Serge Antonczak

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Quercetin, one of the most representative flavonoid compounds, is involved in antiradical, antioxidant, and prooxidant biological processes. Despite a constant increase of knowledge on both positive and negative activities of quercetin, it is unclear which activated form (quinone, semiquinone, or deprotonated) actually plays a role in each of these(More)
Neprilysin (neutral endopeptidase-24.11, EC is a mammalian zinc-endopeptidase involved in the degradation of biologically active peptides. Although no atomic structure is available for this enzyme, site-directed mutagenesis studies have shown that its active site resembles closely that of the bacterial zinc-endopeptidase, thermolysin (EC(More)
Odorant binding proteins (OBP's) are small hydrophilic proteins, belonging to the lipocalin family dedicated to bind and transport small hydrophobic ligands. Despite many works, the mechanism of ligand binding, together with the functional role of these proteins remains a topic of debate and little is known at the atomic level. The present work reports a(More)
A three-dimensional model of the 507-749 region of neutral endopeptidase-24.11 (NEP; E.C. was constructed integrating the results of secondary structure predictions and sequence homologies with the bacterial endopeptidase thermolysin. Additional data were extracted from the structure of two other metalloproteases, astacin and stromelysin. The(More)
Nanosecond molecular dynamics using the Ewald summation method have been performed to elucidate the structural and energetic role of the closing base pair in loop-loop RNA duplexes neutralized by Mg2+ counterions in aqueous phases. Mismatches GA, CU and Watson-Crick GC base pairs have been considered for closing the loop of an RNA in complementary(More)
The dynamic behavior of the HCV IRES IIId domain is analyzed by means of a 2.6-ns molecular dynamics simulation, starting from an NMR structure. The simulation is carried out in explicit water with Na+ counterions, and particle-mesh Ewald summation is used for the electrostatic interactions. In this work, we analyze selected patterns of the helix that are(More)
Odorant receptors (ORs) are the largest subfamily within class A G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). No experimental structural data of any OR is available to date and atomic-level insights are likely to be obtained by means of molecular modeling. In this article, we critically align sequences of ORs with those GPCRs for which a structure is available.(More)
A joint approach combining free-energy calculations and calcium-imaging assays on the broadly tuned human 1G1 olfactory receptor is reported. The free energy of binding of ten odorants was computed by means of molecular-dynamics simulations. This state function allows separating the experimentally determined eight agonists from the two non-agonists. This(More)
We present a comparison of various computational approaches aiming at predicting the binding free energy in ligand-protein systems where the ligand is located within a highly hydrophobic cavity. The relative binding free energy between similar ligands is obtained by means of the thermodynamic integration (TI) method and compared to experimental data(More)
In this article we report calculations dedicated to estimate the selectivity of the Bombyx mori pheromone binding protein towards the two closely related pheromonal components Bombykol and Bombykal. The selectivity is quantified by the binding free-energy difference, obtained either by the thermodynamic integration or by the MM-GBSA approach. In the latter,(More)