Simone Marsili

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The analysis of evolutionary amino acid correlations has recently attracted a surge of renewed interest, also due to their successful use in de novo protein native structure prediction. However, many aspects of protein function, such as substrate binding and product release in enzymatic activity, can be fully understood only in terms of an equilibrium(More)
The Crooks equation [Eq. (10) in J. Stat. Phys. 90, 1481 (1998)] relates the work done on a system during a nonequilibrium transformation to the free energy difference between the final and the initial state of the transformation. Recently, the authors have derived the Crooks equation for systems in the canonical ensemble thermostatted by the Nose-Hoover or(More)
We propose a new approach for the umbrella sampling method in molecular dynamics simulations of complex systems. An accelerated sampling of the slow degrees of freedom is achieved by generating a single self-adaptive trajectory that tends to span uniformly the reaction coordinate using a time dependent bias potential derived from the preceding history of(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY The aim of the present study was to explore the traditional plant knowledge of a zone of the Ligurian coast, known as Riviera spezzina (RS), Eastern Liguria, Italy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ethnobotanical information was obtained through open informal interviews. The informants were residents, belonging to families living in the study area(More)
The Crooks equation [Eq. (10) in J. Stat. Phys. 90, 1481 (1998)], originally derived for microscopically reversible Markovian systems, relates the work done on a system during an irreversible transformation to the free energy difference between the final and the initial state of the transformation. In the present work we provide a theoretical proof of the(More)
Epigenetic communication through histone and cytosine modifications is essential for gene regulation and cell identity. Here, we propose a framework that is based on a chromatin communication model to get insight on the function of epigenetic modifications in ESCs. The epigenetic communication network was inferred from genome-wide location data plus(More)
Using a database of 6166 experimental structures taken from the Protein Data Bank, we have studied pair interactions between planar residues (Phe, Tyr, His, Arg, Glu and Asp) in proteins, known as pi-pi interactions. On the basis of appropriate coordinates defining the mutual arrangement of two residues, we have calculated 2-D potentials of mean force aimed(More)
Hsp70s are a class of ubiquitous and highly conserved molecular chaperones playing a central role in the regulation of proteostasis in the cell. Hsp70s assist a myriad of cellular processes by binding unfolded or misfolded substrates during a complex biochemical cycle involving large-scale structural rearrangements. Here we show that an analysis of(More)
We present the new release of the ORAC engine (Procacci et al., Comput Chem 1997, 18, 1834), a FORTRAN suite to simulate complex biosystems at the atomistic level. The previous release of the ORAC code included multiple time steps integration, smooth particle mesh Ewald method, constant pressure and constant temperature simulations. The present release has(More)
Protein-protein interactions are fundamental for the proper functioning of the cell. As a result, protein interaction surfaces are subject to strong evolutionary constraints. Recent developments have shown that residue coevolution provides accurate predictions of heterodimeric protein interfaces from sequence information. So far these approaches have been(More)