Ramon Crehuet

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The ozonolysis of acetylene was investigated using CCSD(T), CASPT2, and B3LYP-DFT in connection with a 6-311+G(2d,2p) basis set. The reaction is initiated by the formation of a van der Waals complex followed by a [4pi + 2pi] cycloaddition between ozone and acetylene (activation enthalpy DeltaH(a)(298) = 9.6 kcal/mol; experiment, 10.2 kcal/mol), yielding(More)
We have carried out a theoretical investigation of the gas-phase reaction mechanism of the H2COO+ H2O reaction, which is interesting for atmospheric purposes. The B3LYP method with the 6-31G(d,p) and 6-311 + G(2d,2p) basis sets was employed for the geometry optimization of the stationary points. Additionally, single-point CCSD(T)/6-311 + G(2d,2p) energy(More)
The intrinsically disordered p15PAF regulates DNA replication and repair when interacting with the Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) sliding clamp. As many interactions between disordered proteins and globular partners involved in signaling and regulation, the complex between p15PAF and trimeric PCNA is of low affinity, forming a transient complex(More)
The role of motions in the catalytic cycle of an enzyme is the subject of much debate. Crystallographic results for the enzyme N-acetyl-l-glutamate kinase (NAGK), which is a suitable target for antibacterial drugs, suggest that a conformational compression of the active site favors catalysis. We have used a QM/MM scheme to compute energy profiles of the(More)
N-acetyl-L-glutamate kinase (NAGK) is the structural paradigm for examining the catalytic mechanisms and dynamics of amino acid kinase family members. Given that the slow conformational dynamics of the NAGK (at the microseconds time scale or slower) may be rate-limiting, it is of importance to assess the mechanisms of the most cooperative modes of motion(More)
The mobility of rhamnulose-1-phosphate aldolase (RhuA) was analysed with a normal mode description and high level calculations on models of the active site. We report the connection between the mobility and the chemical properties of the active site, and compare them to a closely related enzyme, fuculose-1-phosphate aldolase (FucA). Calculations show that(More)
Recent experimental advances have shown that enzymes are flexible molecules, and point to a direct link between dynamics and catalysis. Movements span a wide time range, from nano- to milli-seconds. In this paper we introduce two aspects of enzyme flexibility that are treated with two appropriate techniques. First, transition path sampling is used to obtain(More)
The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, is one of the major pests of tomato and other Solanaceae in many regions worldwide. In the search for new strategies to control this pest, we present herewith the stereoselective synthesis, electrophysiological activity, functional analysis, and field tests of new chemicals as possible antagonists of the sex pheromone of(More)
We present a method based on the maximum entropy principle that can re-weight an ensemble of protein structures based on data from residual dipolar couplings (RDCs). The RDCs of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) provide information on the secondary structure elements present in an ensemble; however even two sets of RDCs are not enough to fully(More)
Oligomerization is a functional requirement for many proteins. The interfacial interactions and the overall packing geometry of the individual monomers are viewed as important determinants of the thermodynamic stability and allosteric regulation of oligomers. The present study focuses on the role of the interfacial interactions and overall contact topology(More)