Maria Cristina Menziani

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The oxidation of cytochrome f by the soluble cupredoxin plastocyanin is a central reaction in the photosynthetic electron transfer chain of all oxygenic organisms. Here, two different computational approaches are used to gain new insights into the role of molecular recognition and protein-protein association processes in this redox reaction. First, a(More)
Theoretical descriptors obtained from quantum mechanical calculations on isolated ligands in different media and molecular dynamics simulations of ligand-enzyme complexes have been used to obtain a quantitative rationalization of the inhibition of CYP1A2 and CYP1A2 by three series of flavonoids. Predictive models obtained through one-descriptor QSAR studies(More)
Two series of glasses of general formula (2-p) SiO2.1.1Na2O.CaO.pP2O5.xZnO (p=0.10, 0.20; x=0.0, 0.16, 0.35, and 0.78) have been analyzed for physico-chemical surface features before and after contact with simulated body fluid, morphological characteristics, and osteoblast-like cells behavior when cultured on them. The resulted good cell adhesion and(More)
The results of a qualitative and quantitative structure-property relationships analysis of multicomponent potential bioglasses of composition (2 - y) SiO2 x 1 Na2O x 1.1 CaO x y P2O5 x x ZnO (x = 0, 0.16, 0.35, 0.78 and y = 0.10, 0.20, 0.36) are presented. Quantitative models are obtained by means of structural descriptors derived by molecular dynamics(More)
Three-dimensional models of the cytochromes P450 IA2, P450 IID6 and P450 IIIA4 were built by means of comparative modeling using the X-ray crystallographic structures of P450 CAM, P450 BM-3, P450 TERP and P450 ERYF as templates. The three cytochromes were analyzed both in their intrinsic structural features and in their interaction properties with fifty(More)
Blue copper proteins are type-I copper-containing redox proteins whose role is to shuttle electrons from an electron donor to an electron acceptor in bacteria and plants. A large amount of experimental data is available on blue copper proteins; however, their functional characterization is hindered by the complexity of redox processes in biological systems.(More)
The functional serotonin type-3 receptor (5-HT(3)-R), which is the target of many neuroactive drugs, is known to be a homopentamer made of five identical subunits A (5-HT(3A)-R) or a binary heteropentamer made of subunits A and B (5-HT(3A/B)-R) with a still debated arrangement and stoichiometry. This complex picture has been recently further complicated by(More)
The serotonin 5-HT(3) receptor subtype is unique among the receptors for this neurotransmitter because it has been demonstrated to be a ligand-gated ion channel capable of mediating rapid intercellular communication. This review covers the authors work performed during more than a decade in the development of 5-HT(3) receptor ligands belonging to the(More)
The molecular structure and the dynamic behaviour of some potent 5-HT3 antagonists structurally related to quipazine have been investigated by NMR spectroscopy and by computational methods in order to gain insight into the structure-activity relationships at a molecular level. The role of the different dynamic behaviour of these compounds in the binding to(More)