Marissa G Saunders

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Multiscale models are important tools to elucidate how small changes in local subunit conformations may propagate to affect the properties of macromolecular complexes. We review recent advances in coarse-graining methods for poly-protein assemblies, systems that are composed of many copies of relatively few components, with a particular focus on viral(More)
The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRT) proteins mediate fundamental membrane remodeling events that require stabilizing negative membrane curvature. These include endosomal intralumenal vesicle formation, HIV budding, nuclear envelope closure, and cytokinetic abscission. ESCRT-III subunits perform key roles in these processes by(More)
Experiments have shown that actin is structurally polymorphic, but knowledge of the details of molecular level heterogeneity in both the dynamics of a single subunit and the interactions between subunits is still lacking. Here, using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of the actin filament, we identify domains of atoms that move in a correlated(More)
Human carbonic anhydrase II (HCA II), among the fastest enzymes known, catalyzes the reversible hydration of CO 2 to HCO 3 (-). The rate-limiting step of this reaction is believed to be the formation of an intramolecular water wire and transfer of a proton across the active site cavity from a zinc-bound solvent to a proton shuttling residue (His64). X-ray(More)
Actin, a highly conserved cytoskeletal protein found in all eukaryotic cells, facilitates cell motility and membrane remodeling via a directional polymerization cycle referred to as treadmilling. The nucleotide bound at the core of each actin subunit regulates this process. Although the biochemical kinetics of treadmilling has been well characterized, the(More)
Investigated in this paper are the initial stages of the laminar, two-dimensional, thermal-fluid problem of forced and mixed convective heat transfer from accelerated flow past an elliptic cylinder. The cylinder is taken to be inclined at an angle g with the horizontal and the viscous incompressible Boussinesq fluid accelerates uniformly from rest past it.(More)
Iterative procedures for optimizing properties of molecular models often converge slowly owing to the computational cost of accurately representing features of interest. Here, we introduce a preconditioning scheme that allows one to use a less expensive model to guide exploration of the energy landscape of a more expensive model and thus speed the discovery(More)
Coarse-graining a molecular model is the process of integrating over degrees of freedom to obtain a reduced representation. This process typically involves two separate but related steps, selection of the coordinates comprising the reduced system and modeling their interactions. Both the coordinate selection and the modeling procedure present challenges.(More)
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