Rajmund Kazmierkiewicz

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Recent improvements in the protein-structure prediction method developed in our laboratory, based on the thermodynamic hypothesis, are described. The conformational space is searched extensively at the united-residue level by using our physics-based UNRES energy function and the conformational space annealing method of global optimization. The lowest-energy(More)
Recent improvements of a hierarchical ab initio or de novo approach for predicting both alpha and beta structures of proteins are described. The united-residue energy function used in this procedure includes multibody interactions from a cumulant expansion of the free energy of polypeptide chains, with their relative weights determined by Z-score(More)
Caffeine is one of the most important biologically active food components. In this article, we demonstrate that caffeine and other methylxanthines significantly reduce the mutagenic activity of two food-derived heterocyclic aromatic amines, Trp-P-1 and Trp-P-2 in the Salmonella typhimurium TA98 strain. Moreover, protection against Trp-P-1-induced(More)
G protein-coupled receptors relay diverse extracellular signals into cells via a common mechanism, involving activation of cytosol G proteins. The mechanism underlies the actions of approximately 50% of all drugs. In this work, we focus on simulating three protein-ligand complexes of the neurohypophyseal hormone analog 4-OH-phenylacetyl- D-Y(Me)FQNRPR-NH2(More)
The evolutionary development of a theoretical approach to the protein folding problem, in our laboratory, is traced. The theoretical foundations and the development of a suitable empirical all-atom potential energy function and a global optimization search are examined. Whereas the all-atom approach has thus far succeeded for relatively small molecules and(More)
The nonapeptide hormones arginine vasopressin (CYFQNCPRG-NH2, AVP) and oxytocin (CYIQNCPLG-NH2, OT), control many essential functions in mammals. Their main activities include the urine concentration (via stimulation of AVP V2 receptors, V2R, in the kidneys), blood pressure regulation (via stimulation of vascular V1a AVP receptors, V1aR), ACTH control (via(More)
The V2 vasopressin renal receptor (V2R), which controls antidiuresis in mammals, is a member of the large family of heptahelical transmembrane (7TM) G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Using the automated GPCR modeling facility available via Internet (http:/(/)expasy.hcuge.ch/swissmod/SWISS-MODEL.+ ++html) for construction of the 7TM domain in accord with(More)
The molecular models stored as PDB formatted files are static, but most of the biomolecular systems display a dynamic behavior, in other words their conformations depend on time. To get the dynamic model from the static one, one needs to perform the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation using tools like GROMACS. This paper describes functionality of the newly(More)
The specific features of structural self-organization of C60 fullerene and antitumor drug cisplatin (Cis) in physiological solution (0.9% NaCl) have been investigated by means of small-angle neutron scattering, scanning electron and atomic force microscopies, as well as isothermal titration calorimetry, dynamic light scattering and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The(More)