Laura Orellana

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We present a new method for estimating pathways for conformational transitions in macromolecules from the use of discrete molecular dynamics and biasing techniques based on a combination of essential dynamics and Maxwell-Demon sampling techniques. The method can work with high efficiency at different levels of resolution, including the atomistic one, and(More)
SUMMARY FlexServ is a web-based tool for the analysis of protein flexibility. The server incorporates powerful protocols for the coarse-grained determination of protein dynamics using different versions of Normal Mode Analysis (NMA), Brownian dynamics (BD) and Discrete Dynamics (DMD). It can also analyze user provided trajectories. The server allows a(More)
Biodesulfurization (BDS) in a bioreactor packed with a catalytic bed of silica containing immobilized Rhodococcus rhodochrous was studied. Various bed lengths and support particle sizes were evaluated for BDS of dibenzothiophene (DBT) and gas oil. The sulfur-containing substrates were introduced separately into the bioreactor at different feed flows. Higher(More)
Correlated motions in proteins can mediate fundamental biochemical processes such as signal transduction and allostery. The mechanisms that underlie these processes remain largely unknown due mainly to limitations in their direct detection. Here, based on a detailed analysis of protein structures deposited in the protein data bank, as well as on(More)
The atmospheric quality and distribution of heavy metals were evaluated throughout a wide region of Argentina. In addition, the biomonitor performance of Tillandsia capillaris Ruiz & Pav. f. capillaris was studied in relation to the accumulation of heavy metals and to its physiologic response to air pollutants. A sampling area of 50,000 km2 was selected in(More)
Flexibility is the key magnitude to understand the variety of functions of proteins. Unfortunately, its experimental study is quite difficult, and in fact, most experimental procedures are designed to reduce flexibility and allow a better definition of the structure. Theoretical approaches have become then the alternative but face serious timescale(More)
Elastic network models (ENMs) are coarse-grained descriptions of proteins as networks of coupled harmonic oscillators. However, despite their widespread application to study collective movements, there is still no consensus parametrization for the ENMs. When compared to molecular dynamics (MD) flexibility in solution, the ENMs tend to disperse the important(More)
Protein conformational changes are at the heart of cell functions, from signalling to ion transport. However, the transient nature of the intermediates along transition pathways hampers their experimental detection, making the underlying mechanisms elusive. Here we retrieve dynamic information on the actual transition routes from principal component(More)
A diagnostic study was done on Melia azedarach L. in relation to atmospheric pollutants in Córdoba city, Argentina. The study area receives regional pollutants, and it was categorized taking into account traffic level, industrial level, location of the sample point in relation to the corner, treeless condition, building type, topographic level and distance(More)
The heritability of genetic resistance of radiata pine against Fusarium circinatum was not clear. We demonstrated that there are at least 3 QTLs that could be involved in this resistance/susceptibility. A genetic linkage map was developed for Pinus radiata, using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP), Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat (ISSR), Selective(More)