocked N and C(More)