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This article describes the numerical solution of the time-dependent Smoluchowski equation to study diffusion in biomolecular systems. Specifically, finite element methods have been developed to calculate ligand binding rate constants for large biomolecules. The resulting software has been validated and applied to the mouse acetylcholinesterase (mAChE)(More)
Microsomal glutathione transferase 1 (MGST1) is representative of a superfamily of membrane proteins where different members display distinct or overlapping physiological functions, including detoxication of reactive electrophiles (glutathione transferase), reduction of lipid hydroperoxides (glutathione peroxidase), and production of leukotrienes and(More)
We describe a chain of algorithms for molecular surface and volumetric mesh generation. We take as inputs the centers and radii of all atoms of a molecule and the toolchain outputs both triangular and tetrahedral meshes that can be used for molecular shape modeling and simulation. Experiments on a number of molecules are demonstrated, showing that our(More)
Most biological processes are initiated or mediated by the association of ligands and proteins. This work studies multistep, ligand-protein association processes by Brownian dynamics simulations with coarse-grained models for HIV-1 protease (HIVp) and its neutral ligands. We report the average association times when the ligand concentration is 100 μM. The(More)
Anthrax lethal factor (LF) is a critical virulence factor in the pathogenesis of anthrax. A structure-activity relationship (SAR) of potential lethal factor inhibitors (LFi) is presented in which the zinc-binding group (ZBG), linker, and backbone moieties for a series of hydroxypyrone-based compounds were systematically varied. It was found that(More)
Phosphorylation mediates the function of many proteins and enzymes. In the catalytic subunit of cAMP-dependent protein kinase, phosphorylation of Thr 197 in the activation loop strongly influences its catalytic activity. In order to provide theoretical understanding about this important regulatory process, classical molecular dynamics simulations and ab(More)
The reaction-diffusion system of the neuromuscular junction has been modeled in 3D using the finite element package FEtk. The numerical solution of the dynamics of acetylcholine with the detailed reaction processes of acetylcholinesterases and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors has been discussed with the reaction-determined boundary conditions. The(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) integrase is one of three virally encoded enzymes essential for replication and, therefore, a rational choice as a drug target for the treatment of HIV-1-infected individuals. In 2007, raltegravir became the first integrase inhibitor approved for use in the treatment of HIV-infected patients, more than a decade(More)
The formation of two-dimensional crystals of the membrane-bound enzyme microsomal glutathione transferase is sensitive to fractional changes in the lipid-to-protein ratio. Variation of this parameter results in crystal polymorphism. The projection structure of a p6 crystal form of the enzyme has been determined by the use of electron crystallography. The(More)
The reaction mechanisms of two inhibitor TFK(+) and TFK(0) binding to H447I mutant mouse acetylcholinesterase (mAChE) have been investigated by using a combined ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach and classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. TFK(+) binding to the H447I mutant may proceed with a different reaction(More)