Steve Kaminski

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Phytochromes act as photoswitches between the red- and far-red absorbing parent states of phytochromes (Pr and Pfr). Plant phytochromes display an additional thermal conversion route from the physiologically active Pfr to Pr. The same reaction pattern is found in prototypical biliverdin-binding bacteriophytochromes in contrast to the reverse thermal(More)
A quantum mechanics (QM)/molecular mechanics (MM) hybrid method was applied to the Pr state of the cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 to calculate the Raman spectra of the bound PCB cofactor. Two QM/MM models were derived from the atomic coordinates of the crystal structure. The models differed in the protonation site of His(260) in the chromophore-binding(More)
The conformational flexibility of the tetrapyrrolic phytochromobilin (PPhiB) chromophore of the bacteriophytochrome Deinococcus radiodurans (DrCBD) in the Pr state has been investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. Because these simulations require accurate force field parameters for the prosthetic group, in the present work we developed new empirical(More)
The Raman spectrum of the phycoviolobilin cofactor of the alpha-subunit of phycoerythrocyanin was computed using a hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) method in order to evaluate the performance of the QM/MM approach for calculating the vibrational spectra of protein-bound tetrapyrroles as found in phytochrome photoreceptors. A good(More)
In this work, we augment the approximate density functional method SCC-DFTB (DFTB3) with the chemical-potential equalization (CPE) approach in order to improve the performance for molecular electronic polarizabilities. The CPE method, originally implemented for the NDDO type of methods by Giese and York, has been shown to significantly emend minimal basis(More)
The present work outlines the implementation and performance of two cost efficient post-SCF extensions into the third-order SCC-DFTB code. The first one, the charge model 3 (CM3), corrects for errors in bond dipoles for an improved description of molecular charge distribution as compared to the standard Mulliken partitioning scheme. The second one focuses(More)
The structural stability and conformational flexibility of two phycocyanobilin (PCB) binding bacteriaphytochromes, namely, Cph1 from Synechocystis and the GAF domain of SyB from Synechococcus, were studied using all-atoms molecular dynamics simulations techniques. In order to involve the tetrapyrrole cofactor in the simulation, new empirical force field(More)
The Component MetaData Infrastructure (CMDI) is a framework for the creation and usage of metadata formats to describe all kinds of resources in the CLARIN world. To better connect to the library world, and to allow librarians to enter metadata for linguistic resources into their catalogues, a crosswalk from CMDI-based formats to bibliographic standards is(More)
A homology structural model was generated for plant phytochrome phyA utilizing the crystal structure of the sensory module of cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 (Cph1Δ2). As chromophores, either the native phytochromobilin cofactor (PΦB) or phycocyanobilin (PCB), the natural cofactor in Cph1, was incorporated. These homology models were further optimized by(More)
Photointerconversion between the red light-absorbing (Pr) form and the far-red light-absorbing (Pfr) form is the central feature that allows members of the phytochrome (Phy) superfamily to act as reversible switches in light perception. Whereas the chromophore structure and surrounding binding pocket of Pr have been described, those for Pfr have remained(More)
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