V. N. Freire

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The seed lectin from Canavalia gladiata was purified and crystallized. Orthorhombic crystals belonging to space group C222(1) grew within three weeks at 293 K using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Using synchrotron X-ray radiation, a complete structural data set was collected at 2.3 A resolution. The preliminary crystal structure of the lectin,(More)
The crystal structure of Canavalia maritima lectin (ConM) complexed with trehalose and maltose revealed relevant point mutations in ConA-like lectins. ConM with the disaccharides and other ConA-like lectins complexed with carbohydrates demonstrated significant differences in the position of H-bonds. The main difference in the ConM structure is the(More)
Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia and of symptoms of irritability associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its main action mechanism is the blockade of D2-like receptors acting over positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia with small risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) at doses corresponding to(More)
By taking advantage of the crystallographic data of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGR) complexed with statins, a quantum biochemistry study based on the density functional theory is performed to estimate the interaction energy for each statin when one considers binding pockets of different sizes. Assuming a correlation between statin(More)
Adsorption of ascorbic acid (AsA) on C60 is investigated using classical molecular mechanics and density functional theory (DFT). Classical annealing was performed to explore the space of molecular configurations of ascorbic acid adsorbed on C60, searching for optimal geometries. From the structure with the smallest total energy, 10 initial configurations(More)
Research on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and drug development is hampered by the lack of suitable human in vitro models that simply and accurately recreate the disease conditions. To counteract this, many attempts to differentiate cell lines, such as the human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma, into dopaminergic neurons have been undertaken since they are easier to(More)
The resulting noncovalent bonding of the salicylic acid to ovine COX-1 after bromoaspirin and aspirin acetylation by Ser530 is investigated within the scope of density functional theory considering a 6.5 Å radius binding pocket. We have not only took full advantage of published X-ray structural data for the ovine COX-1 cocrystallized with bromoaspirin, but(More)
Results of classical force field geometry optimizations for twisted graphene nanoribbons with a number of twists N(t) varying from 0 to 7 (the case N(t)=1 corresponds to a half-twist Möbius nanoribbon) are presented in this work. Their structural stability was investigated using the Brenner reactive force field. The best classical molecular geometries were(More)
Biofilms are assemblages of microorganisms and their associated extracellular products at an interface and typically with an abiotic or biotic surface. The study of the morphology of biofilms is important because they are associated with processes of biofouling, corrosion, catalysis, pollutant transformation, dental caries, drug resistance, and so forth. In(More)