Matthew C. Zwier

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Sodium coupled cotransporters of the five-helix inverted repeat (5HIR) superfamily use an alternating access mechanism to transport a myriad of small molecules across the cell membrane. One of the primary steps in this mechanism is the conformational transition from a state poised to bind extracellular substrates to a state that is competent to deliver(More)
The weighted ensemble (WE) path sampling approach orchestrates an ensemble of parallel calculations with intermittent communication to enhance the sampling of rare events, such as molecular associations or conformational changes in proteins or peptides. Trajectories are replicated and pruned in a way that focuses computational effort on underexplored(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations were used to examine the structural dynamics of two fluorescent probes attached to a typical protein, hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL). The donor probe (D) was attached via a succinimide group, consistent with the commonly-used maleimide conjugation chemistry, and the acceptor probe (A) was bound into the protein as occurs(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations can provide atomically detailed views of protein motions, sampling multiple timescales ranging from femtoseconds to nanoseconds on typical computing resources. The 'reach' of these computer simulations toward biologically relevant timescales (microseconds and beyond) has been improving with advances in hardware and(More)
Atomically detailed views of molecular recognition events are of great interest to a variety of research areas in biology and chemistry. Here, we apply the weighted ensemble path sampling approach to improve the efficiency of explicit solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in sampling molecular association events between two methane molecules, Na(+)(More)
We report the first experimental measurements of Ramachandran Ψ-angle distributions for intrinsically disordered peptides: the N-terminal peptide fragment of tumor suppressor p53 and its P27S mutant form. To provide atomically detailed views of the conformational distributions, we performed classical, explicit-solvent molecular dynamics simulations on the(More)
We have explored the impact of a number of basic simulation parameters on the results of a recently developed hybrid molecular dynamics-quantum mechanics (MD-QM) method (Mercer et al., J Phys Chem B 1999, 103, 7720). The method utilizes MD simulations to explore the ground-state configuration space of the system and QM evaluation of those structures to(More)
The characterization of protein binding processes - with all of the key conformational changes - has been a grand challenge in the field of biophysics. Here, we have used the weighted ensemble path sampling strategy to orchestrate molecular dynamics simulations, yielding atomistic views of protein-peptide binding pathways involving the MDM2 oncoprotein and(More)
To my father, my first and foremost scientific and personal mentor. data from the McCoy group enabled the rotational analysis of Section 3.1, and geometries and MULTIMODE vibrational frequencies from the Bowman group enabled the discussion of Section 3.2.
Many intrinsically disordered proteins, which are prevalent in nature, fold only upon binding their structured partner proteins. Such proteins have been hypothesized to have a kinetic advantage over their folded, preorganized analogues in binding their partner proteins. Here we determined the effects of ligand preorganization on the kon for a biomedically(More)
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