Jorge A. Vila

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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)
Type II restriction endonucleases (REases) are deoxyribonucleases that cleave DNA sequences with remarkable specificity. Type II REases are highly divergent in sequence as well as in topology, i.e. the connectivity of secondary structure elements. A widely held assumption is that a structural core of five beta-strands flanked by two alpha-helices is common(More)
By using local (free-energy profiles along the amino acid sequence and (13)C(α) chemical shifts) and global (principal component) analyses to examine the molecular dynamics of protein-folding trajectories, generated with the coarse-grained united-residue force field, for the B domain of staphylococcal protein A, we are able to (i) provide the main reason(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)
Availability of energy functions which can discriminate native-like from non-native protein conformations is crucial for theoretical protein structure prediction and refinement of low-resolution protein models. This article reports the results of benchmark tests for scoring functions based on two all-atom ECEPP force fields, that is, ECEPP/3 and ECEPP05,(More)
The purpose of this work is to test several density functional models (namely, OPBE, O3LYP, OPW91, BPW91, OB98, BPBE, B971, OLYP, PBE1PBE, and B3LYP) to determine their accuracy and speed for computing (13)C(alpha) chemical shifts in proteins. The test is applied to 10 NMR-derived conformations of the 76-residue alpha/beta protein ubiquitin (protein data(More)
The goal of this study is twofold. First, to investigate the relative influence of the main structural factors affecting the computation of the (13)C' shielding, namely, the conformation of the residue itself and the next nearest-neighbor effects. Second, to determine whether calculation of the (13)C' shielding at the density functional level of theory(More)
UNLABELLED The differences between observed and predicted (13)C(α) chemical shifts can be used as a sensitive probe with which to detect possible local flaws in protein structures. For this reason, we previously introduced CheShift, a Web server for protein structure validation. Now, we present CheShift-2 in which a graphical user interface is implemented(More)
Knowledge of the three-dimensional structures of glycans and glycoproteins is useful for a full understanding of molecular processes in which glycans are involved, such as antigen-recognition and virus infection, to name a few. Among the ubiquitous nuclei in glycan molecules, the (13)C nucleus is an attractive candidate for computation of theoretical(More)
Glycans are key molecules in many physiological and pathological processes. As with other molecules, like proteins, visualization of the 3D structures of glycans adds valuable information for understanding their biological function. Hence, here we introduce Azahar, a computing environment for the creation, visualization and analysis of glycan molecules.(More)