Zeynep Kurkcuoglu

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The collective dynamics of the nascent polypeptide exit tunnel are investigated with the computationally efficient elastic network model using normal mode analysis. The calculated normal modes are considered individually and in linear combinations with different coefficients mimicking the phase angles between modes, in order to follow the mechanistic(More)
Catalytic loop motions facilitate substrate recognition and binding in many enzymes. While these motions appear to be highly flexible, their functional significance suggests that structure-encoded preferences may play a role in selecting particular mechanisms of motions. We performed an extensive study on a set of enzymes to assess whether the(More)
The tunnel region at triosephosphate isomerase (TIM)'s dimer interface, distant from its catalytic site, is a target site for certain benzothiazole derivatives that inhibit TIM's catalytic activity in Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. We performed multiple 100-ns molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations and elastic network modeling(More)
We aim to uncover the binding modes of benzothiazoles, which have been reported as specific inhibitors of triosephosphate isomerase from the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (TcTIM), by performing blind dockings on both TcTIM and human TIM (hTIM). Detailed analysis of binding sites and specific interactions are carried out based on ensemble dockings to multiple(More)
Incorporating receptor flexibility in small ligand-protein docking still poses a challenge for proteins undergoing large conformational changes. In the absence of bound structures, sampling conformers that are accessible by apo state may facilitate docking and drug design studies. For this aim, we developed an unbiased conformational search algorithm, by(More)
Accurate sampling of conformational space and, in particular, the transitions between functional substates has been a challenge in molecular dynamic (MD) simulations of large biomolecular systems. We developed an Elastic Network Model (ENM)-based computational method, ClustENM, for sampling large conformational changes of biomolecules with various sizes and(More)
The opening/closure of the catalytic loop 6 over the active site in apo triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) has been previously shown to be driven by the global motions of the enzyme, specifically the counter-clockwise rotation of the subunits. In this work, the effect of the substrate dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) on TIM dynamics is assessed using two apo(More)
The chaperone trigger factor (TF) binds to the ribosome exit tunnel and helps cotranslational folding of nascent chains (NC) in bacterial cells and chloroplasts. In this study, we aim to investigate the functional dynamics of fully-atomistic apo TF and its complex with 50S. As TF accomodates a high percentage of charged residues on its surface, the effect(More)
A funder was omitted from the Financial Disclosure of the published article. The complete, correct, Financial Disclosure is: This work was partially supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Project No: 113M237 and Bogazici University Scientific Research Fund (BAP) Project No: 9360. The funders had no role in study(More)
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