Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula

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Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations complement experimental methods in studies of the structure and dynamics of lipid bilayers. The choice of algorithms employed in this computational method represents a trade-off between the accuracy and real calculation time. The largest portion of the simulation time is devoted to calculation of long-range electrostatic(More)
Molecular dynamics simulation of the hydrated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) bilayer membrane in the liquid-crystalline phase was carried out for 5 ns to study the interaction among DMPC headgroups in the membrane/water interface region. The phosphatidylcholine headgroup contains a positively charged choline group and negatively charged phosphate and(More)
G protein-coupled receptors relay diverse extracellular signals into cells via a common mechanism, involving activation of cytosol G proteins. The mechanism underlies the actions of approximately 50% of all drugs. In this work, we focus on simulating three protein-ligand complexes of the neurohypophyseal hormone analog 4-OH-phenylacetyl- D-Y(Me)FQNRPR-NH2(More)
This report addresses the following problems associated with the generation of computer models of phospholipid bilayer membranes using molecular dynamics simulations: arbitrary initial structures and short equilibration periods, an Ewald-induced strong coupling of phospholipids, uncertainty regarding which value should be used for surface tension to(More)
The main structural element of biological membranes is a liquid-crystalline lipid bilayer. Other constituents, i.e. proteins, sterols and peptides, either intercalate into or loosely attach to the bilayer. We applied a molecular dynamics simulation method to study membrane systems at various levels of compositional complexity. The studies were started from(More)
The interactions of the neurotransmitter dopamine, and its precursor l-dopa, with membrane lipids were investigated through a set of molecular dynamic simulations with all atom resolution. The results obtained indicate that both dopamine and l-dopa have a pronounced association with the lipid head groups, predominantly mediated through H-bonds. As a result(More)
In this data article we provide topologies and force field parameters files for molecular dynamics simulations of lipids in the OPLS-aa force field using the GROMACS package. This is the first systematic parameterization of lipid molecules in this force field. Topologies are provided for four phosphatidylcholines: saturated DPPC, mono-cis unsaturated POPC(More)
Our previously conducted pharmacological screening led as to the discovery of the strong local anesthetic activity of the compound designated as KP-23. Earlier crystallographic studies revealed that the compound KP-23 crystallized in diastereoisomeric form in lowest symmetry. The aim of these comparative investigations was to evaluate anesthetic activity of(More)
Magainin-2 is a natural peptide that kills bacteria at concentrations that are harmless to animal cells. Molecular modelling methods were applied to investigate basic mechanisms of magainin-2 amide (M2a) membrane selectiv-ity. Three computer models of a lipid matrix of either animal or bacterial membrane containing M2a were constructed and simulated.(More)
Lutein is present in the human retina and lens, where it plays a protective role. As lutein is associated with the lipid matrix of biomembranes, the role depends on its membrane location. Experimental studies predicted two orientations of lutein in a phosphatidylcholine (PC) bilayer: vertical and horizontal. Using a molecular dynamics simulation, we(More)