Pier Giuseppe De Benedetti

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This study represents the first attempt to couple, by computational experiments, the mechanisms of intramolecular and intermolecular communication concerning a guanidine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF), the thromboxane A2 receptor (TXA2R), and the cognate G protein (Gq) in its heterotrimeric GDP-bound state. Two-way pathways mediate the communication(More)
Herein we make an overview of the results of our computational experiments aimed at gaining insight into the molecular mechanisms of GPCR functioning either in their normal conditions or when hit by gain-of-function or loss-of-function mutations. Molecular simulations of a number of GPCRs in their wild type and mutated as well as free and ligand-bound forms(More)
Comparative molecular dynamics simulations of the 5-HT(1A) receptor in its empty as well as agonist- (i.e. active) and antagonist-bound (i.e. nonactive) forms have been carried out. The agonists 5-HT and (R)-8-OH-DPAT as well as the antagonist WAY100635 have been employed. The results of this study strengthen the hypothesis that the receptor portions close(More)
Fragment complementation is gaining an increasing impact as a nonperturbing method to probe noncovalent interactions within protein supersecondary structures. In this study, the fast Fourier transform rigid-body docking algorithm ZDOCK has been employed for in silico reconstitution of the calcium binding protein calbindin D9k, from its two EF-hands(More)
Three-dimensional models of the cytochromes P450 IA2, P450 IID6 and P450 IIIA4 were built by means of comparative modeling using the X-ray crystallographic structures of P450 CAM, P450 BM-3, P450 TERP and P450 ERYF as templates. The three cytochromes were analyzed both in their intrinsic structural features and in their interaction properties with fifty(More)
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Correlation analysis was carried out between binding affinity data values from the literature and physicochemical molecular descriptors of two series of single point mutated canonical inhibitors of serine proteases, namely bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor (BPTI) and turkey ovomucoid third domain (OMTKY3), toward seven enzymes. Simple quantitative(More)
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