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In a recent article (Lee, M. S.; Salsbury, F. R. Jr.; Brooks, C. L., III. J Chem Phys 2002, 116, 10606), we demonstrated that generalized Born (GB) theory provides a good approximation to Poisson electrostatic solvation energy calculations if one uses the same definitions of molecular volume for each. In this work, we present a new and improved analytic(More)
Protein domain prediction is often the preliminary step in both experimental and computational protein research. Here we present a new method to predict the domain boundaries of a multidomain protein from its amino acid sequence using a fuzzy mean operator. Using the nr-sequence database together with a reference protein set (RPS) containing known domain(More)
Based on recent developments in generalized Born (GB) theory that employ rapid volume integration schemes (M. S. Lee, F. R. Salabury, Jr., and C. L. Brooks III, J Chem Phys 2002, 116, 10606) we have recast the calculation of the self-electrostatic solvation energy to utilize a simple smoothing function at the dielectric boundary. The present GB model is(More)
This study compares generalized Born (GB) and Poisson (PB) methods for calculating electrostatic solvation energies of proteins. A large set of GB and PB implementations from our own laboratories as well as others is applied to a series of protein structure test sets for evaluating the performance of these methods. The test sets cover a significant range of(More)
The semiaquatic platypus and terrestrial echidnas (spiny anteaters) are the only living egg-laying mammals (monotremes). The fossil record has provided few clues as to their origins and the evolution of their ecological specializations; however, recent reassignment of the Early Cretaceous Teinolophos and Steropodon to the platypus lineage implies that(More)
Implicit solvent methods have become popular tools in the field of protein dynamics simulations, yet evaluation of their validity has been primarily limited to comparisons with experimental and theoretical data for small molecules. In this paper, we use a recently developed hybrid explicit/implicit solvent methodology to evaluate the accuracy of several(More)
Analyses of a comprehensive morphological character matrix of mammals using 'relaxed' clock models (which simultaneously estimate topology, divergence dates and evolutionary rates), either alone or in combination with an 8.5 kb nuclear sequence dataset, retrieve implausibly ancient, Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous estimates for the initial diversification of(More)
Computer simulations are increasingly being used to predict thermodynamic observables for folding small proteins. Key to continued progress in this area is the development of algorithms that accelerate conformational sampling. Temperature-based replica exchange (ReX) is a commonly used protocol whereby simulations at several temperatures are simultaneously(More)
UNLABELLED Budding of filoviruses, arenaviruses, and rhabdoviruses is facilitated by subversion of host proteins, such as Nedd4 E3 ubiquitin ligase, by viral PPxY late (L) budding domains expressed within the matrix proteins of these RNA viruses. As L domains are important for budding and are highly conserved in a wide array of RNA viruses, they represent(More)