Josep Cantó

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This paper presents a numerical method to compute all possible conformations of distance-constrained molecular loops, i.e., loops where some interatomic distances are held fixed, while others can vary. The method is general (it can be applied to single or multiple intermingled loops of arbitrary topology) and complete (it isolates all solutions, even if(More)
The conformational preferences of peptides of the type, Ac-X-Y-NHMe, where X and Y = Ala, cage and Pro, were studied by means of computational techniques within the framework of a molecular mechanics approach. For each of the eight peptide analogues, extensive conformational searches were carried out using molecular dynamics (MD) and simulated annealing(More)
The present study was undertaken to examine the structural features that may be important to explain the immunogenicity of the (110-121) peptide sequence (FWRGDLVFDFQV) of VP3 capsid protein of hepatitis A virus. A conformational analysis of the preferred conformations by CD and molecular mechanics was carried out. Present results suggest that the(More)
The present study describes an extensive conformational search of substance P using two different computational methods. On the one hand, the peptide was studied using the iterative simulated annealing, and on the other, molecular dynamics simulations at 300 and 400 K. With the former method, the peptide was studied in vacuo with a dielectric constant of(More)
The specificity and sensitivity of agglutination, complement fixation, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) procedures in the detection of antibodies to Haemophilus somnus was investigated. H. somnus rabbit immune sera were found to agglutinate Pasteurella multocida, Staphylococcus aureus, and Haemophilus agni and, in some instances, also(More)
The present report regards a computational study aimed at assessing the conformational profile of the four stereoisomers of the peptide Ace-Pro-c3Phe-NMe, previously reported to exhibit beta-turn structures in dichloromethane with different type I/type II beta-turn profiles. Molecular systems were represented at the molecular mechanics level using the(More)
The present work is a combined structural study, using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Molecular Dynamics(MD), of the amidated and the free acid forms of substance P in water and methanol. The results obtained using both approaches were compared in order to characterize the structural features of both peptides in solution. From the NMR experiments it(More)
Kaliotoxin (KTX), a potassium channel blocker found in the venom of the scorpion Androctonous Mauretanicus is a 38 residue polypeptide with a well defined structure consisting of a alpha-helix and a three strand antiparallel beta-sheet interconnected by three disulfide bonds. Although the 3D structure has been determined by NMR, there is a number of(More)