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Large-scale conformational rearrangement of a lid subdomain is a key event in the interfacial activation of many lipases. We present herein a study in which the large-scale "open-to-closed" movement of Burkholderia cepacia lipase lid has been simulated at the atomic level using a hybrid computational method. The two-stage approach combines path-planning(More)
Styrylquinoline derivatives (SQ) efficiently inhibit the 3'-processing activity of integrase (IN) with IC50 values of between 0.5 and 5 microM. We studied the mechanism of action of these compounds in vitro. First, we used steady-state fluorescence anisotropy to assay the effects of the SQ derivatives on the formation of IN-viral DNA complexes independently(More)
This paper builds on the combination of robotic path planning algorithms and molecular modeling methods for computing large-amplitude molecular motions, and introduces voxel maps as a computational tool to encode and to represent such motions. We investigate several applications and show results that illustrate the interest of such representation.
We report the 1.7 Å resolution crystal structure of the Lip2 lipase from Yarrowia lipolytica in its closed conformation. The Lip2 structure is highly homologous to known structures of the fungal lipase family (Thermomyces lanuginosa, Rhizopus niveus, and Rhizomucor miehei lipases). However, it also presents some unique features that are described and(More)
MOTIVATION The main challenge for structure-based computational protein design (CPD) remains the combinatorial nature of the search space. Even in its simplest fixed-backbone formulation, CPD encompasses a computationally difficult NP-hard problem that prevents the exact exploration of complex systems defining large sequence-conformation spaces. RESULTS(More)
A novel approach based on efficient path-planning algorithms was applied to investigate the influence of substrate access on Burkholderia cepacia lipase enantioselectivity. The system studied was the transesterification of 2-substituted racemic acid derivatives catalysed by B. cepacia lipase. In silico data provided by this approach showed a fair(More)
Iterative saturation mutagenesis and combinatorial active site saturation focused on vicinal amino acids were used to alter the acceptor specificity of amylosucrase from Neisseria polysaccharea , a sucrose-utilizing α-transglucosidase, and sort out improved variants. From the screening of three semirational sublibraries accounting in total for 20,000(More)
Proteins are chains of simple molecules called amino acids. The three-dimensional shape of a protein and its amino acid composition define its biological function. Over millions of years, living organisms have evolved a large catalog of proteins. By exploring the space of possible amino acid sequences, protein engineering aims at similarly designing(More)
One of the main challenges in computational protein design (CPD) is the huge size of the protein sequence and conformational space that has to be computationally explored. Recently, we showed that state-of-the-art combinatorial optimization technologies based on Cost Function Network (CFN) processing allow speeding up provable rigid backbone protein design(More)