Thomas C. Bruice

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The parameters for the OPLS-AA potential energy function have been extended to include some functional groups that are present in macrocyclic polyketides. Existing OPLS-AA torsional parameters for alkanes, alcohols, ethers, hemiacetals, esters, and ketoamides were improved based on MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ and MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ calculations. Nonbonded parameters for(More)
Molecular dynamics and hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics have been used to investigate the mechanisms of (+)AdoMet methylation of protein-Lys-NH(2) catalyzed by the lysine methyltransferase enzymes: histone lysine monomethyltransferase SET7/9, Rubisco large-subunit dimethyltransferase, viral histone lysine trimethyltransferase, and the Tyr245Phe(More)
The mechanism of cis-trans isomerization of prolyl peptides catalyzed by cyclophilin (CyP) was studied computationally via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the transition state (TS) and the cis and trans forms of the ground state (GS), when bound to CyP and when free in aqueous solution. The MD simulations include four enzyme-bound species of(More)
The catalytic mechanism of the reductive half reaction of the quinoprotein methanol dehydrogenase (MDH) is believed to proceed either through a hemiketal intermediate or by direct transfer of a hydride ion from the substrate methyl group to the cofactor, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ). A crystal structure of the enzyme-substrate complex of a similar(More)
The semiempirical PM3 method, calibrated against ab initio HF/6-31+G(d) theory, has been used to elucidate the reaction of 1, 2-dichloroethane (DCE) with the carboxylate of Asp-124 at the active site of haloalkane dehalogenase of Xanthobacter autothropicus. Asp-124 and 13 other amino acid side chains that make up the active site cavity (Glu-56, Trp-125,(More)
Standard free energies (DeltaGN degree) for formation of near attack conformers, those ground state conformers that can convert directly to the transition state, were calculated for the Claisen rearrangement of chorismate to prephenate in six different environments: water, wild-type enzymes from Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, their Arg90Cit and(More)
Binding TS in preference to S and increasing TDeltaS++by freezing out motions in E X S and E X TS have been accepted as the driving forces in enzymatic catalysis; however, the smaller value of DeltaG++ for a one-substrate enzymatic reaction, as compared to its nonenzymatic counterpart, is generally the result of a smaller value of DeltaH++. Ground-state(More)
The S(N)2 displacement of Cl(-) from 1,2-dichloroethane by acetate (CH(3)CO(2)(-)) in water and by the carboxylate of the active site aspartate in the haloalkane dehalogenase of Xanthobacter autothropicus have been compared by using molecular dynamics simulations. In aqueous solution, six families of contact-pair structures (I-VI) were identified, and their(More)
A new ligand, MGT-6b, binds to DNA with two linked parts: a polyamine that binds to the phosphate backbone and a tripyrrole peptide that binds to the minor groove. This ligand decreases the curvature of bent kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) and also increases the curvature of a 400-bp DNA that is used as a molecular weight standard (M400), as characterized with the(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of HhaI DNA methyltransferase and statistical coupling analysis (SCA) data on the DNA cytosine methyltransferase family were combined to identify residues that are coupled by coevolution and motion. The highest ranking correlated pairs from the data matrix product (SCA.MD) are colocalized and form stabilizing(More)