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a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t The latest release of NWChem delivers an open-source computational chemistry package with extensive capabilities for large scale simulations of chemical and biological systems. Utilizing a common computational framework, diverse theoretical descriptions can be used to provide the best solution for a given scientific(More)
The enzyme acetylcholinesterase generates a strong electrostatic field that can attract the cationic substrate acetylcholine to the active site. However, the long and narrow active site gorge seems inconsistent with the enzyme's high catalytic rate. A molecular dynamics simulation of acetylcholinesterase in water reveals the transient opening of a short(More)
The HIV-1 integrase, which is essential for viral replication, catalyzes the insertion of viral DNA into the host chromosome, thereby recruiting host cell machinery into making viral proteins. It represents the third main HIV enzyme target for inhibitor design, the first two being the reverse transcriptase and the protease. Two 1-ns molecular dynamics(More)
Two molecular dynamics simulations were performed for a modeled complex of mouse acetylcholinesterase liganded with huperzine A (HupA). Analysis of these simulations shows that HupA shifts in the active site toward Tyr 337 and Phe 338, and that several residues in the active site area reach out to make hydrogen bonds with the inhibitor. Rapid fluctuations(More)
A detailed structural analysis has been performed of the outer bacterial membrane of Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a parameterized classical simulation model (R. D. Lins and T. P. Straatsma, Biophysical Journal, 2001, Vol. 81, pp. 1037-1046) with modest modifications. The structural analysis of the membrane is presented and newly discovered characteristics(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to characterize the structure of single chitin and chitosan chains in aqueous solutions. Chitin chains, whether isolated or in the form of a β-chitin nanoparticle, adopt the 2-fold helix with ϕ and φ values similar to its crystalline state. In solution, the intramolecular hydrogen bond HO3(n)···O5(n+1)(More)
Multiconfiguration thermodynamic integration was used to determine the relative binding strength of tacrine and 6-chlorotacrine by Torpedo californica acetylcholinesterase. 6-Chlorotacrine appears to be bound stronger by 0.7+/-0.4 kcal/mol than unsubstituted tacrine when the active site triad residue His-440 is deprotonated. This result is in excellent(More)
Even if the structure of a receptor has been determined experimentally, it may not be a conformation to which a ligand would bind when induced fit effects are significant. Molecular docking using such a receptor structure may thus fail to recognize a ligand to which the receptor can bind with reasonable affinity. Here, we examine one way to alleviate this(More)