Miroslav Pinak

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Conformational properties of a UV-damaged DNA decamer containing a cis.syn cyclobutane thymine dimer (PD) have been investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Results from MD simulations of the damaged decamer DNA show a kink of approximately 21.7 degrees at the PD damaged site and a disruption of H bonding between the 5'-thymine of the PD and its(More)
One nanosecond molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was performed for two DNA segments each composed of 30 base pairs. In one DNA segment the native guanines at nucleotides positions 17 and 19 were replaced with two 8-oxoguanines (8-oxoG) (8-oxoG is mutagenic DNA oxo-lesion). The analysis of results was focused on the electrostatic energy that is supposed to(More)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety requirements: 'General Safety Requirements Part 3--Radiation protection and safety of radiation sources: International Basic Safety Standards' (BSS) was approved by the IAEA Board of Governors at its meeting in September 2011, and was issued as General Safety Requirements Part 3 in July 2014. The(More)
Clustered DNA damage sites induced by ionizing radiation have been suggested to have serious consequences to organisms, such as cancer, due to their reduced probability to be repaired by the enzymatic repair machinery of the cell. Although experimental results have revealed that clustered DNA damage sites effectively retard the efficient function of repair(More)
Due to their lethal consequences and a relatively high probability of introduction of repair errors and mutations, single and double strand breaks are among the most important and dangerous DNA lesions. However, the mechanisms of their recognition and repair processes are only poorly known at present. This work defines and analyzes a DNA with single strand(More)
Acetylation of lysine residues, one of the most common protein post-transcriptional modifications, is thought to regulate protein affinity with other proteins or nucleotides. Experimentally, the effects of acetylation have been studied using recombinant mutants in which lysine residues (K) are substituted with glutamine (Q) as a mimic of acetyl lysine (KQ(More)
We have examined the role of the catalytic lysine (Lys 249) in breaking the glycosidic bond of 8-oxoguanine in the enzyme human 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase. Until quite recently it has been assumed that this lysine acts as a nucleophile in an S(N)2 type of reaction after being activated through a donation of a proton to a strictly conserved aspartate, also(More)
The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of DNA mutagenic oxidative lesion, 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG), complexed with the repair enzyme, human oxoguanine glycosylase 1 (hOGG1), was performed for 1 nanosecond (ns) in order to describe the dynamical process of DNA-enzyme complex formation. After 900 picoseconds of MD the lesioned DNA and enzyme formed a(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of DNA dodecamer d (CGCGAATTC*GCG)2 with a primary radiation damage represented by 5-hydroxy-6-cytosinyl radical (C*) in position 9 was performed with AMBER 4.0 force field with periodic boundary conditions for the solvent. The temperature, potential energy of the system, energetic contributions from groups and RMS(More)
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