Mika A. Kastenholz

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We present a computational procedure aimed at understanding enzyme selectivity and guiding the design of drugs with respect to selectivity. It starts from a set of 3D structures of the target proteins characterized by the program GRID. In the multivariate description proposed, the variables are organized and scaled in a different way than previously(More)
Computation based on molecular models is playing an increasingly important role in biology, biological chemistry, and biophysics. Since only a very limited number of properties of biomolecular systems is actually accessible to measurement by experimental means, computer simulation can complement experiment by providing not only averages, but also(More)
We present the latest version of the Groningen Molecular Simulation program package, GROMOS05. It has been developed for the dynamical modelling of (bio)molecules using the methods of molecular dynamics, stochastic dynamics, and energy minimization. An overview of GROMOS05 is given, highlighting features not present in the last major release, GROMOS96. The(More)
The performance of the GROMOS96 parameter set 45A3 developed for aliphatic alkanes is tested on a bilayer of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in water in the liquid-crystalline Lα phase. Variants of the force-field parameter set as well as different sets of simulation conditions or simulation parameter sets are evaluated. In the case of the(More)
Eight 100-ns molecular dynamics simulations of a beta-heptapeptide in methanol at 340 K (within cubic periodic computational boxes of about 6-nm edge) are reported and compared. These simulations were performed with three different charge-state combinations at the peptide termini, one of them with or without a neutralizing chloride counterion, and using(More)
Over the past decades, the GROMOS force field for biomolecular simulation has primarily been developed for performing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of polypeptides and, to a lesser extent, sugars. When applied to DNA, the 43A1 and 45A3 parameter sets of the years 1996 and 2001 produced rather flexible double-helical structures, in which the(More)
The transition between the B and Z conformations of double-helical deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) belongs to the most complex and elusive conformational changes occurring in biomolecules. Since the accidental discovery of the left-handed Z-DNA form in the late 1970s, research on this DNA morphology has been engaged in resolving questions relative to its(More)
Artifacts induced by the application of periodic boundary conditions and lattice-sum methods in explicit-solvent simulations of (bio-)molecular systems are nowadays a major concern in the computer-simulation community. The present article reports a first step toward the design of a modified lattice-sum algorithm emulating nonperiodic boundary conditions,(More)
The computation of ionic solvation free energies from atomistic simulations is a surprisingly difficult problem that has found no satisfactory solution for more than 15 years. The reason is that the charging free energies evaluated from such simulations are affected by very large errors. One of these is related to the choice of a specific convention for(More)
The raw ionic solvation free energies computed from atomistic (explicit-solvent) simulations are extremely sensitive to the boundary conditions (finite or periodic system, system shape, and size) and treatment of electrostatic interactions (Coulombic, lattice sum, or cutoff based) used during these simulations. In the present article, it is shown that(More)
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