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Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2J2 is one of the human CYPs involved in phase I xenobiotics metabolism. It is mainly expressed in extrahepatic tissues, including intestine and cardiovascular systems. The general role of CYP2J2 in drug metabolism is not yet fully understood, and the recent discovery that CYP2J2 can metabolize a wide range of structurally diverse(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)
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)
Replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations in neutral and acidic aqueous solutions were employed to study the intrinsic helical propensities of three helices in both Syrian hamster (syPrP) and human (huPrP) prion proteins. The helical propensities of syPrP HA and huPrP HA are very high under both pH conditions, which implies that HA is barely involved(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)
Effects of uncertainties in gas damping models, geometry and mechanical properties on the dynamics of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) capacitive switch are studied. A sample of typical capacitive switches has been fabricated and characterized at Purdue University. High-fidelity simulations of gas damping on planar microbeams are developed and(More)
The reliability of the linear interaction energy (LIE) depends on the atomic charge model used to delineate the Coulomb interaction between the ligand and its environment. In this work, the polarized protein-specific charge (PPC) implementing a recently proposed fitting scheme has been examined in the LIE calculations of the binding affinities for avidin(More)
Elucidating the relationship between sequence and conformation is essential for the understanding of functions of proteins. While sharing 88 % sequence identity and differing by only seven residues, GA88 and GB88 have completely different structures and serve as ideal systems for investigating the relationship between sequence and function. Benefiting from(More)
α-Helical hairpin (two-helix bundle) is a structure motif composed of two interacting helices connected by a turn or a short loop. It is an important model for protein folding studies, filling the gap between isolated α-helix and larger all-α domains. Here, we present, for the first time, successful folding simulations of an α-helical hairpin. Our RSFF1 and(More)