Carbohydrate-protein interactions: structure, dynamics and free energy calculations


The current thesis presents work on the structure and dynamics of oligosaccharides and polysaccharides as well as the free energetics of carbohydrate-protein interactions. By applying various computational tools such as molecular dynamics simulations, our in-house fast sugar structure prediction software, replica exchange molecular dynamics, homology modeling, umbrella sampling, steered molecular dynamics as well as the thermodynamic integration formalism, we have been able to study the role of water on the surface of homopolysaccharides as well as complex oligosachharides, we have been able to produce a prediction of the bound structure of triantennary oligosaccride on the asialoglycoprotein receptor, we have been able to estimate the free energy of binding of Manα1→2Man to the HIV-1 inactivating protein, Cyanovirin-N as well as the relative binding free energies of mutants of Cyanovirin-N to the same ligand. Abstract Approved: Thesis SupervisorApproved: Thesis Supervisor Title and Department

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@inproceedings{Ramadugu2015CarbohydrateproteinIS, title={Carbohydrate-protein interactions: structure, dynamics and free energy calculations}, author={Sai Kumar Ramadugu and Sarah C. Larsen and Christopher M. Cheatum and Amanda J. Haes and Ernesto J. Fuentes}, year={2015} }