Mai Suan Li

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Scaling of folding properties of proteins is studied in a toy system – the lattice Go model with various two-and three-dimensional geometries of the maximally compact native states. Characteristic folding times grow as power laws with the system size. The corresponding exponents are not universal. Scaling of the thermodynamic stability also indicates(More)
An accurate estimation of binding free energy of a ligand to receptor ΔG(bind) is one of the most important problems in drug design. The success of solution of this problem is expected to depend on force fields used for modeling a ligand-receptor complex. In this paper, we consider the impact of four main force fields, AMBER99SB, CHARMM27, GROMOS96 43a1,(More)
Finite size effects on the cooperative thermal denaturation of proteins are considered. A dimensionless measure of cooperativity, Omegac, scales as Nzeta, where N is the number of amino acids. Surprisingly, we find that zeta is universal with zeta=1+gamma, where the exponent gamma characterizes the divergence of the susceptibility for a self-avoiding walk.(More)
Since March 2009, the rapid spread of infection during the recent A/H1N1 swine flu pandemic has raised concerns of a far more dangerous outcome should this virus become resistant to current drug therapies. Currently oseltamivir (tamiflu) is intensively used for the treatment of influenza and is reported effective for 2009 A/H1N1 virus. However, as this(More)
Using exhaustive Monte Carlo simulations we study the kinetics and mechanism of fibril formation using lattice models as a function of temperature (T) and the number of chains (M). While these models are, at best, caricatures of peptides, we show that a number of generic features thought to govern fibril assembly are captured by the toy model. The monomer,(More)
The refolding from stretched initial conformations of ubiquitin (PDB ID: 1ubq) under the quenched force is studied using the C(alpha)-Gō model and the Langevin dynamics. It is shown that the refolding decouples the collapse and folding kinetics. The force-quench refolding-times scale as tau(F) approximately exp(f(q)Deltax(F)/k(B)T), where f(q) is the quench(More)
We have developed a new extended replica exchange method to study thermodynamics of a system in the presence of external force. Our idea is based on the exchange between different force replicas to accelerate the equilibrium process. This new approach was applied to obtain the force-temperature phase diagram and other thermodynamical quantities of the(More)
The folding of the alpha-helix domain hbSBD of the mammalian mitochondrial branched-chain alpha-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex is studied by the circular dichroism technique in absence of urea. Thermal denaturation is used to evaluate various thermodynamic parameters defining the equilibrium unfolding, which is well described by the two-state model with the(More)
We analyze the dependence of cooperativity of the thermal denaturation transition and folding rates of globular proteins on the number of amino acid residues, N, using lattice models with side chains, off-lattice Go models, and the available experimental data. A dimensionless measure of cooperativity, Omega(c) (0 < Omega(c) < infinity), scales as Omega(c)(More)
Mechanical unfolding of the fourth domain of Distyostelium discoideum filamin (DDFLN4) was studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations, using the GROMOS96 force field 43a1 and the simple point charge explicit water solvent. Our study reveals an important role of non-native interactions in the unfolding process. Namely, the existence of a peak(More)