Todd J. Minehardt

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The switch 1 region of myosin forms a lid over the nucleotide phosphates as part of a structure known as the phosphate-tube. The homologous region in kinesin-family motors is more open, not interacting with the nucleotide. We used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to examine a possible displacement of switch 1 of the microtubule motor, ncd, from the open(More)
We used classical molecular mechanics (MM) simulations and quantum mechanical (QM) structural relaxations to examine the active site of myosin when bound to ATP. Two conformations of myosin have been determined by x-ray crystallography. In one, there is no direct interaction between switch 2 and the nucleotide (open state). In the other (closed state), the(More)
We have used adenosine diphosphate analogs containing electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin moieties and EPR spectroscopy to show that the nucleotide-binding site of kinesin-family motors closes when the motor.diphosphate complex binds to microtubules. Structural analyses demonstrate that a domain movement in the switch 1 region at the nucleotide site,(More)
The open nucleotide pocket conformation of actin in the profilin:actinCaATP x-ray structure has been hypothesized to be a crucial intermediate for nucleotide exchange in the actin depolymerization/polymerization cycle. The requirement for ancillary modification of actin for crystallization leads to ambiguities in this interpretation, however. We have used(More)
A variety of biologically active small molecules contain prochiral tertiary amines, which become chiral centers upon protonation. S-nicotine, the prototypical nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist, produces two diastereomers on protonation. Results, using both classical (AMBER) and ab initio (Car-Parrinello) molecular dynamical studies, illustrate the(More)
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