Simone Marsili

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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)
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)
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)
Human vascular endothelial growth factor receptor type 2 (h-VEFGR2) is a receptor tyrosine kinase involved in the angiogenesis process and regarded as an interesting target for the design of anticancer drugs. Its activation/inactivation mechanism is related to conformational changes in its cytoplasmatic kinase domain, involving first among all the αC-helix(More)
We present an approach to the estimate of the potential of mean force along a generic reaction coordinate based on maximum likelihood methods and path-ensemble averages in systems driven far from equilibrium. Following similar arguments, various free energy estimators can be recovered, all providing comparable computational accuracy. The method, applied to(More)
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