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Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling

Zhi-Wen Zhao, Qing-Qing Pan, Shuang-Bao Li, Yu-Ai Duan, Yun Geng, Min Zhang, Zhong-Min Su
A series of polymer donor materials 1-5 based on diketopyrrolopyrrole and thiophene unit which have been widely used in organic solar cells (OSCs) were investigated based on quantum chemical calculations. The effect of fluorine and cyano substitutions in polymer donor materials was focused on. Based on the investigation on electronic structures and optical properties of the reported molecules 1 and 2 and the analysis on some parameters relevant to charge dissociation ability at donor/acceptor interface constituted by 1 and 2 with PC61BM such as intermolecular charge transfer and recombination, driving force and Coulombic bound energy, we explained why fluorine substitution can improve OPV efficiency through strengthening eletron-withdrawing ability from a theoretical perspective...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Bin Sun, Wanxu Huang, Min Liu, Kang Lei
With the abuse of clinical broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents, immunosuppressive agents, chemotherapy drugs, the emergence of pathogenic fungi resistance is more and more frequent. However, there is still no effective treatment for the fungal resistance. Squalenee epoxidase (SE) and 14 α-demethylase (CYP51) are important antifungal drug targets. In order to achieve a deeper insight into the structural characteristics and the action modes of SE and CYP51inhibitors, the homology model of SE (Candida albicans) was constructed using monooxygenase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa as template, and the reliability of model was confirmed by Ramachandran plots and Verify 3D...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Igor A Sedov, Timur I Magsumov
All-atom explicit solvent molecular dynamics was used to study the process of unfolding of hen egg white lysozyme in water and mixtures of water with dimethyl sulfoxide at different compositions. We have determined the kinetic parameters of unfolding at a constant temperature 450K. For each run, the time of disruption of the tertiary structure of lysozyme tu was defined as the moment when a certain structural criterion computed from the trajectory reaches its critical value. A good agreement is observed between the results obtained using several different criteria...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Kaniz F Urmi, Angela M Finch, Renate Griffith
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are important targets for development of drugs for the treatment of many diseases. However, crystal structures are available for only a small fraction of these membrane bound proteins. Accurate homology models will provide opportunities for effective drug design targeting GPCRs. Recently, several serotonin receptor crystal structures were solved and needed to be evaluated as potential templates. In the first part of this work different measures of similarity in template selection were explored and methods for homology modelling, docking and refinement of aminergic GPCR-ligand complexes were developed and evaluated by comparing models of the D3-R/eticlopride complex with the crystal structure...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Sreelakshmi Ramachandrakurup, Vigneshwar Ramakrishnan
Protein-DNA interactions are an important class of biomolecular interactions inside the cell. Delineating the mechanisms of protein-DNA interactions and more specifically, how proteins search and bind to their specific cognate sequences has been the quest of many in the scientific community. Restriction enzymes have served as useful model systems to this end. In this work, we have investigated using molecular dynamics simulations the effect of L43K mutation on NaeI, a type IIE restriction enzyme. NaeI has two domains, the Topo and the Endo domains, each binding to identical strands of DNA sequences (GCCGGC)2...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Shenna Shearin, Divi Venkateswarlu
The A2-domain of blood coagulation factor VIIIa is non-covalently bound to the A1 and A3 domains via weak intermolecular interactions. Functional instability due to rapid dissociation of A2-domain from the active FVIII in blood presents a major hurdle for the therapeutic applications of FVIIIa to treat Hemophilia-A. To identify the ideal hot-spot residues at the interface of A2 and A1/A3 domains that could enhance the structural stability of FVIIIa, we performed a comprehensive computational mutagenesis study of two A2-domain residues, Asp519 and Glu665, that interface the A1 and A3-domains...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Luciane Martins, Priscila Alves Giovani, Pedro Diniz Rebouças, Danieli Moura Brasil, Francisco Haiter Neto, Ricardo D Coletta, Renato Assis Machado, Regina Maria Puppin-Rontani, Francisco Humberto Nociti, Kamila Rosamilia Kantovitz
Somatic activating mutations in the GNAQ have been recently associated with several congenital genetic disorders and tumors; however, the molecular mechanism/etiology that leads to GNAQ somatic mosaic mutation are unknown. Here, we reported a case of Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS) manifesting cutaneous vascular malformations (hemifacial Port-wine stain), cerebral and ocular vascular abnormalities (including epilepsy and glaucoma) and harboring a c.548G>A (p.R183Q) somatic mosaic mutation in GNAQ. Computational modeling studies were performed to assistant with the comprehension of the functional impact of p...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Xing Yang, Fan Yang, Rui-Zhi Wu, Chao-Xian Yan, Da-Gang Zhou, Pan-Pan Zhou, Xiaojun Yao
Carbon monoxide can interact with two dihalogen molecules XY (X, Y=Cl, Br) in the form of X(Y)⋯COX(Y)⋯CO⋯X(Y)X(Y) trimeric complex, and their nature and characteristics were investigated at MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level without and with counterpoise method, together with single point calculations at CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVDZ level. The optimized geometries, stretching modes and interaction energies of a series of X(Y)⋯COX(Y)⋯CO⋯X(Y)X(Y) trimeric complexes were obtained and discussed. The cooperativity in these complexes was evaluated...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Zhe Ju, Jian-Jun He
Lysine propionylation is an important and common protein acylation modification in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. To better understand the molecular mechanism of propionylation, it is important to identify propionylated substrates and their corresponding propionylation sites accurately. In this study, a novel bioinformatics tool named PropPred is developed to predict propionylation sites by using multiple feature extraction and biased support vector machine. On the one hand, various features are incorporated, including amino acid composition, amino acid factors, binary encoding, and the composition of k-spaced amino acid pairs...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Adel Reisi-Vanani, Fatemeh Shamsali
Two conditions are important to obtain appropriate substances for hydrogen storage; high surface area and fitting binding energy (BE). Doping is a key strategy that improves BE. We investigated hydrogen adsorption onto twenty six nitrogen disubstituted isomers of sumanene (C19N2H12) by MP2/6-311++G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-31+G(d) and M06-2X/6-31+G(d) levels of theory. Effect of nitrogen doping in different positions of sumanene was checked. To obtain better BE, basis set superposition error (BSSE) and zero point energy (ZPE) corrections were used...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Navriti Chadha, Om Silakari
Diabetic complications is a complex metabolic disorder developed primarily due to prolonged hyperglycemia in the body. The complexity of the disease state as well as the unifying pathophysiology discussed in the literature reports exhibited that the use of multi-targeted agents with multiple complementary biological activities may offer promising therapy for the intervention of the disease over the single-target drugs. In the present study, novel thiazolidine-2,4-dione analogues were designed as multi-targeted agents implicated against the molecular pathways involved in diabetic complications using knowledge based as well as in-silico approaches such as pharmacophore mapping, molecular docking etc...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Lihua Dong, Shujun Zhang, Yongjun Liu
As members of the α/β-hydrolase superfamily, Meta-cleavage product (MCP) hydrolases generally utilize a Ser-His-Asp catalytic triad to hydrolyze the cleavage of CC bond during the aerobic catabolism of aromatic compounds by bacteria. BphD is one kind of MCP hydrolase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of 2-hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoic acid (HOPDA) to 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoic acid (HPD) and benzoate. In this article, a combined quantum mechanics and molecule mechanics (QM/MM) approach has been employed to explore the reaction mechanism of BphD from Burkholderia xenovorans LB400...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Buge Yilmazer, Z Begum Yagci, Emre Bakar, Burcu Ozden, Kutlu Ulgen, Elif Ozkirimli
Beta-Glucocerebrosidase (GBA) is a lysosomal protein that is responsible for the hydrolysis of glycosylceramide into glucose and ceramide. Mutations in GBA lead to the accumulation of glycosylceramide in the lysosome causing an enlargement of the spleen and the liver and skeletal deformations. This disease is called Gaucher Disease. Enzyme replacement therapies and substrate reduction methods that are used to treat Gaucher Disease fail when the disease is neuropathic because they fail to pass the blood brain barrier...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Xin Jin, Qian Jiang, Yanyan Chen, Shin-Jye Lee, Rencan Nie, Shaowen Yao, Dongming Zhou, Kangjian He
DNA sequence similarity/dissimilarity analysis is a fundamental task in computational biology, which is used to analyze the similarity of different DNA sequences for learning their evolutionary relationships. In past decades, a large number of similarity analysis methods for DNA sequence have been proposed due to the ever-growing demands. In order to learn the advances of DNA sequence similarity analysis, we make a survey and try to promote the development of this field. In this paper, we first introduce the related knowledge of DNA similarities analysis, including the data sets, similarities distance and output data...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Bee Yin Khor, Theam Soon Lim, Rahmah Noordin, Yee Siew Choong
De novo approach was applied to design single chain fragment variable (scFv) for BmR1, a recombinant antigen from Bm17DIII gene which is the primary antigen used for the detection of anti-BmR1 IgG4 antibodies in the diagnostic of lymphatic filariasis. Three epitopes of the BmR1 was previously predicted form an ab initio derived three-dimensional structure. A collection of energetically favourable conformations was generated via hot-spot-centric approach. This resulted in a set of three different scFv scaffolds used to compute the high shape complementary conformations via dock-and-design approach with the predicted epitopes of BmR1...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Qian Jiang, Xin Jin, Shin-Jye Lee, Shaowen Yao
Protein secondary structure prediction (PSSP) is a fundamental task in protein science and computational biology, and it can be used to understand protein 3-dimensional (3-D) structures, further, to learn their biological functions. In the past decade, a large number of methods have been proposed for PSSP. In order to learn the latest progress of PSSP, this paper provides a survey on the development of this field. It first introduces the background and related knowledge of PSSP, including basic concepts, data sets, input data features and prediction accuracy assessment...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Angel H Romero, Simón E López
Recently, a series of 4-phthalazinyl-hydrazones under its E-configuration have exhibited excellent in vitro antichagasic and antileishmanial profiles. Preliminary assays on both parasites suggested that the most active derivatives act through oxidative and nitrosative stress mechanisms; however, their exact mode of actions as anti-trypanosomal and anti-leishmanial agents have not been completely elucidated. This motivated to perform a molecular docking study on essential trypanosomatid enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), trypanothione reductase (TryR), cysteine-protease (CP) and pteridine reductase 1 (PTR1)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Alberto Martínez-Muñoz, Martiniano Bello, Aurelio Romero-Castro, Rolando Alberto Rodríguez-Fonseca, João Rodrigues, Víctor Armando Sánchez-Espinosa, José Correa-Basurto
Dendrimers are synthetic macromolecules with a highly-branched structure and high concentration of surface groups. Among dendrimers, Poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) has received substantial attention as a novel drug carrier and delivery system. Depending on the generation and type of terminal groups, dendrimer toxicity could change and include cytotoxicity. Although PAMAM is water soluble, molecular modeling of the dendrimer-drug complex is considered challenging for exploring the conformational mobility of dendrimers and atomic specific interactions during the dendrimer-drug association...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Rupan Preet Kaur, Ravinder Singh Sawhney, Derick Engles
We present an atomistic theory of electronic transport through single molecular junctions based on smallest stable fullerene molecule, C28. The electronic properties of single molecular junctions critically depend on the nature of electrode material. The two probe device is modeled by constraining C28 between two semi-infinite metal electrodes, from group 1B of periodic table, copper, silver and gold. We have highlighted the correlated phenomena of resonant conduction and current driven dynamics in molecular junctions using extendend Huckel theory in combination with non equilibrium Green's function framework...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
A V Rayevsky, M Sharifi, M A Tukalo
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) play important roles in maintaining the accuracy of protein synthesis. Some aaRSs accomplish this via editing mechanisms, among which leucyl-tRNA synthetase (LeuRS) edits non-cognate amino acid norvaline mainly by post-transfer editing. However, the molecular basis for this pathway for eukaryotic and archaeal LeuRS remain unclear. In this study, a complex of archaeal P. horikoshii LeuRS (PhLeuRS) with misacylated tRNA(Leu) was modeled wherever tRNA's acceptor stem was oriented directly into the editing site...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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