Niels Johan Christensen

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Fungal laccases are multicopper enzymes of industrial importance due to their high stability, multifunctionality, and oxidizing power. This paper reports computational protocols that quantify the relative stability (ΔΔG of folding) of mutants of high-redox-potential laccases (TvLIIIb and PM1L) with up to 11 simultaneously mutated sites with good correlation(More)
Laccases are highly stable, industrially important enzymes capable of oxidizing a large range of substrates. Causes for their stability are, as for other proteins, poorly understood. In this work, multiple-seed molecular dynamics (MD) was applied to a Trametes versicolor laccase in response to variable ionic strengths, temperatures, and glycosylation(More)
Self-assembly of proteins mediated by metal ions is crucial in biological systems and a better understanding and novel strategies for its control are important. An abiotic metal ion ligand in a protein offers the prospect of control of the oligomeric state, if a selectivity over binding to the native side chains can be achieved. Insulin binds Zn(II) to form(More)
Precise control of the oligomeric state of proteins is of central importance for biological function and for the properties of biopharmaceutical drugs. Here, the self-assembly of 2,2'-bipyridine conjugated monomeric insulin analogues, induced through coordination to divalent metal ions, was studied. This protein drug system was designed to form non-native(More)
Metal-ion-responsive transcriptional regulators within the MerR family effectively discriminate between mono- and divalent metal ions. Herein we address the origin of the specificity of the CueR protein for monovalent metal ions. Several spectroscopic techniques were employed to study Ag(I) , Zn(II) , and Hg(II) binding to model systems encompassing the(More)
Equilibrium dialysis, molecular modeling, and multivariate data analysis were used to investigate the nature of the molecular interactions between 21 vanillin-inspired phenolic derivatives, 4 bile salts, and 2 commercially available beta-glucan preparations, Glucagel and PromOat, from barley and oats. The two beta-glucan products showed very similar binding(More)
Experimental and calculated (B3LYP/6-31G(d)) vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and IR spectra are compared, illustrating that the structure and absolute configuration of ginkgolide B (GB) may be characterized directly in solution. A conformational search for GB using MacroModel and subsequent DFT optimizations (B3LYP/6-31G(d)) provides a structure for(More)
A recent computational protocol that accurately predicts and rationalizes protein multisite mutant stabilities has been extended to handle widely different isoforms of laccases. We apply the protocol to four isoenzymes of Trametes versicolor laccase (TvL) with variable lengths (498-503 residues) and thermostability (Topt ∼ 45-80 °C) and with 67-77% sequence(More)
Mono- and diaminated 2'-amino-LNA monomers were synthesized and introduced into oligonucleotides. Each modification imparts significant stabilization of nucleic acid duplexes and triplexes, excellent sequence selectivity, and significant nuclease resistance. Molecular modeling suggested that structural stabilization occurs via intrastrand electrostatic(More)
The conformational and hydration properties of the two disaccharides methyl beta-cellobioside and methyl beta-laminarabioside were investigated by NMR spectroscopy and explicit solvation molecular dynamics simulations using the carbohydrate solution force field (CSFF). Adiabatic maps produced with this force field displayed 4 minima A: (Phi=300 degrees ,(More)