Rene J. Trabanino

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G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) mediate our sense of vision, smell, taste, and pain. They are also involved in cell recognition and communication processes, and hence have emerged as a prominent superfamily for drug targets. Unfortunately, the atomic-level structure is available for only one GPCR (bovine rhodopsin), making it difficult to use(More)
A major challenge in the application of structure-based drug design methods to proteins belonging to the superfamily of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is the paucity of structural information (1). The 19 chemokine receptors, belonging to the Class A family of GPCRs, are important drug targets not only for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis but(More)
Magnetic dipolar interactions between pairs of solvent-exposed nitroxide side chains separated by approximately one to four turns along an alpha-helix in T4 lysozyme are investigated. The interactions are analyzed both in frozen solution (rigid lattice conditions) and at room temperature as a function of solvent viscosity. At room temperature, a novel side(More)
We report the 3D structure of human beta2 adrenergic receptor (AR) predicted by using the MembStruk first principles method. To validate this structure, we use the HierDock first principles method to predict the ligand-binding sites for epinephrine and norepinephrine and for eight other ligands, including agonists and antagonists to beta 2 AR and ligands(More)
Dopamine neurotransmitter and its receptors play a critical role in the cell signaling process responsible for information transfer in neurons functioning in the nervous system. Development of improved therapeutics for such disorders as Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia would be significantly enhanced with the availability of the 3D structure for the(More)
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in cell communication processes and with mediating such senses as vision, smell, taste, and pain. They constitute a prominent superfamily of drug targets, but an atomic-level structure is available for only one GPCR, bovine rhodopsin, making it difficult to use structure-based methods to design(More)
We report the 3D structure of human 2 adrenergic receptor (AR) predicted by using the MembStruk first principles method. To validate this structure, we use the HierDock first principles method to predict the ligand-binding sites for epinephrine and norepinephrine and for eight other ligands, including agonists and antagonists to 2 AR and ligands not(More)
A major challenge in the application of structure-based drug design methods to proteins belonging to the superfamily of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is the paucity of structural information (1). The 19 chemokine receptors, belonging to the ClassA family ofGPCRs, are important drug targets not only for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis but(More)
We examine here the role of the red, green, and blue human opsin structures in modulating the absorption properties of 11-cis-retinal bonded to the protein via a protonated Schiff base (PSB). We built the three-dimensional structures of the human red, green, and blue opsins using homology modeling techniques with the crystal structure of bovine rhodopsin as(More)
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