Science.gov

Sample records for macromolecular structure solution

  1. Macromolecular powder diffraction : structure solution via molecular.

    SciTech Connect

    Doebbler, J.; Von Dreele, R.; X-Ray Science Division

    2009-01-01

    Macromolecular powder diffraction is a burgeoning technique for protein structure solution - ideally suited for cases where no suitable single crystals are available. Over the past seven years, pioneering work by Von Dreele et al. [1,2] and Margiolaki et al. [3,4] has demonstrated the viability of this approach for several protein structures. Among these initial powder studies, molecular replacement solutions of insulin and turkey lysozyme into alternate space groups were accomplished. Pressing the technique further, Margiolaki et al. [5] executed the first molecular replacement of an unknown protein structure: the SH3 domain of ponsin, using data from a multianalyzer diffractometer. To demonstrate that cross-species molecular replacement using image plate data is also possible, we present the solution of hen egg white lysozyme using the 60% identical human lysozyme (PDB code: 1LZ1) as the search model. Due to the high incidence of overlaps in powder patterns, especially in more complex structures, we have used extracted intensities from five data sets taken at different salt concentrations in a multi-pattern Pawley refinement. The use of image plates severely increases the overlap problem due to lower detector resolution, but radiation damage effects are minimized with shorter exposure times and the fact that the entire pattern is obtained in a single exposure. This image plate solution establishes the robustness of powder molecular replacement resulting from different data collection techniques.

  2. Phenix - a comprehensive python-based system for macromolecular structure solution

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C; Hung, Li - Wei; Adams, Paul D; Afonine, Pavel V; Bunkoczi, Gabor; Chen, Vincent B; Davis, Ian; Echols, Nathaniel; Headd, Jeffrey J; Grosse Kunstleve, Ralf W; Mccoy, Airlie J; Moriarty, Nigel W; Oeffner, Robert; Read, Randy J; Richardson, David C; Richardson, Jane S; Zwarta, Peter H

    2009-01-01

    Macromolecular X-ray crystallography is routinely applied to understand biological processes at a molecular level. However, significant time and effort are still required to solve and complete many of these structures because of the need for manual interpretation of complex numerical data using many software packages, and the repeated use of interactive three-dimensional graphics. Phenix has been developed to provide a comprehensive system for crystallographic structure solution with an emphasis on automation of all procedures. This has relied on the development of algorithms that minimize or eliminate subjective input, the development of algorithms that automate procedures that are traditionally performed by hand, and finally the development of a framework that allows a tight integration between the algorithms.

  3. in HS macromolecular structures associated with solution chemistry may be caused by the

    E-print Network

    Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

    aggregates and control the chemistry of C re- tained by minerals in a soil profile, thus influ- encing the soil and sediment solution chemistry and their biogeochemical processes. These chemical and structural. References and Notes 1. F. J. Stevenson, Humus Chemistry (Wiley, New York, 1994). 2. D. S. Orlov, Humic

  4. Long-range correlations, geometrical structure, and transport properties of macromolecular solutions. The equivalence of configurational statistics and geometrodynamics of large molecules.

    PubMed

    Mezzasalma, Stefano A

    2007-12-01

    A special theory of Brownian relativity was previously proposed to describe the universal picture arising in ideal polymer solutions. In brief, it redefines a Gaussian macromolecule in a 4-dimensional diffusive spacetime, establishing a (weak) Lorentz-Poincaré invariance between liquid and polymer Einstein's laws for Brownian movement. Here, aimed at inquiring into the effect of correlations, we deepen the extension of the special theory to a general formulation. The previous statistical equivalence, for dynamic trajectories of liquid molecules and static configurations of macromolecules, and rather obvious in uncorrelated systems, is enlarged by a more general principle of equivalence, for configurational statistics and geometrodynamics. Accordingly, the three geodesic motion, continuity, and field equations could be rewritten, and a number of scaling behaviors were recovered in a spacetime endowed with general static isotropic metric (i.e., for equilibrium polymer solutions). We also dealt with universality in the volume fraction and, unexpectedly, found that a hyperscaling relation of the form, (average size) x (diffusivity) x (viscosity)1/2 ~f(N0, phi0) is fulfilled in several regimes, both in the chain monomer number (N) and polymer volume fraction (phi). Entangled macromolecular dynamics was treated as a geodesic light deflection, entaglements acting in close analogy to the field generated by a spherically symmetric mass source, where length fluctuations of the chain primitive path behave as azimuth fluctuations of its shape. Finally, the general transformation rule for translational and diffusive frames gives a coordinate gauge invariance, suggesting a widened Lorentz-Poincaré symmetry for Brownian statistics. We expect this approach to find effective applications to solutions of arbitrarily large molecules displaying a variety of structures, where the effect of geometry is more explicit and significant in itself (e.g., surfactants, lipids, proteins). PMID:17975938

  5. Solution-Phase Processes of Macromolecular Crystallization

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pusey, Marc L.; Minamitani, Elizabeth Forsythe

    2004-01-01

    We have proposed, for the tetragonal form of chicken egg lysozyme, that solution phase assembly processes are needed to form the growth units for crystal nucleation and growth. The starting point for the self-association process is the monomeric protein, and the final crystallographic symmetry is defined by the initial dimerization interactions of the monomers and subsequent n-mers formed, which in turn are a function of the crystallization conditions. It has been suggested that multimeric proteins generally incorporate the underlying multimers symmetry into the final crystallographic symmetry. We posed the question of what happens to a protein that is known to grow as an n-mer when it is placed in solution conditions where it is monomeric. The trypsin-treated, or cut, form of the protein canavalin (CCAN) has been shown to nucleate and grow crystals as a trimer from neutral to slightly acidic solutions. Under these conditions the solution is composed almost wholly of trimers. The insoluble protein can be readily dissolved by weakly basic solution, which results in a solution that is monomeric. There are three possible outcomes to an attempt at crystallization of the protein under monomeric (high pH) conditions: 1) we will obtain the same crystals as under trimer conditions, but at different protein concentrations governed by the self association equilibria; 2) we will obtain crystals having a different symmetry, based upon a monomeric growth unit; 3) we will not obtain crystals. Obtaining the first result would be indicative that the solution-phase self-association process is critical to the crystal nucleation and growth process. The second result would be less clear, as it may also reflect a pH-dependent shift in the trimer-trimer molecular interactions. The third result, particularly for experiments in the transition pH's between trimeric and monomeric CCAN, would indicate that the monomer does not crystallize, and that solution phase self association is not part of the crystal nucleation and growth path. Results are presented for crystallization experiments of CCAN over the pH 6.8 to 9.6 range.

  6. Size evolution of highly amphiphilic macromolecular solution assemblies via a distinct bimodal pathway

    PubMed Central

    Kelley, Elizabeth G.; Murphy, Ryan P.; Seppala, Jonathan E.; Smart, Thomas P.; Hann, Sarah D.

    2014-01-01

    The solution self-assembly of macromolecular amphiphiles offers an efficient, bottom-up strategy for producing well--defined nanocarriers, with applications ranging from drug delivery to nanoreactors. Typically, the generation of uniform nanocarrier architecturesis controlled by processing methods that rely upon cosolvent mixtures. These preparation strategies hinge on the assumption that macromolecular solution nanostructures are kinetically stable following transfer from an organic/aqueous cosolvent into aqueous solution. Herein we demonstrate that unequivocal step-change shifts in micelle populations occur over several weeks following transfer into a highly selective solvent. The unexpected micelle growth evolves through a distinct bimodal distribution separated by multiple fusion events and critically depends on solution agitation. Notably, these results underscore fundamental similarities between assembly processes in amphiphilic polymer, small molecule, and protein systems. Moreover, the non-equilibrium micelle size increase can have a major impact on the assumed stability of solution assemblies, for which performance is dictated by nanocarrier size and structure. PMID:24710204

  7. Macromolecular assembly structures by comparative modeling and electron microscopy

    E-print Network

    Sali, Andrej

    Macromolecular assembly structures by comparative modeling and electron microscopy Keren Lasker1: Methods in Molecular Biology Date: February 5, 2011 #12;Abstract Advances in electron microscopy allow in this process is fitting component structures into the electron microscopy-derived density map of their assembly

  8. Macromolecular Structure Database. Final Progress Report

    SciTech Connect

    Gilliland, Gary L.

    2003-09-23

    The central activity of the PDB continues to be the collection, archiving and distribution of high quality structural data to the scientific community on a timely basis. In support of these activities NIST has continued its roles in developing the physical archive, in developing data uniformity, in dealing with NMR issues and in the distribution of PDB data through CD-ROMs. The physical archive holdings have been organized, inventoried, and a database has been created to facilitate their use. Data from individual PDB entries have been annotated to produce uniform values improving tremendously the accuracy of results of queries. Working with the NMR community we have established data items specific for NMR that will be included in new entries and facilitate data deposition. The PDB CD-ROM production has continued on a quarterly basis, and new products are being distributed.

  9. Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on the Structure of a Protein Complex

    SciTech Connect

    Rajapaksha Mudalige, Ajith Rathnaweera; Stanley, Christopher B; Todd, Brian

    2015-01-01

    Macromolecular crowding can alter the structure and function of biological macromolecules. We used small angle scattering (SAS) to measure the change in size of a protein complex, superoxide dismutase (SOD), induced by macromolecular crowding. Crowding was induced using 400 MW polyethylene glycol (PEG), triethylene glycol (TEG), methyl- -glucoside ( -MG) and trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). Parallel small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) allowed us to unambiguously attribute apparent changes in radius of gyration to changes in the structure of SOD. For a 40% PEG solution, we find that the volume of SOD was reduced by 9%. Considering the osmotic pressure due to PEG, this deformation corresponds to a highly compressible structure. SAXS done in the presence of TEG suggests that for further deformation beyond a 9% decrease in volume the resistance to deformation may increase dramatically.

  10. E-MSD: the European Bioinformatics Institute Macromolecular Structure Database

    PubMed Central

    Boutselakis, H.; Dimitropoulos, D.; Fillon, J.; Golovin, A.; Henrick, K.; Hussain, A.; Ionides, J.; John, M.; Keller, P. A.; Krissinel, E.; McNeil, P.; Naim, A.; Newman, R.; Oldfield, T.; Pineda, J.; Rachedi, A.; Copeland, J.; Sitnov, A.; Sobhany, S.; Suarez-Uruena, A.; Swaminathan, J.; Tagari, M.; Tate, J.; Tromm, S.; Velankar, S.; Vranken, W.

    2003-01-01

    The E-MSD macromolecular structure relational database (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/msd) is designed to be a single access point for protein and nucleic acid structures and related information. The database is derived from Protein Data Bank (PDB) entries. Relational database technologies are used in a comprehensive cleaning procedure to ensure data uniformity across the whole archive. The search database contains an extensive set of derived properties, goodness-of-fit indicators, and links to other EBI databases including InterPro, GO, and SWISS-PROT, together with links to SCOP, CATH, PFAM and PROSITE. A generic search interface is available, coupled with a fast secondary structure domain search tool. PMID:12520052

  11. Macromolecular structure analysis and effective liquefaction pretreatment. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Suuberg, E.M.; Yun, Y.; Lilly, W.D.; Leung, K.; Gates, T.; Otake, Y.; Deevi, S.C.

    1994-07-01

    This project was concerned with characterizing the changes in coal macromolecular structure, that are of significance for liquefaction pretreatments of coal. The macromolecular structure of the insoluble portion of coal is difficult to characterize. Techniques that do so indirectly (based upon, for example, NMR and FTIR characterizations of atomic linkages) are not particularly sensitive for this purpose. Techniques that characterize the elastic structure (such as solvent swelling) are much more sensitive to subtle changes in the network structure. It is for this reason that we focused upon these techniques. The overall objective involved identifying pretreatments that reduce the crosslinking (physical or chemical) of the network structure, and thus lead to materials that can be handled to a greater extent by traditional liquid-phase processing techniques. These techniques tend to be inherently more efficient at producing desirable products. This report is divided into seven chapters. Chapter II summarizes the main experimental approaches used throughout the project, and summarizes the main findings on the Argonne Premium coal samples. Chapter III considers synergistic effects of solvent pairs. It is divided into two subsections. The first is concerned with mixtures of CS{sub 2} with electron donor solvents. The second subsection is concerned with aromatic hydrocarbon - alcohol or hydrocarbon - alcohol mixtures, as might be of interest for preliquefaction delivery of catalysts into bituminous coals. Chapter IV deals with questions of how oxidation might influence the results that are obtained. Chapter V briefly details what conclusions may be drawn concerning the elastic behavior of coals, and the effects of thermal treatments on this behavior. Chapter VI is concerned with theories to describe the action of solvents that are capable of dissociating non-covalent crosslinks. Finally, Chapter VII discusses the practical implications of the study.

  12. Automated identification of elemental ions in macromolecular crystal structures

    PubMed Central

    Echols, Nathaniel; Morshed, Nader; Afonine, Pavel V.; McCoy, Airlie J.; Miller, Mitchell D.; Read, Randy J.; Richardson, Jane S.; Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Adams, Paul D.

    2014-01-01

    Many macromolecular model-building and refinement programs can automatically place solvent atoms in electron density at moderate-to-high resolution. This process frequently builds water molecules in place of elemental ions, the identification of which must be performed manually. The solvent-picking algorithms in phenix.refine have been extended to build common ions based on an analysis of the chemical environment as well as physical properties such as occupancy, B factor and anomalous scattering. The method is most effective for heavier elements such as calcium and zinc, for which a majority of sites can be placed with few false positives in a diverse test set of structures. At atomic resolution, it is observed that it can also be possible to identify tightly bound sodium and magnesium ions. A number of challenges that contribute to the difficulty of completely automating the process of structure completion are discussed. PMID:24699654

  13. Conformational States of Macromolecular Assemblies Explored by Integrative Structure Calculation

    PubMed Central

    Thalassinos, Konstantinos; Pandurangan, Arun Prasad; Xu, Min; Alber, Frank; Topf, Maya

    2013-01-01

    Summary A detailed description of macromolecular assemblies in multiple conformational states can be very valuable for understanding cellular processes. At present, structural determination of most assemblies in different biologically relevant conformations cannot be achieved by a single technique and thus requires an integrative approach that combines information from multiple sources. Different techniques require different computational methods to allow efficient and accurate data processing and analysis. Here, we summarize the latest advances and future challenges in computational methods that help the interpretation of data from two techniques—mass spectrometry and three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy (with focus on alignment and classification of heterogeneous subtomograms from cryo-electron tomography). We evaluate how new developments in these two broad fields will lead to further integration with atomic structures to broaden our picture of the dynamic behavior of assemblies in their native environment. PMID:24010709

  14. Macromolecular crowding can account for RNase-sensitive constraint of bacterial nucleoid structure

    SciTech Connect

    Foley, Patricia L.; Wilson, David B.; Shuler, Michael L.

    2010-04-23

    The shape and compaction of the bacterial nucleoid may affect the accessibility of genetic material to the transcriptional machinery in natural and synthetic systems. To investigate this phenomenon, the nature and contribution of RNA and protein to the compaction of nucleoids that had been gently released from Escherichia coli cells were investigated using fluorescent and transmission electron microscopy. We propose that the removal of RNA from the bacterial nucleoid affects nucleoid compaction by altering the branching density and molecular weight of the nucleoid. We show that a common detergent in nucleoid preparations, Brij 58, plays a previously unrecognized role as a macromolecular crowding agent. RNA-free nucleoids adopt a compact structure similar in size to exponential-phase nucleoids when the concentration of Brij 58 is increased, consistent with our hypothesis. We present evidence that control and protein-free nucleoids behave similarly in solutions containing a macromolecular crowding agent. These results show that the contribution to DNA compaction by nucleoid-associated proteins is small when compared to macromolecular crowding effects.

  15. Timely deposition of macromolecular structures is necessary for peer review

    SciTech Connect

    Joosten, Robbie P.; Soueidan, Hayssam; Wessels, Lodewyk F. A.; Perrakis, Anastassis

    2013-12-01

    Deposition of crystallographic structures should be concurrent with or prior to manuscript submission for peer review, enabling validation and increasing reliability of the PDB. Most of the macromolecular structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB), which are used daily by thousands of educators and scientists alike, are determined by X-ray crystallography. It was examined whether the crystallographic models and data were deposited to the PDB at the same time as the publications that describe them were submitted for peer review. This condition is necessary to ensure pre-publication validation and the quality of the PDB public archive. It was found that a significant proportion of PDB entries were submitted to the PDB after peer review of the corresponding publication started, and many were only submitted after peer review had ended. It is argued that clear description of journal policies and effective policing is important for pre-publication validation, which is key in ensuring the quality of the PDB and of peer-reviewed literature.

  16. Macromolecular coal structure as revealed by novel diffusion tests

    SciTech Connect

    Peppas, N.A.; Olivares, J.; Drummond, R.; Lustig, S.

    1990-01-01

    The main goal of the present work was the elucidation of the mechanistic characteristics of dynamic transport of various penetrants (solvents) in thin sections of coals by examining their penetrant uptake, front swelling and stress development. An important objective of this work was the study of coal network structure in different thermodynamically compatible penetrants and the analysis of dynamic swelling in terms of present anomalous transport theories. Interferometry/polariscopy, surface image analysis and related techniques were used to quantify the stresses and solvent concentration profiles in these sections. Dynamic and equilibrium swelling behavior were correlated using the polar interaction contributions of the solvent solubility parameters. The penetrant front position was followed in thin coal sections as a function of time. The initial front velocity was calculated for various coals and penetrants. Our penetrant studies with thin coal section from the same coal sample but with different thickness show that within the range of 150 {mu}m to 1500{mu}m the transport mechanism of dimethyl formamide in the macromolecular coal network is non-Fickian. In fact, for the thickest samples the transport mechanism is predominately Case-II whereas in the thinner samples penetrant uptake may be diffusion-controlled. Studies in various penetrants such as acetone, cyclohexane, methanol, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene and methylene chloride indicated that penetrant transport is a non-Fickian phenomenon. Stresses and cracks were observed for transport of methylene chloride. 73 refs., 88 figs., 15 tabs.

  17. The electrokinetic behavior of calcium oxalate monohydrate in macromolecular solutions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Curreri, P. A.; Onoda, G. Y., Jr.; Finlayson, B.

    1988-01-01

    Electrophoretic mobilities were measured for calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) in solutions containing macromolecules. Two mucopolysaccharides (sodium heparin and chrondroitin sulfate) and two proteins (positively charged lysozyme and negatively charged bovine serum albumin) were studied as adsorbates. The effects of pH, calcium oxalate surface charge (varied by calcium or oxalate ion activity), and citrate concentration were investigated. All four macromolecules showed evidence for chemical adsorption. The macromolecule concentrations needed for reversing the surface charge indicated that the mucopopolysacchrides have greater affinity for the COM surface than the proteins. The amount of proteins that can chemically adsorb appears to be limited to approximately one monomolecular layer. When the surface charge is high, an insufficient number of proteins can chemically adsorb to neutralize or reverse the surface charge. The remaining surface charge is balanced by proteins held near the surface by longer range electrostatic forces only. Citrate ions at high concentrations appear to compete effectively with the negative protein for surface sites but show no evidence for competing with the positively charged protein.

  18. Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on the Structure of a Protein Complex: A Small-Angle Scattering Study of Superoxide Dismutase

    PubMed Central

    Rajapaksha, Ajith; Stanley, Christopher B.; Todd, Brian A.

    2015-01-01

    Macromolecular crowding can alter the structure and function of biological macromolecules. We used small-angle scattering to measure the effects of macromolecular crowding on the size of a protein complex, SOD (superoxide dismutase). Crowding was induced using 400 MW PEG (polyethylene glycol),TEG (triethylene glycol), ?-MG (methyl-?-glucoside), and TMAO (trimethylamine n-oxide). Parallel small-angle neutron scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering allowed us to unambiguously attribute apparent changes in radius of gyration to changes in the structure of SOD. For a 40% PEG solution, we find that the volume of SOD was reduced by 9%. Considering the osmotic pressure due to PEG, this deformation corresponds to a highly compressible structure. Small-angle x-ray scattering done in the presence of TEG suggests that for further deformation—beyond a 9% decrease in volume—the resistance to deformation may increase dramatically. PMID:25692601

  19. PDBe: improved accessibility of macromolecular structure data from PDB and EMDB.

    PubMed

    Velankar, Sameer; van Ginkel, Glen; Alhroub, Younes; Battle, Gary M; Berrisford, John M; Conroy, Matthew J; Dana, Jose M; Gore, Swanand P; Gutmanas, Aleksandras; Haslam, Pauline; Hendrickx, Pieter M S; Lagerstedt, Ingvar; Mir, Saqib; Fernandez Montecelo, Manuel A; Mukhopadhyay, Abhik; Oldfield, Thomas J; Patwardhan, Ardan; Sanz-García, Eduardo; Sen, Sanchayita; Slowley, Robert A; Wainwright, Michael E; Deshpande, Mandar S; Iudin, Andrii; Sahni, Gaurav; Salavert Torres, Jose; Hirshberg, Miriam; Mak, Lora; Nadzirin, Nurul; Armstrong, David R; Clark, Alice R; Smart, Oliver S; Korir, Paul K; Kleywegt, Gerard J

    2016-01-01

    The Protein Data Bank in Europe (http://pdbe.org) accepts and annotates depositions of macromolecular structure data in the PDB and EMDB archives and enriches, integrates and disseminates structural information in a variety of ways. The PDBe website has been redesigned based on an analysis of user requirements, and now offers intuitive access to improved and value-added macromolecular structure information. Unique value-added information includes lists of reviews and research articles that cite or mention PDB entries as well as access to figures and legends from full-text open-access publications that describe PDB entries. A powerful new query system not only shows all the PDB entries that match a given query, but also shows the 'best structures' for a given macromolecule, ligand complex or sequence family using data-quality information from the wwPDB validation reports. A PDBe RESTful API has been developed to provide unified access to macromolecular structure data available in the PDB and EMDB archives as well as value-added annotations, e.g. regarding structure quality and up-to-date cross-reference information from the SIFTS resource. Taken together, these new developments facilitate unified access to macromolecular structure data in an intuitive way for non-expert users and support expert users in analysing macromolecular structure data. PMID:26476444

  20. PDBe: improved accessibility of macromolecular structure data from PDB and EMDB

    PubMed Central

    Velankar, Sameer; van Ginkel, Glen; Alhroub, Younes; Battle, Gary M.; Berrisford, John M.; Conroy, Matthew J.; Dana, Jose M.; Gore, Swanand P.; Gutmanas, Aleksandras; Haslam, Pauline; Hendrickx, Pieter M. S.; Lagerstedt, Ingvar; Mir, Saqib; Fernandez Montecelo, Manuel A.; Mukhopadhyay, Abhik; Oldfield, Thomas J.; Patwardhan, Ardan; Sanz-García, Eduardo; Sen, Sanchayita; Slowley, Robert A.; Wainwright, Michael E.; Deshpande, Mandar S.; Iudin, Andrii; Sahni, Gaurav; Salavert Torres, Jose; Hirshberg, Miriam; Mak, Lora; Nadzirin, Nurul; Armstrong, David R.; Clark, Alice R.; Smart, Oliver S.; Korir, Paul K.; Kleywegt, Gerard J.

    2016-01-01

    The Protein Data Bank in Europe (http://pdbe.org) accepts and annotates depositions of macromolecular structure data in the PDB and EMDB archives and enriches, integrates and disseminates structural information in a variety of ways. The PDBe website has been redesigned based on an analysis of user requirements, and now offers intuitive access to improved and value-added macromolecular structure information. Unique value-added information includes lists of reviews and research articles that cite or mention PDB entries as well as access to figures and legends from full-text open-access publications that describe PDB entries. A powerful new query system not only shows all the PDB entries that match a given query, but also shows the ‘best structures’ for a given macromolecule, ligand complex or sequence family using data-quality information from the wwPDB validation reports. A PDBe RESTful API has been developed to provide unified access to macromolecular structure data available in the PDB and EMDB archives as well as value-added annotations, e.g. regarding structure quality and up-to-date cross-reference information from the SIFTS resource. Taken together, these new developments facilitate unified access to macromolecular structure data in an intuitive way for non-expert users and support expert users in analysing macromolecular structure data. PMID:26476444

  1. Macromolecular properties and polymeric structure of canine tracheal mucins.

    PubMed Central

    Shankar, V; Virmani, A K; Naziruddin, B; Sachdev, G P

    1991-01-01

    Two high-Mr mucus glycoproteins (mucins), CTM-A and CTM-B, were highly purified from canine tracheal pouch secretions, and their macromolecular properties as well as polymeric structure were investigated. On SDS/composite-gel electrophoresis, a diffuse band was observed for each mucin. Polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis using 6% gels also showed the absence of low-Mr contaminants in the mucins. Comparison of chemical and amino acid compositions revealed significant differences between the two mucins. Using a static-laser-light-scattering technique, CTM-A and CTM-B were found to have weight-average Mr values of about 11.0 x 10(6) and 1.4 x 10(6) respectively. Both mucins showed concentration-dependent aggregation in buffer containing 6 M-guanidine hydrochloride. Under similar experimental conditions, reduced-alkylated CTM-A had an Mr of 5.48 x 10(6) and showed no concentration-dependent aggregation. Hydrophobic properties of the mucins, investigated by the fluorescent probe technique using mansylphenylalanine as the probe, showed the presence of a large number of low-affinity (KD approx. 10(5) M) binding sites. These sites appeared to be located on the non-glycosylated regions of the protein core, since Pronase digestion of the mucins almost completely eliminated probe binding. Reduction of disulphide bonds of CTM-A and CTM-B did not significantly alter the probe-binding properties. Also, addition of increasing NaCl concentrations (0.03-1.0 M) to the buffer caused only a small change in the hydrophobic properties of native and reduced-alkylated mucins. CTM-A was deglycosylated, without notable in the hydrophobic properties of native and reduced-alkylated mucins. CTM-A was deglycosylated, without notable degradation, using a combination of chemical and enzymic methods. On SDS/PAGE the protein core was estimated to have an Mr of approx. 60,000. On the basis of the protein and carbohydrate contents of the major mucin CTM-A, the mucin monomer was calculated to have an Mr of approx. 140,000. The high Mr (11 x 10(6] observed by physical methods is therefore due to self-association of the mucin monomer subunits. Images Fig. 3. Fig. 8. PMID:2049078

  2. Mechanism of macromolecular structure evolution in self-assembled lipid nanoparticles for siRNA delivery.

    PubMed

    Gindy, Marian E; DiFelice, Katherine; Kumar, Varun; Prud'homme, Robert K; Celano, Robert; Haas, R Matthew; Smith, Jeffrey S; Boardman, David

    2014-04-29

    Lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) are a leading platform for therapeutic delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). Optimization of LNPs as therapeutic products is enabled by the development of structure-activity relationships (SAR) linking LNP physiochemical and macromolecular properties to bioperformance. Methods by which LNP properties can be rationally manipulated are thus critical enablers of this fundamental knowledge build. In this work, we present a mechanistic study of LNP self-assembly via a rapid antisolvent precipitation process and identify critical physiochemical and kinetic parameters governing the evolution of LNP three-dimensional macromolecular structure as a biorelevant SAR feature. Using small-angle X-ray scattering, LNPs are shown to undergo a temporal evolution in macromolecular structure during self-assembly, rearranging from initially disordered phases after precipitation into well-ordered structures following a necessary annealing stage of the assembly sequence. The ability of LNPs to undergo structural reorganization is shown to be effected by the chemical nature of the aqueous antisolvent used for precipitation. Antisolvents of varying buffering species differentially influence LNP macromolecular features, revealing a new participatory role of buffer ions in LNP self-assembly. Furthermore, the formation of macromolecular structure in LNPs is shown to improve the efficiency of siRNA encapsulation, thereby offering a simple, nonchemical route for preparation of high-payload LNPs that minimize the dose of lipid excipients. The developed LNP precipitation process and mechanistic understanding of self-assembly are shown to be generalizable, enabling the production of LNPs with a tunable range of macromolecular features, as evidenced by the cubic, hexagonal, and oligo-lamellar phase LNPs exemplarily generated. PMID:24684657

  3. The Neurobiologist's Guide to Structural Biology: A Primer on Why Macromolecular Structure Matters and How to Evaluate Structural Data

    PubMed Central

    Minor, Daniel L.

    2010-01-01

    Structural biology now plays a prominent role in addressing questions central to understanding how excitable cells function. Although interest in the insights gained from the definition and dissection of macromolecular anatomy is high, many neurobiologists remain unfamiliar with the methods employed. This primer aims to help neurobiologists understand approaches for probing macromolecular structure and where the limits and challenges remain. Using examples of macromolecules with neurobiological importance, the review covers X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy (EM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and biophysical methods with which these approaches are often paired: isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), equilibrium analytical ultracentifugation, and molecular dynamics (MD). PMID:17521566

  4. Macromolecular Stabilization by Excluded Cosolutes: Mean Field Theory of Crowded Solutions.

    PubMed

    Sapir, Liel; Harries, Daniel

    2015-07-14

    We propose a mean field theory to account for the experimentally determined temperature dependence of protein stabilization that emerges in solutions crowded by preferentially excluded cosolutes. Based on regular solution theory and employing the Flory-Huggins approximation, our model describes cosolutes in terms of their size, and two temperature-dependent microscopic parameters that correspond to macromolecule-cosolute and bulk solution interactions. The theory not only predicts a "depletion force" that can account for the experimentally observed stabilization of protein folding or association in the presence of excluded cosolutes but also predicts the full range of associated entropic and enthalpic components. Remarkably, depending on cosolute identity and in accordance with experiments, the theory describes entropically as well as enthalpically dominated depletion forces, even those disfavored by entropy. This emerging depletion attraction cannot be simply linked to molecular volumes. Instead, the relevant parameter is an effective volume that represents an interplay between solvent, cosolute, and macromolecular interactions. We demonstrate that the apparent depletion free energy is often accompanied by significant yet compensating entropy and enthalpy terms that, although having a net zero contribution to stabilization, can obscure the underlying molecular mechanism. This study underscores the importance of including often-neglected free energy terms that correspond to solvent-cosolute and cosolute-macromolecule interactions, which for most typical cosolutes are expected to be temperature dependent. We propose that experiments specifically aimed at resolving the temperature-dependence of cosolute exclusion from macromolecular surfaces should help reveal the full range of the underlying molecular mechanisms of the depletion force. PMID:26575781

  5. A MACROMOLECULAR REPEATING UNIT OF MITOCHONDRIAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

    PubMed Central

    Fernández-Morán, H.; Oda, T.; Blair, P. V.; Green, D. E.

    1964-01-01

    A repeating particle associated with the cristae and the inner membrane of the external envelope has been recognized and characterized in beef heart mitochondria by correlated electron microscopic and biochemical studies. Many thousands (ca. 104 to 105) of these particles, disposed in regular arrays, are present in a single mitochondrion. The repeating particle, called the elementary particle (EP), consists of three parts: (1) a spherical or polyhedral head piece (80 to 100 A in diameter); (2) a cylindrical stalk (about 50 A long and 30 to 40 A wide); and (3) a base piece (40 x 110 A). The base pieces of the elementary particles form an integral part of the outer dense layers of the cristae. The elementary particles can be seen in electron micrographs of mitochondria in situ, of isolated mitochondria, and of submitochondrial particles with a complete electron transfer chain. Negative staining with phosphotungstate is only one of several techniques that can be used for reproducible demonstration of the repeating particles and underlying subunit organization of mitochondrial membranes. A particulate unit containing a complete electron transfer chain can be isolated from beef heart mitochondria. The isolated unit approximates in size that of the elementary particle in situ. The molecular weight of the particle in situ is calculated to be 1.3 x 106. Evidence is presented for identifying the isolated unit with the elementary particle visualized in situ. The elementary particle of the mitochondrion is believed to be a prototype of a class of functional particles or macromolecular assemblies of similar size found in association with membranes generally. PMID:14195622

  6. Probing the Interplay of Size, Shape, and Solution Environment in Macromolecular Diffusion Using a Simple Refraction Experiment

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mankidy, Bijith D.; Coutinho, Cecil A.; Gupta, Vinay K.

    2010-01-01

    The diffusion coefficient of polymers is a critical parameter in biomedicine, catalysis, chemical separations, nanotechnology, and other industrial applications. Here, measurement of macromolecular diffusion in solutions is described using a visually instructive, undergraduate-level optical refraction experiment based on Weiner's method. To…

  7. Protein crystallography for aspiring crystallographers or how to avoid pitfalls and traps in macromolecular structure determination

    PubMed Central

    Wlodawer, Alexander; Minor, Wladek; Dauter, Zbigniew; Jaskolski, Mariusz

    2014-01-01

    The number of macromolecular structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank now approaches 100 000, with the vast majority of them determined by crystallographic methods. Thousands of papers describing such structures have been published in the scientific literature, and 20 Nobel Prizes in chemistry or medicine have been awarded for discoveries based on macromolecular crystallography. New hardware and software tools have made crystallography appear to be an almost routine (but still far from being analytical) technique and many structures are now being determined by scientists with very limited experience in the practical aspects of the field. However, this apparent ease is sometimes illusory and proper procedures need to be followed to maintain high standards of structure quality. In addition, many noncrystallographers may have problems with the critical evaluation and interpretation of structural results published in the scientific literature. The present review provides an outline of the technical aspects of crystallography for less experienced practitioners, as well as information that might be useful for users of macromolecular structures, aiming to show them how to interpret (but not overinterpret) the information present in the coordinate files and in their description. A discussion of the extent of information that can be gleaned from the atomic coordinates of structures solved at different resolution is provided, as well as problems and pitfalls encountered in structure determination and interpretation. PMID:24034303

  8. Quantification of Complex Topologies in Macromolecular and Nanoscale Structures using Small-Angle Scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pradhan, Siddharth; Ramachandran, Ramanth; Rai, Durgesh; Beaucage, Gregory

    2012-02-01

    Polymers are characterized by molecular weight distribution, tacticity, block copolymer content and branch content and chain topology. The branch structure and particularly the topology of branched chains has remained a difficult characterization problem. Recently we have developed a scaling model that can be coupled with small-angle scattering to measure the average branch length, number of branches and branch-on-branch structure in macromolecules of complex topology. This method has been extended to understand the structure of two dimensional structures and crumpling in these macromolecular systems. We have explored a wide range of materials in this regard. This poster will give an overview of the current uses for the scaling model for macromolecular topology. References pertaining to this poster can be found at http://www.eng.uc.edu/˜gbeaucag/BranchingPapers.html.

  9. The emerging role of native mass spectrometry in characterizing the structure and dynamics of macromolecular complexes.

    PubMed

    Boeri Erba, Elisabetta; Petosa, Carlo

    2015-08-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS) is a powerful tool for determining the mass of biomolecules with high accuracy and sensitivity. MS performed under so-called "native conditions" (native MS) can be used to determine the mass of biomolecules that associate noncovalently. Here we review the application of native MS to the study of protein-ligand interactions and its emerging role in elucidating the structure of macromolecular assemblies, including soluble and membrane protein complexes. Moreover, we discuss strategies aimed at determining the stoichiometry and topology of subunits by inducing partial dissociation of the holo-complex. We also survey recent developments in "native top-down MS", an approach based on Fourier Transform MS, whereby covalent bonds are broken without disrupting non-covalent interactions. Given recent progress, native MS is anticipated to play an increasingly important role for researchers interested in the structure of macromolecular complexes. PMID:25676284

  10. The R-factor gap in macromolecular crystallography: an untapped potential for insights on accurate structures

    PubMed Central

    Holton, James M; Classen, Scott; Frankel, Kenneth A; Tainer, John A

    2014-01-01

    In macromolecular crystallography, the agreement between observed and predicted structure factors (Rcryst and Rfree) is seldom better than 20%. This is much larger than the estimate of experimental error (Rmerge). The difference between Rcryst and Rmerge is the R-factor gap. There is no such gap in small-molecule crystallography, for which calculated structure factors are generally considered more accurate than the experimental measurements. Perhaps the true noise level of macromolecular data is higher than expected? Or is the gap caused by inaccurate phases that trap refined models in local minima? By generating simulated diffraction patterns using the program MLFSOM, and including every conceivable source of experimental error, we show that neither is the case. Processing our simulated data yielded values that were indistinguishable from those of real data for all crystallographic statistics except the final Rcryst and Rfree. These values decreased to 3.8% and 5.5% for simulated data, suggesting that the reason for high R-factors in macromolecular crystallography is neither experimental error nor phase bias, but rather an underlying inadequacy in the models used to explain our observations. The present inability to accurately represent the entire macromolecule with both its flexibility and its protein-solvent interface may be improved by synergies between small-angle X-ray scattering, computational chemistry and crystallography. The exciting implication of our finding is that macromolecular data contain substantial hidden and untapped potential to resolve ambiguities in the true nature of the nanoscale, a task that the second century of crystallography promises to fulfill. Database Coordinates and structure factors for the real data have been submitted to the Protein Data Bank under accession 4tws. PMID:25040949

  11. Integrative Structure Modeling of Macromolecular Assemblies from Proteomics Data*

    E-print Network

    Sali, Andrej

    atomic structures. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 9:1689­1702, 2010. A 3-D enhanced version critical cellular pro- cesses (1, 2). These include, among others, the ribosome (translation) (3, 4 description of a protein complex. Additional tech- niques, such as high throughput proteomics methods (23

  12. Denatured State Structural Property Determines Protein Stabilization by Macromolecular Crowding: A Thermodynamic and Structural Approach

    PubMed Central

    Mittal, Shruti; Singh, Laishram Rajendrakumar

    2013-01-01

    Understanding of protein structure and stability gained to date has been acquired through investigations made under dilute conditions where total macromolecular concentration never surpasses 10 g l?1. However, biological macromolecules are known to evolve and function under crowded intracellular environments that comprises of proteins, nucleic acids, ribosomes and carbohydrates etc. Crowded environment is known to result in altered biological properties including thermodynamic, structural and functional aspect of macromolecules as compared to the macromolecules present in our commonly used experimental dilute buffers (for example, Tris HCl or phosphate buffer). In this study, we have investigated the thermodynamic and structural consequences of synthetic crowding agent (Ficoll 70) on three different proteins (Ribonuclease-A, lysozyme and holo ?-lactalbumin) at different pH values. We report here that the effect of crowding is protein dependent in terms of protein thermal stability and structure. We also observed that the structural characteristics of the denatured state determines if crowding will have an effect or not on the protein stability. PMID:24265729

  13. [18] improving structures using all-atom contacts 385 The methodology of macromolecular crystallography is mature, powerful,

    E-print Network

    Richardson, David

    [18] improving structures using all-atom contacts 385 The methodology of macromolecular of protein and nucleic acid crystal structures. [18] New Tools and Data for Improving Structures, Using All-atom criteria for protein structure validation: (1) development of the all-atom contact method, which can

  14. Cryo-EM and the elucidation of new macromolecular structures: Random Conical Tilt revisited

    PubMed Central

    Sorzano, C. O. S.; Alcorlo, M.; de la Rosa-Trevín, J. M.; Melero, R.; Foche, I.; Zaldívar-Peraza, A.; del Cano, L.; Vargas, J.; Abrishami, V.; Otón, J.; Marabini, R.; Carazo, J. M.

    2015-01-01

    Cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM) of macromolecular complexes is a fundamental structural biology technique which is expanding at a very fast pace. Key to its success in elucidating the three-dimensional structure of a macromolecular complex, especially of small and non-symmetric ones, is the ability to start from a low resolution map, which is subsequently refined with the actual images collected at the microscope. There are several methods to produce this first structure. Among them, Random Conical Tilt (RCT) plays a prominent role due to its unbiased nature (it can create an initial model based on experimental measurements). In this article, we revise the fundamental mathematical expressions supporting RCT, providing new expressions handling all key geometrical parameters without the need of intermediate operations, leading to improved automation and overall reliability, essential for the success of cryo-EM when analyzing new complexes. We show that the here proposed RCT workflow based on the new formulation performs very well in practical cases, requiring very few image pairs (as low as 13 image pairs in one of our examples) to obtain relevant 3D maps. PMID:26390853

  15. Automated MAD and MIR structure solution

    PubMed Central

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Berendzen, Joel

    1999-01-01

    Obtaining an electron-density map from X-ray diffraction data can be difficult and time-consuming even after the data have been collected, largely because MIR and MAD structure determinations currently require many subjective evaluations of the qualities of trial heavy-atom partial structures before a correct heavy-atom solution is obtained. A set of criteria for evaluating the quality of heavy-atom partial solutions in macromolecular crystallography have been developed. These have allowed the conversion of the crystal structure-solution process into an optimization problem and have allowed its automation. The SOLVE software has been used to solve MAD data sets with as many as 52 selenium sites in the asymmetric unit. The automated structure-solution process developed is a major step towards the fully automated structure-determination, model-building and refinement procedure which is needed for genomic scale structure determinations. PMID:10089316

  16. Automated Structure Solution with the PHENIX Suite

    SciTech Connect

    Zwart, Peter H.; Zwart, Peter H.; Afonine, Pavel; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Hung, Li-Wei; Ioerger, Tom R.; McCoy, A.J.; McKee, Eric; Moriarty, Nigel; Read, Randy J.; Sacchettini, James C.; Sauter, Nicholas K.; Storoni, L.C.; Terwilliger, Tomas C.; Adams, Paul D.

    2008-06-09

    Significant time and effort are often required to solve and complete a macromolecular crystal structure. The development of automated computational methods for the analysis, solution and completion of crystallographic structures has the potential to produce minimally biased models in a short time without the need for manual intervention. The PHENIX software suite is a highly automated system for macromolecular structure determination that can rapidly arrive at an initial partial model of a structure without significant human intervention, given moderate resolution and good quality data. This achievement has been made possible by the development of new algorithms for structure determination, maximum-likelihood molecular replacement (PHASER), heavy-atom search (HySS), template and pattern-based automated model-building (RESOLVE, TEXTAL), automated macromolecular refinement (phenix.refine), and iterative model-building, density modification and refinement that can operate at moderate resolution (RESOLVE, AutoBuild). These algorithms are based on a highly integrated and comprehensive set of crystallographic libraries that have been built and made available to the community. The algorithms are tightly linked and made easily accessible to users through the PHENIX Wizards and the PHENIX GUI.

  17. Automated structure solution with the PHENIX suite

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C; Zwart, Peter H; Afonine, Pavel V; Grosse - Kunstleve, Ralf W

    2008-01-01

    Significant time and effort are often required to solve and complete a macromolecular crystal structure. The development of automated computational methods for the analysis, solution, and completion of crystallographic structures has the potential to produce minimally biased models in a short time without the need for manual intervention. The PHENIX software suite is a highly automated system for macromolecular structure determination that can rapidly arrive at an initial partial model of a structure without significant human intervention, given moderate resolution, and good quality data. This achievement has been made possible by the development of new algorithms for structure determination, maximum-likelihood molecular replacement (PHASER), heavy-atom search (HySS), template- and pattern-based automated model-building (RESOLVE, TEXTAL), automated macromolecular refinement (phenix. refine), and iterative model-building, density modification and refinement that can operate at moderate resolution (RESOLVE, AutoBuild). These algorithms are based on a highly integrated and comprehensive set of crystallographic libraries that have been built and made available to the community. The algorithms are tightly linked and made easily accessible to users through the PHENIX Wizards and the PHENIX GUI.

  18. Using support vector machines to improve elemental ion identification in macromolecular crystal structures

    SciTech Connect

    Morshed, Nader; Echols, Nathaniel; Adams, Paul D.

    2015-05-01

    A method to automatically identify possible elemental ions in X-ray crystal structures has been extended to use support vector machine (SVM) classifiers trained on selected structures in the PDB, with significantly improved sensitivity over manually encoded heuristics. In the process of macromolecular model building, crystallographers must examine electron density for isolated atoms and differentiate sites containing structured solvent molecules from those containing elemental ions. This task requires specific knowledge of metal-binding chemistry and scattering properties and is prone to error. A method has previously been described to identify ions based on manually chosen criteria for a number of elements. Here, the use of support vector machines (SVMs) to automatically classify isolated atoms as either solvent or one of various ions is described. Two data sets of protein crystal structures, one containing manually curated structures deposited with anomalous diffraction data and another with automatically filtered, high-resolution structures, were constructed. On the manually curated data set, an SVM classifier was able to distinguish calcium from manganese, zinc, iron and nickel, as well as all five of these ions from water molecules, with a high degree of accuracy. Additionally, SVMs trained on the automatically curated set of high-resolution structures were able to successfully classify most common elemental ions in an independent validation test set. This method is readily extensible to other elemental ions and can also be used in conjunction with previous methods based on a priori expectations of the chemical environment and X-ray scattering.

  19. Biological Macromolecular Structures Data from the RCSB Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB)

    DOE Data Explorer

    The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) is a non-profit consortium that works to improve understanding of the function of biological systems through the study of the 3-D structure of biological macromolecules. The RCSB PDB is one of three sites serving as deposition, data processing, and distribution sites of the Protein Data Bank Archive. Each site provides its own view of the primary data, thus providing a variety of tools and resources for the global community. RCSB is also the official keeper for the PDB archive, with sole access authority to the PDB archive directory structure and contents. The RCSB PDB Information Portal for Biological Macromolecular Structures offers online tools for search and retrieval, for visualizing structures, for depositing, validating, or downloading data, news and highlights, a discussion forum, and links to other areas of related research. The PDB archive is a repository of atomic coordinates and other information describing proteins and other important biological macromolecules. Structural biologists use methods such as X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and cryo-electron microscopy to determine the location of each atom relative to each other in the molecule. They then deposit this information, which is then annotated and publicly released into the archive by the wwPDB. Results can be viewed as 3-D images or models.

  20. Macromolecular conformation in solution. Study of carbonic anhydrase by the positron annihilation technique.

    PubMed Central

    Handel, E D; Graf, G; Glass, J C

    1980-01-01

    The structural features of carbonic anhydrase (carbonate hydro-lyase; EC 4.2.1.1) in aqueous solution were probed by the positron annihilation technique. The data obtained under varying conditions of temperature, pH, and enzyme concentration were interpreted in terms of the free volume model. The change of enzymic activity with temperature is accompanied by a change in free volume of the protein. Upon thermal denaturation an irreversible change in free volume of the molecule occurred. At low temperatures the protein-water interactions were investigated. These results are discussed in terms of current concepts of structure-function relationships in proteins. This study shows the sensitivity of the positron annihilation method toward the structure of proteins related to their overall conformation and to the nature of bound water. PMID:6789901

  1. Instrumentation on Multi-Scaled Scattering of Bio-Macromolecular Solutions

    PubMed Central

    Chu, Benjamin; Fang, Dufei; Mao, Yimin

    2015-01-01

    The design, construction and initial tests on a combined laser light scattering and synchrotron X-ray scattering instrument can cover studies of length scales from atomic sizes in Angstroms to microns and dynamics from microseconds to seconds are presented. In addition to static light scattering (SLS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), the light scattering instrument is being developed to carry out studies in mildly turbid solutions, in the presence of multiple scattering. Three-dimensional photon cross correlation function (3D-PCCF) measurements have been introduced to couple with synchrotron X-ray scattering to study the structure, size and dynamics of macromolecules in solution. PMID:25946340

  2. Using support vector machines to improve elemental ion identification in macromolecular crystal structures

    SciTech Connect

    Morshed, Nader; Echols, Nathaniel; Adams, Paul D.

    2015-04-25

    In the process of macromolecular model building, crystallographers must examine electron density for isolated atoms and differentiate sites containing structured solvent molecules from those containing elemental ions. This task requires specific knowledge of metal-binding chemistry and scattering properties and is prone to error. A method has previously been described to identify ions based on manually chosen criteria for a number of elements. Here, the use of support vector machines (SVMs) to automatically classify isolated atoms as either solvent or one of various ions is described. Two data sets of protein crystal structures, one containing manually curated structures deposited with anomalous diffraction data and another with automatically filtered, high-resolution structures, were constructed. On the manually curated data set, an SVM classifier was able to distinguish calcium from manganese, zinc, iron and nickel, as well as all five of these ions from water molecules, with a high degree of accuracy. Additionally, SVMs trained on the automatically curated set of high-resolution structures were able to successfully classify most common elemental ions in an independent validation test set. This method is readily extensible to other elemental ions and can also be used in conjunction with previous methods based on a priori expectations of the chemical environment and X-ray scattering.

  3. Using support vector machines to improve elemental ion identification in macromolecular crystal structures

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Morshed, Nader; Echols, Nathaniel; Adams, Paul D.

    2015-04-25

    In the process of macromolecular model building, crystallographers must examine electron density for isolated atoms and differentiate sites containing structured solvent molecules from those containing elemental ions. This task requires specific knowledge of metal-binding chemistry and scattering properties and is prone to error. A method has previously been described to identify ions based on manually chosen criteria for a number of elements. Here, the use of support vector machines (SVMs) to automatically classify isolated atoms as either solvent or one of various ions is described. Two data sets of protein crystal structures, one containing manually curated structures deposited with anomalousmore »diffraction data and another with automatically filtered, high-resolution structures, were constructed. On the manually curated data set, an SVM classifier was able to distinguish calcium from manganese, zinc, iron and nickel, as well as all five of these ions from water molecules, with a high degree of accuracy. Additionally, SVMs trained on the automatically curated set of high-resolution structures were able to successfully classify most common elemental ions in an independent validation test set. This method is readily extensible to other elemental ions and can also be used in conjunction with previous methods based on a priori expectations of the chemical environment and X-ray scattering.« less

  4. X-ray Footprinting at Beamline X28C: A National Resource for Studying Macromolecular Structure and Dynamics

    SciTech Connect

    D'Mello, R.; Gupta, S; Bohen, J; Abel, D; Toomey, J; Sullivan, M; Chance, M

    2009-01-01

    X-ray footprinting employs intense X-rays produced by synchrotron radiation to generate hydroxyl radicals in solution on microseconds-milliseconds timescales. These hydroxyls radicals undergo stable reaction with solvent accessible sites of macromolecule and produce covalent modifications, which are appropriate to probing macromolecule dynamics under physiological condition. For nucleic acids, one analyzes the pattern of fragments after X-ray exposure by gel electrophoresis; the protected sections that are not cleaved yield a 'footprint'. For proteins, the exposed samples are digested with proteases and analyzed by liquid chromatography- and tandem-mass spectrometry to determine the extent and sites of modification. The data provide detailed structural information to map tertiary contacts of macromolecular interactions, which can subsequently be used as constraints for molecular modeling to generate high-resolution structures. This method is unique in providing 'local' structural information in solution for gaining insight into dynamic processes involving, large RNA-protein and protein-protein assemblies on biologically relevant timescales. The method also can uniquely probe the 'local' structure of large complexes poised at equilibrium for functional states of interest, and has been extended to in vivo studies. Beamline X28C is located at the National Synchrotron Light Source of Brookhaven National Laboratory. An expanding set of user groups utilize this national resource funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. The facility is operated by the Center for Synchrotron Biosciences and the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics of Case Western Reserve University. The facility supports both onsite and offsite user access. Beam time is allocated online through peer reviewed user proposal system. Examples of recent research projects are provided.

  5. The structural biology center at the APS: an integrated user facility for macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Rosenbaum, G.; Westbrook, E. M.

    1997-07-01

    The Structural Biology Center (SBC) has developed and operates a sector (undulator and bending magnet) of the APS as a user facility for macromolecular crystallography. Crystallographically determined structures of proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes with proteins, viruses, and complexes between macromolecules and small ligands have become of central importance in molecular and cellular biology. Major design goals were to make the extremely high brilliance of the APS available for brilliance limited studies, and to achieve a high throughput of less demanding studies, as well as optimization for MAS-phasing. Crystal samples will include extremely small crystals, crystals with large unit cells (viruses, ribosomes, etc.) and ensembles of closely similar crystal structures for drug design, protein engineering, etc. Data are recorded on a 3000x3000 pixel CCD-area detector (optionally on image plates). The x-ray optics of both beamlines has been designed to produce a highly demagnified image of the source in order to match the focal size with the sizes of the sample and the resolution element of the detector. Vertical focusing is achieved by a flat, cylindrically bent mirror. Horizontal focusing is achieved by sagitally bending the second crystal of the double crystal monochromator. Monochromatic fluxes of 1.3*10{sup 13} ph/s into focal sizes of 0.08 mm (horizontal)x0.04 mm (vertical) FWHM (flux density 3.5*10{sup 15} ph/s/mm{sup 2}) have been recorded.

  6. Macromolecular structural dynamics visualized by pulsed dose control in 4D electron microscopy

    PubMed Central

    Kwon, Oh-Hoon; Ortalan, Volkan; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2011-01-01

    Macromolecular conformation dynamics, which span a wide range of time scales, are fundamental to the understanding of properties and functions of their structures. Here, we report direct imaging of structural dynamics of helical macromolecules over the time scales of conformational dynamics (ns to subsecond) by means of four-dimensional (4D) electron microscopy in the single-pulse and stroboscopic modes. With temporally controlled electron dosage, both diffraction and real-space images are obtained without irreversible radiation damage. In this way, the order-disorder transition is revealed for the organic chain polymer. Through a series of equilibrium-temperature and temperature-jump dependencies, it is shown that the metastable structures and entropy of conformations can be mapped in the nonequilibrium region of a “funnel-like” free-energy landscape. The T-jump is introduced through a substrate (a “hot plate” type arrangement) because only the substrate is made to absorb the pulsed energy. These results illustrate the promise of ultrafast 4D imaging for other applications in the study of polymer physics as well as in the visualization of biological phenomena. PMID:21444766

  7. Conservation of peptide structure of outer membrane protein-macromolecular complex from Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

    PubMed Central

    Hansen, M V; Wilde, C E

    1984-01-01

    The structural conservation of an outer membrane protein of Neisseria gonorrhoeae called OMP-MC (outer membrane protein-macromolecular complex) was investigated by determining the isoelectric point and amino-terminal amino acid sequence of the protein and by using high-performance liquid chromatography for comparative tryptic peptide mapping. The 76,000-dalton subunits generated by reduction and alkylation of the native 800,000-dalton complex from six test strains focused in ultrathin gels as bands of restricted heterogeneity at an approximate pI of 7.6. Dansyl chloride labeling indicated that all strains shared glycine as the amino-terminal amino acid. Sequence analysis of OMP-MC from two strains revealed no amino acid differences within the first 11 residues. Dual-label peptide maps revealed an extremely high degree of conservation of peptide structure. The results indicate that (i) OMP-MCs isolated from various strains of N. gonorrhoeae share structural homology and (ii) the 800,000-dalton complex is a homopolymer composed of 10 to 12 apparently identical 76,000-dalton subunits. Images PMID:6421738

  8. MolProbity: all-atom structure validation for macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Vincent B.; Arendall, W. Bryan III; Headd, Jeffrey J.; Keedy, Daniel A.; Immormino, Robert M.; Kapral, Gary J.; Murray, Laura W.; Richardson, Jane S.; Richardson, David C.

    2010-01-01

    MolProbity structure validation will diagnose most local errors in macromolecular crystal structures and help to guide their correction. MolProbity is a structure-validation web service that provides broad-spectrum solidly based evaluation of model quality at both the global and local levels for both proteins and nucleic acids. It relies heavily on the power and sensitivity provided by optimized hydrogen placement and all-atom contact analysis, complemented by updated versions of covalent-geometry and torsion-angle criteria. Some of the local corrections can be performed automatically in MolProbity and all of the diagnostics are presented in chart and graphical forms that help guide manual rebuilding. X-ray crystallography provides a wealth of biologically important molecular data in the form of atomic three-dimensional structures of proteins, nucleic acids and increasingly large complexes in multiple forms and states. Advances in automation, in everything from crystallization to data collection to phasing to model building to refinement, have made solving a structure using crystallography easier than ever. However, despite these improvements, local errors that can affect biological interpretation are widespread at low resolution and even high-resolution structures nearly all contain at least a few local errors such as Ramachandran outliers, flipped branched protein side chains and incorrect sugar puckers. It is critical both for the crystallographer and for the end user that there are easy and reliable methods to diagnose and correct these sorts of errors in structures. MolProbity is the authors’ contribution to helping solve this problem and this article reviews its general capabilities, reports on recent enhancements and usage, and presents evidence that the resulting improvements are now beneficially affecting the global database.

  9. Effect of microwave radiation on the macromolecular, morphological and crystallographic structures of sisal fiber

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Patra, Annapurna; Bisoyi, Dillip K.; Manda, Prem K.; Singh, A. K.

    2013-09-01

    Experiments have been performed to find out the effectiveness of the microwave radiation on the modification of the sisal fiber. The idea of taking the high frequency microwave for modification of the sisal is fueled by the present environmental and energy crisis. Physical properties of the fiber have been modified significantly after microwave irradiation under different conditions in terms of power and time. Macromolecular parameters of the fiber are characterized by the Small angle X-ray Scattering characterization (SAXS) technique. These parameters have been found to be changed significantly after the microwave heat treatment as compare to the raw fiber. The fibers that are irradiated for 4 min under 320 W microwave power (320W4) are found to have least distortion, defect, enhanced density, surface roughness, improved crystallinity, and hydrophobicity. However, the degradation of the structural component and crystallinity of the fiber are observed at higher power and higher treatment period. The chemical structure of the microwave treated fiber does not change much except at higher power and prolong treatment period.

  10. Free kick instead of cross-validation in maximum-likelihood refinement of macromolecular crystal structures

    SciTech Connect

    Pražnikar, Jure; Turk, Dušan

    2014-12-01

    The maximum-likelihood free-kick target, which calculates model error estimates from the work set and a randomly displaced model, proved superior in the accuracy and consistency of refinement of crystal structures compared with the maximum-likelihood cross-validation target, which calculates error estimates from the test set and the unperturbed model. The refinement of a molecular model is a computational procedure by which the atomic model is fitted to the diffraction data. The commonly used target in the refinement of macromolecular structures is the maximum-likelihood (ML) function, which relies on the assessment of model errors. The current ML functions rely on cross-validation. They utilize phase-error estimates that are calculated from a small fraction of diffraction data, called the test set, that are not used to fit the model. An approach has been developed that uses the work set to calculate the phase-error estimates in the ML refinement from simulating the model errors via the random displacement of atomic coordinates. It is called ML free-kick refinement as it uses the ML formulation of the target function and is based on the idea of freeing the model from the model bias imposed by the chemical energy restraints used in refinement. This approach for the calculation of error estimates is superior to the cross-validation approach: it reduces the phase error and increases the accuracy of molecular models, is more robust, provides clearer maps and may use a smaller portion of data for the test set for the calculation of R{sub free} or may leave it out completely.

  11. Novel 3D bio-macromolecular bilinear descriptors for protein science: Predicting protein structural classes.

    PubMed

    Marrero-Ponce, Yovani; Contreras-Torres, Ernesto; García-Jacas, César R; Barigye, Stephen J; Cubillán, Néstor; Alvarado, Ysaías J

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, we introduce novel 3D protein descriptors based on the bilinear algebraic form in the ?(n) space on the coulombic matrix. For the calculation of these descriptors, macromolecular vectors belonging to ?(n) space, whose components represent certain amino acid side-chain properties, were used as weighting schemes. Generalization approaches for the calculation of inter-amino acidic residue spatial distances based on Minkowski metrics are proposed. The simple- and double-stochastic schemes were defined as approaches to normalize the coulombic matrix. The local-fragment indices for both amino acid-types and amino acid-groups are presented in order to permit characterizing fragments of interest in proteins. On the other hand, with the objective of taking into account specific interactions among amino acids in global or local indices, geometric and topological cut-offs are defined. To assess the utility of global and local indices a classification model for the prediction of the major four protein structural classes, was built with the Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) technique. The developed LDA-model correctly classifies the 92.6% and 92.7% of the proteins on the training and test sets, respectively. The obtained model showed high values of the generalized square correlation coefficient (GC(2)) on both the training and test series. The statistical parameters derived from the internal and external validation procedures demonstrate the robustness, stability and the high predictive power of the proposed model. The performance of the LDA-model demonstrates the capability of the proposed indices not only to codify relevant biochemical information related to the structural classes of proteins, but also to yield suitable interpretability. It is anticipated that the current method will benefit the prediction of other protein attributes or functions. PMID:25843214

  12. Automated measurement of the static light scattering of macromolecular solutions over a broad range of concentration

    PubMed Central

    Fernández, Cristina; Minton, Allen P.

    2008-01-01

    A method and apparatus for automated measurement of the concentration dependence of static light scattering of protein solutions over a broad range of concentration is described. The gradient of protein concentration is created by successive dilutions of an initially concentrated solution contained within the scattering measurement cell, which is maintained at constant total volume. The method is validated by measurement of the concentration dependence of light scattering of bovine serum albumin, ovalbumin, and ovomucoid at concentrations up to 130 g/L. The experimentally obtained concentration dependence of scattering obtained from all three proteins is quantitatively consistent with the assumption that no significant self-association occurs over the measured range of concentration. PMID:18627764

  13. NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and macromolecular migration in a melt or in concentrated solutions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Addad, J. P. C.

    1983-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to analyze the migration process of long polymer molecules in a melt or in concentrated solutions as it may be observed from the dynamics of the transverse magnetization of nuclear spins linked to these chains. The low frequency viscoelastic relaxation of polymer systems is known to be mainly controlled by the mechanism of dissociation of topological constraints excited on chains and which are called entanglements. This mechanism exhibits a strong dependence upon the chain molecular weight. These topological constraints also govern the diffusion process of polymer chains. So, the accurate description of the diffusion motion of a chain may be a convenient way to characterize disentanglement processes necessarily involved in any model proposed to explain viscoelastic effects.

  14. Macromolecular Structure Description: This course covers the principles of protein and nucleic acid structure, stability

    E-print Network

    Sherrill, David

    of Biopolymers Amino Acids The Peptide Bond Protein Rotamers: Ramachandran plots The Nucleic Acid Bases Folding Nucleic Acids Structure Base pairs and base triples Helical Structures: A, B and Z-helices Cation and nucleic acid structure, stability and dynamics. Topics will include interactions, conformations, forces

  15. Macromolecular Crystallization in Microgravity

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Snell, Edward H.; Helliwell, John R.

    2004-01-01

    The key concepts that attracted crystal growers, macromolecular or solid state, to microgravity research is that density difference fluid flows and sedimentation of the growing crystals are greatly reduced. Thus, defects and flaws in the crystals can be reduced, even eliminated, and crystal volume can be increased. Macromolecular crystallography differs from the field of crystalline semiconductors. For the latter, crystals are harnessed for their electrical behaviors. A crystal of a biological macromolecule is used instead for diffraction experiments (X-ray or neutron) to determine the three-dimensional structure of the macromolecule. The better the internal order of the crystal of a biological macromolecule then the more molecular structure detail that can be extracted. This structural information that enables an understanding of how the molecule functions. This knowledge is changing the biological and chemical sciences with major potential in understanding disease pathologies. Macromolecular structural crystallography in general is a remarkable field where physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics meet to enable insight to the basic fundamentals of life. In this review, we examine the use of microgravity as an environment to grow macromolecular crystals. We describe the crystallization procedures used on the ground, how the resulting crystals are studied and the knowledge obtained from those crystals. We address the features desired in an ordered crystal and the techniques used to evaluate those features in detail. We then introduce the microgravity environment, the techniques to access that environment, and the theory and evidence behind the use of microgravity for crystallization experiments. We describe how ground-based laboratory techniques have been adapted to microgravity flights and look at some of the methods used to analyze the resulting data. Several case studies illustrate the physical crystal quality improvements and the macromolecular structural advances. Finally, limitations and alternatives to microgravity and future directions for this research are covered.

  16. Asphalts and asphaltenes: Macromolecular structure, precipitation properties, and flow in porous media

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rassamdana, Hossein

    Depending on rock and fluid properties, more than 50% of reservoir oil in place is normally produced by enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods. Among the EOR techniques, miscible flooding is one of the most efficient and widely-used methods. However, this method can suffer from the formation and precipitation of asphalt aggregates. In addition, asphalt deposition is also a major hindrance to heavy oil production, and even primary recovery operations. Asphalt deposition can alter the reservoir rock properties, fluid saturation distribution, fluid flow properties, and eventually the ultimate oil recovery. The shortage of studies on the macromolecular structure and growth mechanisms of asphalt particles is the main reason for the unsuccessful modeling of their precipitation properties. The equivocal behavior of asphalt under some specific conditions could be the other reason. In this research we look at the problem of asphalt formation, flow, and precipitation from three different angles. We analyze extensive small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering data, precipitation data, and molecular weight distribution measurements, and show that they all suggest conclusively that asphalts and asphaltenes are fractal aggregates, and their growth mechanisms are diffusion-limited particle (DLP) and diffusion-limited cluster-cluster (DLCC) aggregation processes. These results lead us to development of a scaling equation of state for predicting asphalt precipitation properties, such as its onset and amount of precipitation. Another result of our study is an analytical equation for modeling the molecular weight distribution of asphalt and asphaltene aggregates. In addition, asphalt phase behavior in miscible and immiscible injections is studied. The effect of the governing thermodynamic factors, such as the pressure, temperature, and composition of the oil and precipitation agents, on the asphalt aggregation and disaggregation processes are investigated. Finally, a model is developed to study the flow of an asphalt-containing oil through a reservoir. A large volume of the field data are analyzed for delineating the asphalt precipitation and release mechanisms in the reservoir and the resulting patterns of the permeability alteration.

  17. Teaching Structure: Student Use of Software Tools for Understanding Macromolecular Structure in an Undergraduate Biochemistry Course

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Jaswal, Sheila S.; O'Hara, Patricia B.; Williamson, Patrick L.; Springer, Amy L.

    2013-01-01

    Because understanding the structure of biological macromolecules is critical to understanding their function, students of biochemistry should become familiar not only with viewing, but also with generating and manipulating structural representations. We report a strategy from a one-semester undergraduate biochemistry course to integrate use of…

  18. Macromolecular structures probed by combining single-shot free-electron laser diffraction with synchrotron coherent X-ray imaging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gallagher-Jones, Marcus; Bessho, Yoshitaka; Kim, Sunam; Park, Jaehyun; Kim, Sangsoo; Nam, Daewoong; Kim, Chan; Kim, Yoonhee; Noh, Do Young; Miyashita, Osamu; Tama, Florence; Joti, Yasumasa; Kameshima, Takashi; Hatsui, Takaki; Tono, Kensuke; Kohmura, Yoshiki; Yabashi, Makina; Hasnain, S. Samar; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Song, Changyong

    2014-05-01

    Nanostructures formed from biological macromolecular complexes utilizing the self-assembly properties of smaller building blocks such as DNA and RNA hold promise for many applications, including sensing and drug delivery. New tools are required for their structural characterization. Intense, femtosecond X-ray pulses from X-ray free-electron lasers enable single-shot imaging allowing for instantaneous views of nanostructures at ambient temperatures. When combined judiciously with synchrotron X-rays of a complimentary nature, suitable for observing steady-state features, it is possible to perform ab initio structural investigation. Here we demonstrate a successful combination of femtosecond X-ray single-shot diffraction with an X-ray free-electron laser and coherent diffraction imaging with synchrotron X-rays to provide an insight into the nanostructure formation of a biological macromolecular complex: RNA interference microsponges. This newly introduced multimodal analysis with coherent X-rays can be applied to unveil nano-scale structural motifs from functional nanomaterials or biological nanocomplexes, without requiring a priori knowledge.

  19. Collagen macromolecular drug delivery systems

    SciTech Connect

    Gilbert, D.L.

    1988-01-01

    The objective of this study was to examine collagen for use as a macromolecular drug delivery system by determining the mechanism of release through a matrix. Collagen membranes varying in porosity, crosslinking density, structure and crosslinker were fabricated. Collagen characterized by infrared spectroscopy and solution viscosity was determined to be pure and native. The collagen membranes were determined to possess native vs. non-native quaternary structure and porous vs. dense aggregate membranes by electron microscopy. Collagen monolithic devices containing a model macromolecule (inulin) were fabricated. In vitro release rates were found to be linear with respect to t{sup {1/2}} and were affected by crosslinking density, crosslinker and structure. The biodegradation of the collagen matrix was also examined. In vivo biocompatibility, degradation and {sup 14}C-inulin release rates were evaluated subcutaneously in rats.

  20. Network structure and macromolecular drug release from poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels fabricated via two crosslinking strategies.

    PubMed

    Mawad, Damia; Odell, Ross; Poole-Warren, Laura A

    2009-01-21

    Injectable hydrogels have potential biomedical applications ranging from tissue fillers to drug delivery vehicles. This study focussed on evaluating the structure of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels of variable solid content and high molecular weight model drug release from the networks formed via either conventional photo-polymerization compared with chemical initiation of polymerization using an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction. Swelling behaviour was characterised in water to assess the structural properties. Model drugs, FITC-Dextran, 20 kDa (FD20) and 4 kDa (FD4) were loaded in the hydrogels prior to curing and drug release studies conducted. Redox-cured hydrogels were more swollen than UV-cured systems, lost approximately 20% of their polymer mass compared to only 5% from UV-cured hydrogels and subsequently exhibited networks of larger mesh sizes. Also, networks of variable solid contents showed different structural properties with systems of higher polymer concentration exhibiting a smaller mesh size. The difference in structural properties of the networks affected release of FD20, being faster in redox-cured than UV-cured hydrogels, and slower from systems of higher solid content. Release of FD4 was faster than FD20 from networks of same solid content. This study suggested that PVA hydrogels can be cured by redox-initiation to function as a controlled delivery system for macromolecular drugs. PMID:18809478

  1. Self-consistent treatment of the local dielectric permittivity and electrostatic potential in solution for polarizable macromolecular force fields.

    PubMed

    Hassan, Sergio A

    2012-08-21

    A self-consistent method is presented for the calculation of the local dielectric permittivity and electrostatic potential generated by a solute of arbitrary shape and charge distribution in a polar and polarizable liquid. The structure and dynamics behavior of the liquid at the solute/liquid interface determine the spatial variations of the density and the dielectric response. Emphasis here is on the treatment of the interface. The method is an extension of conventional methods used in continuum protein electrostatics, and can be used to estimate changes in the static dielectric response of the liquid as it adapts to charge redistribution within the solute. This is most relevant in the context of polarizable force fields, during electron structure optimization in quantum chemical calculations, or upon charge transfer. The method is computationally efficient and well suited for code parallelization, and can be used for on-the-fly calculations of the local permittivity in dynamics simulations of systems with large and heterogeneous charge distributions, such as proteins, nucleic acids, and polyelectrolytes. Numerical calculation of the system free energy is discussed for the general case of a liquid with field-dependent dielectric response. PMID:22920098

  2. GRASP2: visualization, surface properties, and electrostatics of macromolecular structures and sequences.

    PubMed

    Petrey, Donald; Honig, Barry

    2003-01-01

    The widespread use of the original version of GRASP revealed the importance of the visualization of physicochemical and structural properties on the molecular surface. This chapter describes a new version of GRASP that contains many new capabilities. In terms of analysis tools, the most notable new features are sequence and structure analysis and alignment tools and the graphical integration of sequence and structural information. Not all the new GRASP2 could be described here and more capabilities are continually being added. An on-line manual, details on obtaining the software, and technical notes about the program and the Troll software library can be found at the Honig laboratory Web site (http://trantor.bioc.columbia.edu). PMID:14696386

  3. Avoidable errors in deposited macromolecular structures: an impediment to efficient data mining

    PubMed Central

    Dauter, Zbigniew; Wlodawer, Alexander; Minor, Wladek; Jaskolski, Mariusz; Rupp, Bernhard

    2014-01-01

    Whereas the vast majority of the more than 85?000 crystal structures of macromolecules currently deposited in the Protein Data Bank are of high quality, some suffer from a variety of imperfections. Although this fact has been pointed out in the past, it is still worth periodic updates so that the metadata obtained by global analysis of the available crystal structures, as well as the utilization of the individual structures for tasks such as drug design, should be based on only the most reliable data. Here, selected abnormal deposited structures have been analysed based on the Bayesian reasoning that the correctness of a model must be judged against both the primary evidence as well as prior knowledge. These structures, as well as information gained from the corresponding publications (if available), have emphasized some of the most prevalent types of common problems. The errors are often perfect illustrations of the nature of human cognition, which is frequently influenced by preconceptions that may lead to fanciful results in the absence of proper validation. Common errors can be traced to negligence and a lack of rigorous verification of the models against electron density, creation of non-parsimonious models, generation of improbable numbers, application of incorrect symmetry, illogical presentation of the results, or violation of the rules of chemistry and physics. Paying more attention to such problems, not only in the final validation stages but during the structure-determination process as well, is necessary not only in order to maintain the highest possible quality of the structural repositories and databases but most of all to provide a solid basis for subsequent studies, including large-scale data-mining projects. For many scientists PDB deposition is a rather infrequent event, so the need for proper training and supervision is emphasized, as well as the need for constant alertness of reason and critical judgment as absolutely necessary safeguarding measures against such problems. Ways of identifying more problematic structures are suggested so that their users may be properly alerted to their possible shortcomings. PMID:25075337

  4. Designs for the self-assembly of open and closed macromolecular structures and a molecular switch using DNA methyltransferases to order proteins on nucleic acid scaffolds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smith, Steven S.

    2002-06-01

    The methyltransferase-directed addressing of fusion proteins to DNA scaffolds offers an approach to the construction of protein/nucleic acid biostructures with potential in a variety of applications. The technology is currently only limited by the yield of high occupancy structures. However, current evidence shows that DNA scaffolds that contain three or four targeted proteins can be reliably constructed. This permits a variety of macromolecular designs, several of which are given in this paper. Designs for open and closed two-dimensional and three-dimensional assemblies and a design for a molecular switch are discussed. The closed two-dimensional assembly takes the form of a square, and could find application as a component of other systems including a macromolecular rotaxane. The closed three-dimensional system takes the form of a trigonal bipyramid and could find application as a macromolecular carcerand. The molecular switch could find application as a peptide biosensor. Guidelines for the construction and structural verification of these designs are reported.

  5. Cooperative macromolecular device revealed by meta-analysis of static and time-resolved structures

    SciTech Connect

    Ren, Zhong; ?rajer, Vukica; Knapp, James E.; Royer, Jr., William E.

    2013-04-08

    Here we present a meta-analysis of a large collection of static structures of a protein in the Protein Data Bank in order to extract the progression of structural events during protein function. We apply this strategy to the homodimeric hemoglobin HbI from Scapharca inaequivalvis. We derive a simple dynamic model describing how binding of the first ligand in one of the two chemically identical subunits facilitates a second binding event in the other partner subunit. The results of our ultrafast time-resolved crystallographic studies support this model. We demonstrate that HbI functions like a homodimeric mechanical device, such as pliers or scissors. Ligand-induced motion originating in one subunit is transmitted to the other via conserved pivot points, where the E and F' helices from two partner subunits are 'bolted' together to form a stable dimer interface permitting slight relative rotation but preventing sliding.

  6. Macromolecular chelation as an improved mechanism of protease inhibition: structure of the ecotin-trypsin complex.

    PubMed Central

    McGrath, M E; Erpel, T; Bystroff, C; Fletterick, R J

    1994-01-01

    The 2.4 A crystal structure (R = 0.180) of the serine protease inhibitor ecotin was determined in a complex with trypsin. Ecotin's dimer structure provides a second discrete and distal binding site for trypsin and, as shown by modelling experiments, other serine proteases. The second site is approximately 45 A from the reactive/active site of the complex and features 13 hydrogen bonds, including six that involve carbonyl oxygen atoms and four bridged by water molecules. Contacts ecotin makes with trypsin's active site are similar to, though more extensive than, those found between trypsin and basic pancreatic trypsin inhibitor. The side chain of ecotin Met84 is found in the substrate binding pocket of trypsin where it makes few contacts, but also does not disrupt the solvent structure or cause misalignment of the scissile bond. This first case of protein dimerization being used to augment binding energy and allow chelation of a target protein provides a new model for protein-protein interactions and for protease inhibition. Images PMID:8156987

  7. Testing of the structure of macromolecular polymer films containing solid active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) particles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bölcskei, É.; Süvegh, K.; Marek, T.; Regdon, G.; Pintye-Hódi, K.

    2011-07-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the structure of free films of Eudragit ® L 30D-55 containing different concentrations (0%, 1% or 5%) of diclofenac sodium by positron annihilation spectroscopy. The data revealed that the size of the free-volume holes and the lifetimes of ortho-positronium atoms decreased with increase of the API concentration. Films containing 5% of the API exhibited a different behavior during storage (17 °C, 65% relative humidity (RH)) in consequence of the uptake of water from the air.

  8. Developing A Bitwise Macromolecular Assembly Simulator

    E-print Network

    Xu, Zaikun

    2014-08-31

    Macromolecular machines play fundamental roles in many cellular tasks, from intracellular transport to protein synthesis and degradation. The majority of these machines must adopt a particular quaternary structure in order to function, and so...

  9. Second law and solution structure

    SciTech Connect

    Elliott, G.R.B.; Conant, D.R.; Houseman, B.L.

    1984-01-01

    This summary paper starts from the fact that activity data are now published that give positive proof of the Second Law, i.e., highly precise experimental data show forms that would not occur unless the law held. Such positive proof contrasts with the essentially negative approach that violations of the law have not been demonstrated or with what Bridgman emphasized as an economic law controlling chemistry, i.e., that you can't get something for nothing. In view of those activity data, we intend that all our present discussion shall be consistent with the Second Law. The paper deals with precise experimental data from nonrandom solutions and with our views as to (a) how the data should be taken and (b) how thermodynamics should be applied to such solutions, both solid and liquid. It deals with effects from numerous phenomena: nonstoichiometry and superlattices in solids; solid-like structures in liquids; metastability; hysteresis; persistent lattice stresses or slow diffusion; anomalies associated with one-component equilibrium in two-component systems; EMF changes caused by metal solubility in molten salts and the resultant mixed-valence electrolytes; and exchange reactions and electronic conduction in EMF cells. Proper plots for evaluating experimental data are considered. Effects of structure on partial molal entropies and enthalpies are discussed in relation to general behavioral trends of random solutions. For example, effects of solution ordering frequently look like fine structure imposed on the trends described by regular-solution theory (with its random-solution assumption).

  10. Visualizing Macromolecular Complexes with In Situ Liquid Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Evans, James E.; Jungjohann, K. L.; Wong, Peony C. K.; Chiu, Po-Lin; Dutrow, Gavin H.; Arslan, Ilke; Browning, Nigel D.

    2012-11-01

    A central focus of biological research is understanding the structure/function relationship of macromolecular protein complexes. Yet conventional transmission electron microscopy techniques are limited to static observations. Here we present the first direct images of purified macromolecular protein complexes using in situ liquid scanning transmission electron microscopy. Our results establish the capability of this technique for visualizing the interface between biology and nanotechnology with high fidelity while also probing the interactions of biomolecules within solution. This method represents an important advancement towards allowing future high-resolution observations of biological processes and conformational dynamics in real-time.

  11. What Macromolecular Crowding Can Do to a Protein

    PubMed Central

    Kuznetsova, Irina M.; Turoverov, Konstantin K.; Uversky, Vladimir N.

    2014-01-01

    The intracellular environment represents an extremely crowded milieu, with a limited amount of free water and an almost complete lack of unoccupied space. Obviously, slightly salted aqueous solutions containing low concentrations of a biomolecule of interest are too simplistic to mimic the “real life” situation, where the biomolecule of interest scrambles and wades through the tightly packed crowd. In laboratory practice, such macromolecular crowding is typically mimicked by concentrated solutions of various polymers that serve as model “crowding agents”. Studies under these conditions revealed that macromolecular crowding might affect protein structure, folding, shape, conformational stability, binding of small molecules, enzymatic activity, protein-protein interactions, protein-nucleic acid interactions, and pathological aggregation. The goal of this review is to systematically analyze currently available experimental data on the variety of effects of macromolecular crowding on a protein molecule. The review covers more than 320 papers and therefore represents one of the most comprehensive compendia of the current knowledge in this exciting area. PMID:25514413

  12. Continuous mutual improvement of macromolecular structure models in the PDB and of X-ray crystallographic software: the dual role of deposited experimental data

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bricogne, Gerard

    2014-10-01

    Macromolecular structures deposited in the PDB can and should be continually reinterpreted and improved on the basis of their accompanying experimental X-ray data, exploiting the steady progress in methods and software that the deposition of such data into the PDB on a massive scale has made possible. Accurate crystal structures of macromolecules are of high importance in the biological and biomedical fields. Models of crystal structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) are in general of very high quality as deposited. However, methods for obtaining the best model of a macromolecular structure from a given set of experimental X-ray data continue to progress at a rapid pace, making it possible to improve most PDB entries after their deposition by re-analyzing the original deposited data with more recent software. This possibility represents a very significant departure from the situation that prevailed when the PDB was created, when it was envisioned as a cumulative repository of static contents. A radical paradigm shift for the PDB is therefore proposed, away from the static archive model towards a much more dynamic body of continuously improving results in symbiosis with continuously improving methods and software. These simultaneous improvements in methods and final results are made possible by the current deposition of processed crystallographic data (structure-factor amplitudes) and will be supported further by the deposition of raw data (diffraction images). It is argued that it is both desirable and feasible to carry out small-scale and large-scale efforts to make this paradigm shift a reality. Small-scale efforts would focus on optimizing structures that are of interest to specific investigators. Large-scale efforts would undertake a systematic re-optimization of all of the structures in the PDB, or alternatively the redetermination of groups of structures that are either related to or focused on specific questions. All of the resulting structures should be made generally available, along with the precursor entries, with various views of the structures being made available depending on the types of questions that users are interested in answering.

  13. Continuous mutual improvement of macromolecular structure models in the PDB and of X-ray crystallographic software: the dual role of deposited experimental data

    PubMed Central

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bricogne, Gerard

    2014-01-01

    Accurate crystal structures of macromolecules are of high importance in the biological and biomedical fields. Models of crystal structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) are in general of very high quality as deposited. However, methods for obtaining the best model of a macromolecular structure from a given set of experimental X-ray data continue to progress at a rapid pace, making it possible to improve most PDB entries after their deposition by re-analyzing the original deposited data with more recent software. This possibility represents a very significant departure from the situation that prevailed when the PDB was created, when it was envisioned as a cumulative repository of static contents. A radical paradigm shift for the PDB is therefore proposed, away from the static archive model towards a much more dynamic body of continuously improving results in symbiosis with continuously improving methods and software. These simultaneous improvements in methods and final results are made possible by the current deposition of processed crystallographic data (structure-factor amplitudes) and will be supported further by the deposition of raw data (diffraction images). It is argued that it is both desirable and feasible to carry out small-scale and large-scale efforts to make this paradigm shift a reality. Small-scale efforts would focus on optimizing structures that are of interest to specific investigators. Large-scale efforts would undertake a systematic re-optimization of all of the structures in the PDB, or alternatively the redetermination of groups of structures that are either related to or focused on specific questions. All of the resulting structures should be made generally available, along with the precursor entries, with various views of the structures being made available depending on the types of questions that users are interested in answering. PMID:25286839

  14. Continuous mutual improvement of macromolecular structure models in the PDB and of X-ray crystallographic software: The dual role of deposited experimental data

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bricogne, Gerard

    2014-09-30

    Accurate crystal structures of macromolecules are of high importance in the biological and biomedical fields. Models of crystal structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) are in general of very high quality as deposited. However, methods for obtaining the best model of a macromolecular structure from a given set of experimental X-ray data continue to progress at a rapid pace, making it possible to improve most PDB entries after their deposition by re-analyzing the original deposited data with more recent software. This possibility represents a very significant departure from the situation that prevailed when the PDB was created, when it was envisioned as a cumulative repository of static contents. A radical paradigm shift for the PDB is therefore proposed, away from the static archive model towards a much more dynamic body of continuously improving results in symbiosis with continuously improving methods and software. These simultaneous improvements in methods and final results are made possible by the current deposition of processed crystallographic data (structure-factor amplitudes) and will be supported further by the deposition of raw data (diffraction images). It is argued that it is both desirable and feasible to carry out small-scale and large-scale efforts to make this paradigm shift a reality. Small-scale efforts would focus on optimizing structures that are of interest to specific investigators. Large-scale efforts would undertake a systematic re-optimization of all of the structures in the PDB, or alternatively the redetermination of groups of structures that are either related to or focused on specific questions. All of the resulting structures should be made generally available, along with the precursor entries, with various views of the structures being made available depending on the types of questions that users are interested in answering.

  15. Continuous mutual improvement of macromolecular structure models in the PDB and of X-ray crystallographic software: The dual role of deposited experimental data

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bricogne, Gerard

    2014-09-30

    Accurate crystal structures of macromolecules are of high importance in the biological and biomedical fields. Models of crystal structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) are in general of very high quality as deposited. However, methods for obtaining the best model of a macromolecular structure from a given set of experimental X-ray data continue to progress at a rapid pace, making it possible to improve most PDB entries after their deposition by re-analyzing the original deposited data with more recent software. This possibility represents a very significant departure from the situation that prevailed when the PDB was created, when itmore »was envisioned as a cumulative repository of static contents. A radical paradigm shift for the PDB is therefore proposed, away from the static archive model towards a much more dynamic body of continuously improving results in symbiosis with continuously improving methods and software. These simultaneous improvements in methods and final results are made possible by the current deposition of processed crystallographic data (structure-factor amplitudes) and will be supported further by the deposition of raw data (diffraction images). It is argued that it is both desirable and feasible to carry out small-scale and large-scale efforts to make this paradigm shift a reality. Small-scale efforts would focus on optimizing structures that are of interest to specific investigators. Large-scale efforts would undertake a systematic re-optimization of all of the structures in the PDB, or alternatively the redetermination of groups of structures that are either related to or focused on specific questions. All of the resulting structures should be made generally available, along with the precursor entries, with various views of the structures being made available depending on the types of questions that users are interested in answering.« less

  16. The design of macromolecular crystallography diffraction experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Evans, Gwyndaf Axford, Danny; Owen, Robin L.

    2011-04-01

    Thoughts about the decisions made in designing macromolecular X-ray crystallography experiments at synchrotron beamlines are presented. The measurement of X-ray diffraction data from macromolecular crystals for the purpose of structure determination is the convergence of two processes: the preparation of diffraction-quality crystal samples on the one hand and the construction and optimization of an X-ray beamline and end station on the other. Like sample preparation, a macromolecular crystallography beamline is geared to obtaining the best possible diffraction measurements from crystals provided by the synchrotron user. This paper describes the thoughts behind an experiment that fully exploits both the sample and the beamline and how these map into everyday decisions that users can and should make when visiting a beamline with their most precious crystals.

  17. Fractionation and characterization of soy ?-conglycinin-dextran conjugates via macromolecular crowding environment and dry heating.

    PubMed

    Weng, Jingyi; Qi, Junru; Yin, Shouwei; Wang, Jinmei; Guo, Jian; Feng, Jilu; Liu, Qianru; Zhu, Jianhua; Yang, Xiaoquan

    2016-04-01

    Conjugates of ?-conglycinin and dextran were prepared by heating in solution under macromolecular crowding environment and dry-heating methods, and then fractionated by solubility at pH 4.8 and pH 6.5 and characterized. The results showed that the degree of glycation of the conjugates extracted from pH 4.8 were higher than the conjugates extracted from pH 6.5. Corresponding to the higher degree of glycation, it was supposed that the ?-conglycinin of groups 4.8 of macromolecular crowding environment was completely surrounded by the dextran molecular while that of groups 6.5 were encircled partially with a lower degree of glycation. Compared to ?-conglycinin, groups 4.8 demonstrated a decreasing surface hydrophobicity and sulfhydryl group content while groups 6.5 increased. The secondary structure of ?-conglycinin soluble at pH 4.8 after conjugating under macromolecular crowding environment tended to stretch out and the highly ordered structure turn to random structures. The differences between the extraction of pH 4.8 and pH 6.5 conjugated by dry-heating methods were not as remarkable as the difference between the extraction conjugated by macromolecular crowding environment. PMID:26593615

  18. Structure of supersaturated zincate solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Dmitrenko, V.E.; Balyakina, N.N.; Baulov, V.I.; Kotov, A.V.; Zubov, M.S.

    1985-09-01

    During the discharge of chemical power sources with zinc electrodes, supersaturated zincate solution (SZS) is formed from which zinc oxide or hydroxide precipitates as a function of time. The deposit detracts from the functioning of these power sources. In view of the model suggested for the structure of SZS, it is expected that a stabilizing effect would be exerted on SZS by compounds having proton-donating groups which do not give off the protons in the strongly alkaline medium and are not discharged in this medium. For a check of this, the authors chose to use xylitol and molasses in their experiments. The SZS were produced with a mock-up silver-zinc battery using the procedure previously described.

  19. Automated macromolecular crystallization screening

    DOEpatents

    Segelke, Brent W.; Rupp, Bernhard; Krupka, Heike I.

    2005-03-01

    An automated macromolecular crystallization screening system wherein a multiplicity of reagent mixes are produced. A multiplicity of analysis plates is produced utilizing the reagent mixes combined with a sample. The analysis plates are incubated to promote growth of crystals. Images of the crystals are made. The images are analyzed with regard to suitability of the crystals for analysis by x-ray crystallography. A design of reagent mixes is produced based upon the expected suitability of the crystals for analysis by x-ray crystallography. A second multiplicity of mixes of the reagent components is produced utilizing the design and a second multiplicity of reagent mixes is used for a second round of automated macromolecular crystallization screening. In one embodiment the multiplicity of reagent mixes are produced by a random selection of reagent components.

  20. Practical macromolecular cryocrystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Pflugrath, J. W.

    2015-05-27

    Current methods, reagents and experimental hardware for successfully and reproducibly flash-cooling macromolecular crystals to cryogenic temperatures for X-ray diffraction data collection are reviewed. Cryocrystallography is an indispensable technique that is routinely used for single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collection at temperatures near 100 K, where radiation damage is mitigated. Modern procedures and tools to cryoprotect and rapidly cool macromolecular crystals with a significant solvent fraction to below the glass-transition phase of water are reviewed. Reagents and methods to help prevent the stresses that damage crystals when flash-cooling are described. A method of using isopentane to assess whether cryogenic temperatures have been preserved when dismounting screened crystals is also presented.

  1. Clustering procedures for the optimal selection of data sets from multiple crystals in macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Foadi, James; Aller, Pierre; Alguel, Yilmaz; Cameron, Alex; Axford, Danny; Owen, Robin L.; Armour, Wes; Waterman, David G.; Iwata, So; Evans, Gwyndaf

    2013-08-01

    A systematic approach to the scaling and merging of data from multiple crystals in macromolecular crystallography is introduced and explained. The availability of intense microbeam macromolecular crystallography beamlines at third-generation synchrotron sources has enabled data collection and structure solution from microcrystals of <10 µm in size. The increased likelihood of severe radiation damage where microcrystals or particularly sensitive crystals are used forces crystallographers to acquire large numbers of data sets from many crystals of the same protein structure. The associated analysis and merging of multi-crystal data is currently a manual and time-consuming step. Here, a computer program, BLEND, that has been written to assist with and automate many of the steps in this process is described. It is demonstrated how BLEND has successfully been used in the solution of a novel membrane protein.

  2. Macromolecular bases of antischistosomal therapy.

    PubMed

    Angelucci, Francesco; Miele, Adriana Erica; Boumis, Giovanna; Brunori, Maurizio; Dimastrogiovanni, Daniela; Bellelli, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a widespread tropical parasitic disease, currently treated with Praziquantel, whose precise molecular target is actually unknown. Several other drugs are known to kill the schistosomes in vivo and in vitro, but these are seldom employed because of toxicity, high cost, complex administration or other reasons. The improvement of known drugs or the development of entirely new ones is a desirable goal, in view of the fact that strains of Schistosoma mansoni with reduced sensitivity to Praziquantel have appeared. In this review, we tried to collect the information available on known or putative macromolecular targets of schistosomicidal drugs; thus we focused on the biochemistry of the parasite, rather than the clinical properties of the drugs. The rationale of this approach is that drug design may become realistic if the mechanism of action of each known drug were known at atomic detail, ideally as the 3D structure of each drug in complex with its target. Important macromolecular targets of known drugs reviewed below are: Thioredoxin Glutathione Reductase; Cyclophilin; Acetyl Cholinesterase; Proteases and Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase. Moreover, a few enzymes of the parasite are known, or thought, to be "druggable", and therefore interesting, even though no specific drugs are available as yet: examples of such enzymes are Glutathione Peroxidase and Peroxiredoxins. PMID:21619508

  3. Practical macromolecular cryocrystallography

    PubMed Central

    Pflugrath, J. W.

    2015-01-01

    Cryocrystallography is an indispensable technique that is routinely used for single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collection at temperatures near 100?K, where radiation damage is mitigated. Modern procedures and tools to cryoprotect and rapidly cool macromolecular crystals with a significant solvent fraction to below the glass-transition phase of water are reviewed. Reagents and methods to help prevent the stresses that damage crystals when flash-cooling are described. A method of using isopentane to assess whether cryogenic temperatures have been preserved when dismounting screened crystals is also presented. PMID:26057787

  4. Microgravity and Macromolecular Crystallography

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kundrot, Craig E.; Judge, Russell A.; Pusey, Marc L.; Snell, Edward H.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Macromolecular crystal growth has been seen as an ideal experiment to make use of the reduced acceleration environment provided by an orbiting spacecraft. The experiments are small, simply operated and have a high potential scientific and economic impact. In this review we examine the theoretical reasons why microgravity should be a beneficial environment for crystal growth and survey the history of experiments on the Space Shuttle Orbiter, on unmanned spacecraft, and on the Mir space station. Finally we outline the direction for optimizing the future use of orbiting platforms.

  5. Practical macromolecular cryocrystallography.

    PubMed

    Pflugrath, J W

    2015-06-01

    Cryocrystallography is an indispensable technique that is routinely used for single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collection at temperatures near 100 K, where radiation damage is mitigated. Modern procedures and tools to cryoprotect and rapidly cool macromolecular crystals with a significant solvent fraction to below the glass-transition phase of water are reviewed. Reagents and methods to help prevent the stresses that damage crystals when flash-cooling are described. A method of using isopentane to assess whether cryogenic temperatures have been preserved when dismounting screened crystals is also presented. PMID:26057787

  6. Using NMR to Determine Protein Structure in Solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cavagnero, Silvia

    2003-02-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a marvelous spectroscopic technique that chemists, physicists, and biochemists routinely employ for their research around the world. This year half of the Nobel Prize for chemistry went to Kurt Wüthrich, who was recognized for the development of NMR-based techniques that lead to the structure determination of biomolecules in solution. In addition to implementing novel pulse sequences and software packages, Wüthrich also applied his methods to several biological systems of key importance to human health. These include the prion protein, which is heavily involved in the spongiform encephalopathy (best known as 'mad cow disease'), which recently caused numerous human deaths, particularly in the UK, due to ingestion of contaminated meat. Transverse relaxation optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) is the most intriguing new NMR method recently developed by Wüthrich and coworkers. This and other closely related pulse sequences promise to play a pivotal role in the extension of NMR to the conformational analysis of very large (up to the megadalton range) macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. More exciting new developments are expected in the near future.

  7. Local Kinetic Measures of Macromolecular Structure Reveal Partitioning Among Multiple Parallel Pathways from the Earliest Steps in the Folding of a Large RNA Molecule

    SciTech Connect

    Laederach,A.; Shcherbakova, I.; Liang, M.; Brenowitz, M.; Altman, R.

    2006-01-01

    At the heart of the RNA folding problem is the number, structures, and relationships among the intermediates that populate the folding pathways of most large RNA molecules. Unique insight into the structural dynamics of these intermediates can be gleaned from the time-dependent changes in local probes of macromolecular conformation (e.g. reports on individual nucleotide solvent accessibility offered by hydroxyl radical ({center_dot}OH) footprinting). Local measures distributed around a macromolecule individually illuminate the ensemble of separate changes that constitute a folding reaction. Folding pathway reconstruction from a multitude of these individual measures is daunting due to the combinatorial explosion of possible kinetic models as the number of independent local measures increases. Fortunately, clustering of time progress curves sufficiently reduces the dimensionality of the data so as to make reconstruction computationally tractable. The most likely folding topology and intermediates can then be identified by exhaustively enumerating all possible kinetic models on a super-computer grid. The folding pathways and measures of the relative flux through them were determined for Mg{sup 2+} and Na{sup +}-mediated folding of the Tetrahymena thermophila group I intron using this combined experimental and computational approach. The flux during Mg{sup 2+}-mediated folding is divided among numerous parallel pathways. In contrast, the flux during the Na{sup +}-mediated reaction is predominantly restricted through three pathways, one of which is without detectable passage through intermediates. Under both conditions, the folding reaction is highly parallel with no single pathway accounting for more than 50% of the molecular flux. This suggests that RNA folding is non-sequential under a variety of different experimental conditions even at the earliest stages of folding. This study provides a template for the systematic analysis of the time-evolution of RNA structure from ensembles of local measures that will illuminate the chemical and physical characteristics of each step in the process. The applicability of this analysis approach to other macromolecules is discussed.

  8. RECENT ADVANCES IN MACROMOLECULAR HYDRODYNAMIC MODELING

    PubMed Central

    Aragon, Sergio R.

    2010-01-01

    The modern implementation of the boundary element method (S.R. Aragon, J. Comput. Chem. 25(2004)1191–12055) has ushered unprecedented accuracy and precision for the solution of the Stokes equations of hydrodynamics with stick boundary conditions. This article begins by reviewing computations with the program BEST of smooth surface objects such as ellipsoids, the dumbbell, and cylinders that demonstrate that the numerical solution of the integral equation formulation of hydrodynamics yields very high precision and accuracy. When BEST is used for macromolecular computations, the limiting factor becomes the definition of the molecular hydrodynamic surface and the implied effective solvation of the molecular surface. Studies on 49 different proteins, ranging in molecular weight from 9 to over 400 kDa, have shown that a model using a 1.1 A thick hydration layer describes all protein transport properties very well for the overwhelming majority of them. In addition, this data implies that the crystal structure is an excellent representation of the average solution structure for most of them. In order to investigate the origin of a handful of significant discrepancies in some multimeric proteins (over ?20% observed in the intrinsic viscosity), the technique of Molecular Dynamics simulation (MD) has been incorporated into the research program. A preliminary study of dimeric ?-chymotrypsin using approximate implicit water MD is presented. In addition I describe the successful validation of modern protein force fields, ff03 and ff99SB, for the accurate computation of solution structure in explicit water simulation by comparison of trajectory ensemble average computed transport properties with experimental measurements. This work includes small proteins such as lysozyme, ribonuclease and ubiquitin using trajectories around 10 ns duration. We have also studied a 150 kDa flexible monoclonal IgG antibody, trastuzumab, with multiple independent trajectories encompassing over 320 ns of simulation. The close agreement within experimental error of the computed and measured properties allows us to conclude that MD does produce structures typical of those in solution, and that flexible molecules can be properly described using the method of ensemble averaging over a trajectory. We review similar work on the study of a transfer RNA molecule and DNA oligomers that demonstrate that within 3% a simple uniform hydration model 1.1 A thick provides agreement with experiment for these nucleic acids. In the case of linear oligomers, the precision can be improved close to 1% by a non-uniform hydration model that hydrates mainly in the DNA grooves, in agreement with high resolution x-ray diffraction. We conclude with a vista on planned improvements for the BEST program to decrease its memory requirements and increase its speed without sacrificing accuracy. PMID:21073955

  9. Macromolecular Crystallization in Microfluidics for the International Space Station

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Monaco, Lisa A.; Spearing, Scott

    2003-01-01

    At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Iterative Biological Crystallization (IBC) project has begun development on scientific hardware for macromolecular crystallization on the International Space Station (ISS). Currently ISS crystallization research is limited to solution recipes that were prepared on the ground prior to launch. The proposed hardware will conduct solution mixing and dispensing on board the ISS, be fully automated, and have imaging functions via remote commanding from the ground. Utilizing microfluidic technology, IBC will allow for on orbit iterations. The microfluidics LabChip(R) devices that have been developed, along with Caliper Technologies, will greatly benefit researchers by allowing for precise fluid handling of nano/pico liter sized volumes. IBC will maximize the amount of science return by utilizing the microfluidic approach and be a valuable tool to structural biologists investigating medically relevant projects.

  10. Significance of wall structure, macromolecular composition, and surface polymers to the survival and transport of Cryptosporidium parvum Oocysts

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The structure and composition of the oocyst wall are primary factors determining the survival of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts outside the host. An external polymer matrix (glycocalyx) may mediate interactions with environmental surfaces and, thus, affect the transport of oocysts in water, soil, an...

  11. Significance of wall structure, macromolecular composition, and surface polymers to the survival and transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts.

    PubMed

    Jenkins, Michael B; Eaglesham, Barbara S; Anthony, Larry C; Kachlany, Scott C; Bowman, Dwight D; Ghiorse, William C

    2010-03-01

    The structure and composition of the oocyst wall are primary factors determining the survival and hydrologic transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts outside the host. Microscopic and biochemical analyses of whole oocysts and purified oocyst walls were undertaken to better understand the inactivation kinetics and hydrologic transport of oocysts in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Results of microscopy showed an outer electron-dense layer, a translucent middle layer, two inner electron-dense layers, and a suture structure embedded in the inner electron-dense layers. Freeze-substitution showed an expanded glycocalyx layer external to the outer bilayer, and Alcian Blue staining confirmed its presence on some but not all oocysts. Biochemical analyses of purified oocyst walls revealed carbohydrate components, medium- and long-chain fatty acids, and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Purified walls contained 7.5% total protein (by the Lowry assay), with five major bands in SDS-PAGE gels. Staining of purified oocyst walls with magnesium anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic acid indicated the presence of hydrophobic proteins. These structural and biochemical analyses support a model of the oocyst wall that is variably impermeable and resistant to many environmental pressures. The strength and flexibility of oocyst walls appear to depend on an inner layer of glycoprotein. The temperature-dependent permeability of oocyst walls may be associated with waxy hydrocarbons in the electron-translucent layer. The complex chemistry of these layers may explain the known acid-fast staining properties of oocysts, as well as some of the survival characteristics of oocysts in terrestrial and aquatic environments. The outer glycocalyx surface layer provides immunogenicity and attachment possibilities, and its ephemeral nature may explain the variable surface properties noted in oocyst hydrologic transport studies. PMID:20097810

  12. Role of macromolecular crowding and salt ions on the structural-fluctuation of a highly compact configuration of carbonmonoxycytochrome c.

    PubMed

    Kumar, Rajesh; Sharma, Deepak; Jain, Rishu; Kumar, Sandeep; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-12-01

    Carbonmonoxycytochrome c refolds to a native-like compact state (NCO-state), where the non-native Fe(2+)-CO interaction persists. Structural and molecular properties extracted from CD, fluorescence and NMR experiments reveal that the NCO-state shows the generic properties of molten globules. Slow thermal-dissociation of CO transforms the NCO-state to native-state (N-state), where the native Fe(2+)-M80 bond recovers. To determine the role of crowding agents and salt ions on the structural-fluctuation of NCO, the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for CO-dissociation from NCO (NCO?N+CO) were measured at varying concentrations of crowding agents (dextran 70, dextran 40, ficoll 70) and salt ions (anion: ClO4(-), I(-), Br(-), NO3(-), Cl(-); cation: NH4(+), K(+), Na(+)). As [crowding agent] or [ion] is increased, the rate coefficient of CO-dissociation (kdiss) decreases exponentially. Furthermore, the extent of decrease in kdiss is found to be dependent on (i) size, charge density and charge dispersion of the ion, and (ii) size, shape, and viscosity of the crowding agent. PMID:26386654

  13. Macromolecular crystal growing system

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Snyder, Robert S. (inventor); Herren, Blair J. (inventor); Carter, Daniel C. (inventor); Yost, Vaughn H. (inventor); Bugg, Charles E. (inventor); Delucas, Lawrence J. (inventor); Suddath, Fred L. (inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A macromolecular crystal growing system especially designed for growing crystals in the low gravity of space as well as the gravity of earth includes at least one tray assembly, a carrier assembly which receives the tray, and a refrigeration-incubation module in which the carrier assembly is received. The tray assembly includes a plurality of sealed chambers with a plastic syringe and a plug means for the double tip of the syringe provided therein. Ganging mechanisms operate the syringes and plugs simultaneously in a precise and smooth operation. Preferably, the tray assemblies are mounted on ball bearing slides for smooth operation in inserting and removing the tray assemblies into the carrier assembly. The plugging mechanism also includes a loading control mechanism. A mechanism for leaving a syringe unplugged is also provided.

  14. Workshop on algorithms for macromolecular modeling. Final project report, June 1, 1994--May 31, 1995

    SciTech Connect

    Leimkuhler, B.; Hermans, J.; Skeel, R.D.

    1995-07-01

    A workshop was held on algorithms and parallel implementations for macromolecular dynamics, protein folding, and structural refinement. This document contains abstracts and brief reports from that workshop.

  15. Mechanisms, kinetics, impurities and defects: consequences in macromolecular crystallization.

    PubMed

    McPherson, Alexander; Kuznetsov, Yurii G

    2014-04-01

    The nucleation and growth of protein, nucleic acid and virus crystals from solution are functions of underlying kinetic and thermodynamic parameters that govern the process, and these are all supersaturation-dependent. While the mechanisms of macromolecular crystal growth are essentially the same as for conventional crystals, the underlying parameters are vastly different, in some cases orders of magnitude lower, and this produces very different crystallization processes. Numerous physical features of macromolecular crystals are of serious interest to X-ray diffractionists; the resolution limit and mosaicity, for example, reflect the degree of molecular and lattice order. The defect structure of crystals has an impact on their response to flash-cooling, and terminal crystal size is dependent on impurity absorption and incorporation. The variety and extent of these issues are further unique to crystals of biological macromolecules. All of these features are amenable to study using atomic force microscopy, which provides direct images at the nanoscale level. Some of those images are presented here. PMID:24699728

  16. Global molecular structure and interfaces : refining an RNA : RNA complex structure using solution x-ray scattering data.

    SciTech Connect

    Zuo, X.; Wang, J.; Foster, T. R.; Schwieters, C. D.; Tiede, D. M.; Butcher, S. E.; Wang, Y.-X.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; NCI-Frederick; Univ. of Wisconin at Madison; NIH

    2008-03-19

    Determining the global architecture of multicomponent systems is a central problem in understanding biomacromolecular machines. Defining interfaces among components and the global structure of multicomponent systems is a central problem in understanding the biological interactions on a molecular level. We demonstrate that solution X-ray scattering data can be used to precisely determine intermolecular interfaces from just the subunit structures, in the complete absence of intermolecular NMR restraints using an example of a 30 kDa RNA-RNA complex. The backbone root-mean-square deviation (rmsd) between structures that are determined using the scattering data and using intermolecular distance restraints is about 0.4 {angstrom}. Further, we refined the global structure of the complex using scattering data as a global restraint. The rmsd in backbone structures that are determined with and without the scattering data refinement is about 3.2 {angstrom}, suggesting the impact of the refinement to the overall structure. Information about the 'global correctness' of solution RNA structures could not be practically obtained otherwise, due to the molecular nature of the RNA molecules, but could only be defined by the scattering data together by residual dipolar couplings. This method provides a powerful new approach for refining global structures of macromolecular complexes whose subunits are elongated.

  17. Vacuum structure around identity based solutions

    E-print Network

    Isao Kishimoto; Tomohiko Takahashi

    2009-10-16

    We explore vacuum structure in bosonic open string field theory expanded around an identity based solution parameterized by $a$ (>= -1/2). Analyzing the expanded theory by using level truncation approximation up to level 14, we find that the theory has a stable vacuum solution for $a$>-1/2. The vacuum energy and the gauge invariant overlap numerically approach those of the tachyon vacuum solution with increasing truncation level. Also we find that, at $a$=-1/2, there exists an unstable vacuum solution in the expanded theory and it rapidly becomes the trivial zero configuration just above $a$=-1/2. The numerical behavior of the two gauge invariants suggests that the unstable solution corresponds to the perturbative open string vacuum. These results reasonably support the expectation that the identity based solution is a trivial pure gauge configuration for $a$>-1/2, but it can be regarded as the tachyon vacuum solution at $a$=-1/2.

  18. Solution Structures of Poly(3-alkylthiophene)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, Kaikun; Huang, Liwei; Ch Das, Narayan; Wang, Howard

    2011-03-01

    Small angle neutron scattering has been used to understand the solution structure of regioregular and regiorandom alkyl-derived polythiophenes, with alkyl side groups varying from 4 to 10 carbons. While poly(3-octylethiophene) (P3OT) remain coil conformations in solution, poly(3-butylthiophene) (P3BT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) form gel networks. However, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) forms rod-like aggregates over large length scales. At elevated temperatures, all structures dissolve to coil solutions. A temperature dependent study shows that the aggregates (coils, rods and gels) are thermally reversible. The solution structure is reflected in the morphology of as-prepared films cast from the same P3HT solution stored for various time. In general, roughness and large rod-like features in as-cast films increase with storage time. Those long 1D aggregates may form in solution and is responsible for the eventual gelation of P3HT solution, render it useless for casting films for applications. NSF CMMI -0928865.

  19. A database of macromolecular motions.

    PubMed Central

    Gerstein, M; Krebs, W

    1998-01-01

    We describe a database of macromolecular motions meant to be of general use to the structural community. The database, which is accessible on the World Wide Web with an entry point at http://bioinfo.mbb.yale.edu/MolMovDB , attempts to systematize all instances of protein and nucleic acid movement for which there is at least some structural information. At present it contains >120 motions, most of which are of proteins. Protein motions are further classified hierarchically into a limited number of categories, first on the basis of size (distinguishing between fragment, domain and subunit motions) and then on the basis of packing. Our packing classification divides motions into various categories (shear, hinge, other) depending on whether or not they involve sliding over a continuously maintained and tightly packed interface. In addition, the database provides some indication about the evidence behind each motion (i.e. the type of experimental information or whether the motion is inferred based on structural similarity) and attempts to describe many aspects of a motion in terms of a standardized nomenclature (e.g. the maximum rotation, the residue selection of a fixed core, etc.). Currently, we use a standard relational design to implement the database. However, the complexity and heterogeneity of the information kept in the database makes it an ideal application for an object-relational approach, and we are moving it in this direction. Specifically, in terms of storing complex information, the database contains plausible representations for motion pathways, derived from restrained 3D interpolation between known endpoint conformations. These pathways can be viewed in a variety of movie formats, and the database is associated with a server that can automatically generate these movies from submitted coordinates. PMID:9722650

  20. Modelling prior distributions of atoms for macromolecular refinement and completion.

    PubMed

    Roversi, P; Blanc, E; Vonrhein, C; Evans, G; Bricogne, G

    2000-10-01

    Until modelling is complete, macromolecular structures are refined in the absence of a model for some of the atoms in the crystal. Techniques for defining positional probability distributions of atoms, and using them to model the missing part of a macromolecular crystal structure and the bulk solvent, are described. The starting information may consist of either a tentative structural model for the missing atoms or an electron-density map. During structure completion and refinement, the use of probability distributions enables the retention of low-resolution phase information while avoiding premature commitment to uncertain higher resolution features. Homographic exponential modelling is proposed as a flexible, compact and robust parametrization that proves to be superior to a traditional Fourier expansion in approximating a model protein envelope. The homographic exponential model also has potential applications to ab initio phasing of Fourier amplitudes associated with macromolecular envelopes. PMID:10998628

  1. The growth of filaments under macromolecular confinement using scaling theory.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Lin; Pan, Wei; Lu, Xi; Li, Desheng; Zhao, Jiang; Liang, Dehai

    2015-11-14

    Quantitatively describing macromolecular confinement is still a challenge. Using the assembly of DNA tiles in a polyacrylamide network as a model, we studied the effect of macromolecular confinement on the growth of the filament by scaling theory. The results show that the confinement regulates the morphology, the initial growth rate v, and the eventual length of the filament Nm. The initial growth rate is dependent on the medium viscosity ? as ???(-0.94), and the filament adjusts its length in the given confined space as Nm? (?/Rg)(1.8), with ? being the mesh size of the polyacrylamide solution and Rg being the radius of gyration of polyacrylamide. PMID:26377744

  2. Transmucosal macromolecular drug delivery.

    PubMed

    Prego, C; García, M; Torres, D; Alonso, M J

    2005-01-01

    Mucosal surfaces are the most common and convenient routes for delivering drugs to the body. However, macromolecular drugs such as peptides and proteins are unable to overcome the mucosal barriers and/or are degraded before reaching the blood stream. Among the approaches explored so far in order to optimize the transport of these macromolecules across mucosal barriers, the use of nanoparticulate carriers represents a challenging but promising strategy. The present paper aims to compare the characteristics and potential of nanostructures based on the mucoadhesive polysaccharide chitosan (CS). These are CS nanoparticles, CS-coated oil nanodroplets (nanocapsules) and CS-coated lipid nanoparticles. The characteristics and behavior of CS nanoparticles and CS-coated lipid nanoparticles already reported [A. Vila, A. Sanchez, M. Tobio, P. Calvo, M.J. Alonso, Design of biodegradable particles for protein delivery, J. Control. Rel. 78 (2002) 15-24; R. Fernandez-Urrusuno, P. Calvo, C. Remunan-Lopez, J.L. Vila-Jato, M.J. Alonso, Enhancement of nasal absorption of insulin using chitosan nanoparticles, Pharm. Res. 16 (1999) 1576-1581; M. Garcia-Fuentes, D. Torres, M.J. Alonso, New surface-modified lipid nanoparticles as delivery vehicles for salmon calcitonin (submitted for publication).] are compared with those of CS nanocapsules originally reported here. The three types of systems have a size in the nanometer range and a positive zeta potential that was attributed to the presence of CS on their surface. They showed an important capacity for the association of peptides such as insulin, salmon calcitonin and proteins, such as tetanus toxoid. Their mechanism of interaction with epithelia was investigated using the Caco-2 model cell line. The results showed that CS-coated systems caused a concentration-dependent reduction in the transepithelial resistance of the cell monolayer. Moreover, within the range of concentrations investigated, these systems were internalized in the monolayer in a concentration-dependent manner. This uptake was slightly enhanced by the presence of the CS coating but, as compared with previously published results [M. Garcia-Fuentes, C. Prego, D. Torres, M.J. Alonso, Triglyceride-chitosan nanostructures for oral calcitonin delivery: evaluation in the Caco-2 cell model and in vivo (submitted for publication)], highly dependent on the nature of the lipid core. Nevertheless, these differences in the uptake of the CS-coated systems (solid lipid core or oily core) by the Caco-2 cells did not have a consequence in the in vivo behaviour. Indeed, both CS-coated systems (nanocapsules and CS-coated nanoparticles) showed an important capacity to enhance the intestinal absorption of the model peptide, salmon calcitonin, as shown by the important and long-lasting decrease in the calcemia levels observed in rats. PMID:15588901

  3. Modelling macromolecular networks: two meetings

    E-print Network

    Carbone, Alessandra

    Modelling macromolecular networks: two meetings in Paris, July, 2002 Franc ois Ke´ pe` s1 protein interplay and traffic on DNA''. The Symposium focused on recent conceptual insights and the interplay between regulating proteins acting on the same target gene. The sources of information for both

  4. Fluid Physics and Macromolecular Crystal Growth in Microgravity

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Helliwell, John R.; Snell, Edward H.; Chayen, Naomi E.; Judge, Russell A.; Boggon, Titus J.; Pusey, M. L.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The first protein crystallization experiment in microgravity was launched in April, 1981 and used Germany's Technologische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit (TEXUS 3) sounding rocket. The protein P-galactosidase (molecular weight 465Kda) was chosen as the sample with a liquid-liquid diffusion growth method. A sliding device brought the protein, buffer and salt solution into contact when microgravity was reached. The sounding rocket gave six minutes of microgravity time with a cine camera and schlieren optics used to monitor the experiment, a single growth cell. In microgravity a strictly laminar diffusion process was observed in contrast to the turbulent convection seen on the ground. Several single crystals, approx 100micron in length, were formed in the flight which were of inferior but of comparable visual quality to those grown on the ground over several days. A second experiment using the same protocol but with solutions cooled to -8C (kept liquid with glycerol antifreeze) again showed laminar diffusion. The science of macromolecular structural crystallography involves crystallization of the macromolecule followed by use of the crystal for X-ray diffraction experiments to determine the three dimensional structure of the macromolecule. Neutron protein crystallography is employed for elucidation of H/D exchange and for improved definition of the bound solvent (D20). The structural information enables an understanding of how the molecule functions with important potential for rational drug design, improved efficiency of industrial enzymes and agricultural chemical development. The removal of turbulent convection and sedimentation in microgravity, and the assumption that higher quality crystals will be produced, has given rise to the growing number of crystallization experiments now flown. Many experiments can be flown in a small volume with simple, largely automated, equipment - an ideal combination for a microgravity experiment. The term "protein crystal growth" is often historically used to describe these microgravity experiments. This is somewhat inaccurate as the field involves the study of many varied biological molecules including viruses, proteins, DNA, RNA and complexes of those structures. For this reason we use the term macromolecular crystal growth. In this chapter we review a series of diagnostic microgravity crystal growth experiments carried out principally using the European Space Agency (ESA) Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility (APCF). We also review related research, both experimental and theoretical, on the aspects of microgravity fluid physics that affect microgravity protein crystal growth. Our experiments have revealed some surprises that were not initially expected. We discuss them here in the context of practical lessons learnt and how to maximize the limited microgravity opportunities available.

  5. Macromolecular recognition in the Protein Data Bank

    SciTech Connect

    Janin, Joël; Rodier, Francis; Chakrabarti, Pinak

    2007-01-01

    X-ray structures in the PDB illustrate both the specific recognition of two polypeptide chains in protein–protein complexes and dimeric proteins and their nonspecific interaction at crystal contacts. Crystal structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank illustrate the diversity of biological macromolecular recognition: transient interactions in protein–protein and protein–DNA complexes and permanent assemblies in homodimeric proteins. The geometric and physical chemical properties of the macromolecular interfaces that may govern the stability and specificity of recognition are explored in complexes and homodimers compared with crystal-packing interactions. It is found that crystal-packing interfaces are usually much smaller; they bury fewer atoms and are less tightly packed than in specific assemblies. Standard-size interfaces burying 1200–2000 Å{sup 2} of protein surface occur in protease–inhibitor and antigen–antibody complexes that assemble with little or no conformation changes. Short-lived electron-transfer complexes have small interfaces; the larger size of the interfaces observed in complexes involved in signal transduction and homodimers correlates with the presence of conformation changes, often implicated in biological function. Results of the CAPRI (critical assessment of predicted interactions) blind prediction experiment show that docking algorithms efficiently and accurately predict the mode of assembly of proteins that do not change conformation when they associate. They perform less well in the presence of large conformation changes and the experiment stimulates the development of novel procedures that can handle such changes.

  6. Structure and dynamics of calmodulin in solution.

    PubMed Central

    Wriggers, W; Mehler, E; Pitici, F; Weinstein, H; Schulten, K

    1998-01-01

    To characterize the dynamic behavior of calmodulin in solution, we have carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the Ca2+-loaded structure. The crystal structure of calmodulin was placed in a solvent sphere of radius 44 A, and 6 Cl- and 22 Na+ ions were included to neutralize the system and to model a 150 mM salt concentration. The total number of atoms was 32,867. During the 3-ns simulation, the structure exhibits large conformational changes on the nanosecond time scale. The central alpha-helix, which has been shown to unwind locally upon binding of calmodulin to target proteins, bends and unwinds near residue Arg74. We interpret this result as a preparative step in the more extensive structural transition observed in the "flexible linker" region 74-82 of the central helix upon complex formation. The major structural change is a reorientation of the two Ca2+-binding domains with respect to each other and a rearrangement of alpha-helices in the N-terminus domain that makes the hydrophobic target peptide binding site more accessible. This structural rearrangement brings the domains to a more favorable position for target binding, poised to achieve the orientation observed in the complex of calmodulin with myosin light-chain kinase. Analysis of solvent structure reveals an inhomogeneity in the mobility of water in the vicinity of the protein, which is attributable to the hydrophobic effect exerted by calmodulin's binding sites for target peptides. PMID:9545028

  7. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Cover: The image shows electrospun fibers based on poly(lactic acid)/polyaniline blends with diameters from 90 to 1000 nm. The structural characteristics of the fibers are compared to cast films by scanning electron microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, and ato...

  8. wileyonlinelibrary.com Macromolecular

    E-print Network

    Tan, Weihong

    are DNA-based hydrogels based on the unique features of nucleic acids. Nucleic acids are polymers-like three-dimensional structures, while the high solvent content within the gel gives rise to fluid a large amount of water and swell. The properties of a hydrogel are usually determined by the chemical

  9. Macromolecular Crystal Quality

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Snell, Edward H.; Borgstahl, Gloria E. O.; Bellamy, Henry D.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    There are many ways of judging a good crystal. Which we use depends on the qualities we seek. For gemstones size, clarity and impurity levels (color) are paramount. For the semiconductor industry purity is probably the most important quality. For the structural crystallographer the primary desideratum is the somewhat more subtle concept of internal order. In this chapter we discuss the effect of internal order (or the lack of it) on the crystal's diffraction properties.

  10. The Macromolecular Crystallographic Information File (mmCIF)

    E-print Network

    Bourne, Philip E.

    The Macromolecular Crystallographic Information File (mmCIF) Philip E. Bourne*1, Helen M. Berman2 Information File (CIF) data representation used for describing small molecule structures and associated. The format of the small molecule CIF dictionary and the data files based upon that dictionary conform

  11. Neutron Laue macromolecular crystallography.

    PubMed

    Meilleur, Flora; Myles, Dean A A; Blakeley, Matthew P

    2006-09-01

    Recent progress in neutron protein crystallography such as the use of the Laue technique and improved neutron optics and detector technologies have dramatically improved the speed and precision with which neutron protein structures can now be determined. These studies are providing unique and complementary insights on hydrogen and hydration in protein crystal structures that are not available from X-ray structures alone. Parallel improvements in modern molecular biology now allow fully (per)deuterated protein samples to be produced for neutron scattering that essentially eradicate the large-and ultimately limiting-hydrogen incoherent scattering background that has hampered such studies in the past. High quality neutron data can now be collected to near atomic resolution (approximately 2.0 A) for proteins of up to approximately 50 kDa molecular weight using crystals of volume approximately 0.1 mm3 on the Laue diffractometer at ILL. The ability to flash-cool and collect high resolution neutron data from protein crystals at cryogenic temperature (15 K) has opened the way for kinetic crystallography on freeze trapped systems. Current instrument developments now promise to reduce crystal volume requirements by a further order of magnitude, making neutron protein crystallography a more accessible and routine technique. PMID:16897039

  12. Static Structure of Polydisperse Micellar Solutions.

    PubMed

    Mileva

    2000-12-15

    A model study of polydisperse micellar solutions formed by ionic amphiphiles in the presence of added salt is proposed. The structural peculiarities of the system are determined by effective potentials including the screened electrostatic and the hardcore interactions. A perturbation procedure is applied to expand the characteristic parameters of the system around a reference system. The basic result is a model size distribution curve that accounts not only for the inherent polydispersity of the system but also includes the interaggregate interactions and the space correlation of the aggregates. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. PMID:11097753

  13. Structuring of polymer solutions upon solvent evaporation.

    PubMed

    Schaefer, C; van der Schoot, P; Michels, J J

    2015-02-01

    The morphology of solution-cast, phase-separated polymers becomes finer with increasing solvent evaporation rate. We address this observation theoretically for a model polymer where demixing is induced by steady solvent evaporation. In contrast to what is the case for a classical, thermal quench involving immiscible blends, the spinodal instability initially develops slowly and the associated length scale is not time invariant but decreases with time as t(-1/2). After a time lag, phase separation accelerates. Time lag and characteristic length exhibit power-law behavior as a function of the evaporation rate with exponents of -2/3 and -1/6. Interestingly, at later stages the spinodal structure disappears completely while a second length scale develops. The associated structure coarsens but does not follow the usual Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner kinetics. PMID:25768523

  14. Searching for likeness in a database of macromolecular complexes.

    PubMed

    Van Voorst, Jeffrey R; Finzel, Barry C

    2013-10-28

    A software tool and workflow based on distance geometry is presented that can be used to search for local similarity in substructures in a comprehensive database of experimentally derived macromolecular structure. The method does not rely on fold annotation, specific secondary structure assignments, or sequence homology and may be used to locate compound substructures of multiple segments spanning different macromolecules that share a queried backbone geometry. This generalized substructure searching capability is intended to allow users to play an active part in exploring the role specific substructures play in larger protein domains, quaternary assemblies of proteins, and macromolecular complexes of proteins and polynucleotides. The user may select any portion or portions of an existing structure or complex to serve as a template for searching, and other structures that share the same structural features are identified, retrieved and overlaid to emphasize substructural likeness. Matching structures may be compared using a variety of integrated tools including molecular graphics for structure visualization and matching substructure sequence logos. A number of examples are provided that illustrate how generalized substructure searching may be used to understand both the similarity, and individuality of specific macromolecular structures. Web-based access to our substructure searching services is freely available at https://drugsite.msi.umn.edu. PMID:24047445

  15. Solution structure and dynamics of cartilage aggrecan.

    PubMed

    Papagiannopoulos, A; Waigh, T A; Hardingham, T; Heinrich, M

    2006-07-01

    We studied the structure and dynamics of porcine laryngeal aggrecan in solution using a range of noninvasive techniques: dynamic light scattering (DLS), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), video particle tracking (VPT) microrheology, and diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS). The data are analyzed within the framework of a combined static and dynamic scaling model, and evidence is found for reptation of the comb backbones with unentangled side-chain dynamics. Small-angle neutron scattering indicated standard polyelectrolyte scaling of the mesh size (xi) with concentration (c) in semidilute solutions for the whole aggrecan aggregate, xi = Ac(-0.47+/-0.04), with the prefactor (A) implying there is on average 60 nm between the aggrecan subunits along the backbone. VPT demonstrated large exponents for the power law dependence of the intrinsic viscosity (eta) on the polymer concentration in the semidilute concentration regime, eta approximately c(alpha); with alpha equal to 2.04 +/- 0.06 and 1.95 +/- 0.08 for the assembled and disassembled aggrecan aggregates, respectively. DWS at high frequencies (10(4)-10(5) Hz) gave evidence for internal Rouse modes of the aggrecan monomers, independent of the degree of self-assembly of the molecules. PMID:16827583

  16. Organoactinide chemistry: synthesis, structure, and solution dynamics

    SciTech Connect

    Brennan, J.G.

    1985-12-01

    This thesis considers three aspects of organoactinide chemistry. In chapter one, a bidentate phosphine ligand was used to kinetically stabilize complexes of the type Cp/sub 2/MX/sub 2/. Ligand redistribution processes are present throughout the synthetic work, as has often been observed in uranium cyclopentadienyl chemistry. The effects of covalent M-L bonding on the solution and solid state properties of U(III) coordination complexes are considered. In particular, the nature of the more subtle interaction between the metal and the neutral ligand are examined. Using relative basicity data obtained in solution, and solid state structural data (and supplemented by gas phase photoelectron measurements), it is demonstrated that the more electron rich U(III) centers engage in significant U ..-->.. L ..pi..-donation. Trivalent uranium is shown to be capable of acting either as a one- or two-electron reducing agent toward a wide variety of unsaturated organic and inorganic molecules, generating molecular classes unobtainable via traditional synthetic approaches, as well as offering an alternative synthetic approach to molecules accessible via metathesis reactions. Ligand redistribution processes are again observed, but given the information concerning ligand lability, this reactivity pattern is applied to the synthesis of pure materials inaccessible from redox chemistry. 214 refs., 33 figs., 10 tabs.

  17. Analytical model for macromolecular partitioning during yeast cell division

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Asymmetric cell division, whereby a parent cell generates two sibling cells with unequal content and thereby distinct fates, is central to cell differentiation, organism development and ageing. Unequal partitioning of the macromolecular content of the parent cell — which includes proteins, DNA, RNA, large proteinaceous assemblies and organelles — can be achieved by both passive (e.g. diffusion, localized retention sites) and active (e.g. motor-driven transport) processes operating in the presence of external polarity cues, internal asymmetries, spontaneous symmetry breaking, or stochastic effects. However, the quantitative contribution of different processes to the partitioning of macromolecular content is difficult to evaluate. Results Here we developed an analytical model that allows rapid quantitative assessment of partitioning as a function of various parameters in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This model exposes quantitative degeneracies among the physical parameters that govern macromolecular partitioning, and reveals regions of the solution space where diffusion is sufficient to drive asymmetric partitioning and regions where asymmetric partitioning can only be achieved through additional processes such as motor-driven transport. Application of the model to different macromolecular assemblies suggests that partitioning of protein aggregates and episomes, but not prions, is diffusion-limited in yeast, consistent with previous reports. Conclusions In contrast to computationally intensive stochastic simulations of particular scenarios, our analytical model provides an efficient and comprehensive overview of partitioning as a function of global and macromolecule-specific parameters. Identification of quantitative degeneracies among these parameters highlights the importance of their careful measurement for a given macromolecular species in order to understand the dominant processes responsible for its observed partitioning. PMID:25737777

  18. The effect of macromolecular crowding, ionic strength and calcium binding on calmodulin dynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Qian; Liang, Kao-Chen; Waxham, Neal; Cheung, Margaret

    2011-03-01

    The flexibility in the structure of calmodulin (CaM) allows its binding to over 300 target proteins in the cell. To investigate the structure-function relationship of CaM in response to the changing intracellular environment, we use a combined method of computer simulation and experiments based on circular dichroism (CD). The conformation, helicity and EF hand orientation of CaM are analyzed computationally to address the effect of macromolecular crowding, ionic strength and calcium binding in the experiments. We applied a unique solution of charges computed from QM/MM to accurately represent the charge distribution in the transition from apo-CaM to holo-CaM. Computationally, we found that a high level of macromolecular crowding, in addition to calcium binding and ionic strength, can impact the conformation, helicity and the EF hand orientation of CaM. Our result may provide unique insight into understanding the promiscuous behavior of calmodulin in target selection inside cells. This work is supported by National Science Foundation, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences (MCB0919974).

  19. ProteoPlex: stability optimization of macromolecular complexes by sparse-matrix screening of chemical space.

    PubMed

    Chari, Ashwin; Haselbach, David; Kirves, Jan-Martin; Ohmer, Juergen; Paknia, Elham; Fischer, Niels; Ganichkin, Oleg; Möller, Vanessa; Frye, Jeremiah J; Petzold, Georg; Jarvis, Marc; Tietzel, Michael; Grimm, Clemens; Peters, Jan-Michael; Schulman, Brenda A; Tittmann, Kai; Markl, Jürgen; Fischer, Utz; Stark, Holger

    2015-09-01

    Molecular machines or macromolecular complexes are supramolecular assemblies of biomolecules with a variety of functions. Structure determination of these complexes in a purified state is often tedious owing to their compositional complexity and the associated relative structural instability. To improve the stability of macromolecular complexes in vitro, we present a generic method that optimizes the stability, homogeneity and solubility of macromolecular complexes by sparse-matrix screening of their thermal unfolding behavior in the presence of various buffers and small molecules. The method includes the automated analysis of thermal unfolding curves based on a biophysical unfolding model for complexes. We found that under stabilizing conditions, even large multicomponent complexes reveal an almost ideal two-state unfolding behavior. We envisage an improved biochemical understanding of purified macromolecules as well as a substantial boost in successful macromolecular complex structure determination by both X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. PMID:26237227

  20. Atomic Structure Schrdinger equation has approximate solutions for multi-

    E-print Network

    Zakarian, Armen

    Atomic Structure Schrödinger equation has approximate solutions for multi- electron atoms, which indicate that all atoms are like hydrogen Atomic Structure Schrödinger equation has approximate solutions 3s 3p 3d Energy hydrogen multi-electron #12;Atomic Structure · orbitals are populated by electrons

  1. An autonomous structural health monitoring solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Featherston, Carol A.; Holford, Karen M.; Pullin, Rhys; Lees, Jonathan; Eaton, Mark; Pearson, Matthew

    2013-05-01

    Combining advanced sensor technologies, with optimised data acquisition and diagnostic and prognostic capability, structural health monitoring (SHM) systems provide real-time assessment of the integrity of bridges, buildings, aircraft, wind turbines, oil pipelines and ships, leading to improved safety and reliability and reduced inspection and maintenance costs. The implementation of power harvesting, using energy scavenged from ambient sources such as thermal gradients and sources of vibration in conjunction with wireless transmission enables truly autonomous systems, reducing the need for batteries and associated maintenance in often inaccessible locations, alongside bulky and expensive wiring looms. The design and implementation of such a system however presents numerous challenges. A suitable energy source or multiple sources capable of meeting the power requirements of the system, over the entire monitoring period, in a location close to the sensor must be identified. Efficient power management techniques must be used to condition the power and deliver it, as required, to enable appropriate measurements to be taken. Energy storage may be necessary, to match a continuously changing supply and demand for a range of different monitoring states including sleep, record and transmit. An appropriate monitoring technique, capable of detecting, locating and characterising damage and delivering reliable information, whilst minimising power consumption, must be selected. Finally a wireless protocol capable of transmitting the levels of information generated at the rate needed in the required operating environment must be chosen. This paper considers solutions to some of these challenges, and in particular examines SHM in the context of the aircraft environment.

  2. Studies of structure and dynamics of biological macro-molecular assemblies by low angle neutron diffraction and inelastic X-ray scattering

    E-print Network

    Liu, Yun, 1973-

    2005-01-01

    This thesis is organized into two parts which focus on the studies of the dynamic structure factor and static inter-particle structure factor respectively. In the first part, we have measured and analyzed the dynamic ...

  3. International summer school on macromolecular crystallographic computing. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    1998-08-01

    The School was the seventh in a series of International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Crystallographic Symposia. The format of the School was formal lectures in the morning, tutorials in the afternoon, and software demonstrations and more lectures in the evening. The full program which left both the organizers and attendees exhausted, reflects the current state of excitement in the field of macromolecular structure determination using the technique of X-ray crystallography. The new and improved technologies and techniques described in these Proceedings are contributing to that growth and at the same time, as pointed out in the paper given by Sussman, creating challenges for the Protein Data Bank (PDB). As the School progressed, the authors were struck by the similarities to events which took place in small molecule crystallography beginning some 20 to 25 years ago. Growth then was fueled by the advent of new algorithms, affordable computer hardware, and good software. So it is today for macromolecular crystallography, but with the added bonus of the Internet which is changing how scientist conduct their research. Flack presented this view as part of his on-going contribution to how crystallographers use the Internet. After presentations discussing structures en masse they returned to the more traditional mode of presentation which parallels the determination of a single macromolecular structure: data collection -- phasing -- model building and visualization -- refinement.

  4. Structures and isomerization of serine in aqueous solution: Computational study

    E-print Network

    Kim, Sang Kyu

    Structures and isomerization of serine in aqueous solution: Computational study In-Sun Jeon a , Doo online 12 January 2005 Abstract Calculations are presented for the structure and the isomerization transfer paths for the zwitterion/canonical isomerization reaction in the solution phase. The discrete

  5. WAXS studies of the structural diversity of hemoglobin in solution.

    SciTech Connect

    Makowski, L.; Bardhan, J.; Gore, D.; Lal, J.; Mandava, S.; Park, S.; Rodi, D. J.; Ho, N. T.; Ho, C.; Fischetti, R. F.

    2011-01-01

    Specific ligation states of hemoglobin are, when crystallized, capable of taking on multiple quaternary structures. The relationship between these structures, captured in crystal lattices, and hemoglobin structure in solution remains uncertain. Wide-angle X-ray solution scattering (WAXS) is a sensitive probe of protein structure in solution that can distinguish among similar structures and has the potential to contribute to these issues. We used WAXS to assess the relationships among the structures of human and bovine hemoglobins in different liganded forms in solution. WAXS data readily distinguished among the various forms of hemoglobins. WAXS patterns confirm some of the relationships among hemoglobin structures that have been defined through crystallography and NMR and extend others. For instance, methemoglobin A in solution is, as expected, nearly indistinguishable from HbCO A. Interestingly, for bovine hemoglobin, the differences between deoxy-Hb, methemoglobin and HbCO are smaller than the corresponding differences in human hemoglobin. WAXS data were also used to assess the spatial extent of structural fluctuations of various hemoglobins in solution. Dynamics has been implicated in allosteric control of hemoglobin, and increased dynamics has been associated with lowered oxygen affinity. Consistent with that notion, WAXS patterns indicate that deoxy-Hb A exhibits substantially larger structural fluctuations than HbCO A. Comparisons between the observed WAXS patterns and those predicted on the basis of atomic coordinate sets suggest that the structures of Hb in different liganded forms exhibit clear differences from known crystal structure.

  6. Quantifying macromolecular conformational transition pathways

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seyler, Sean; Kumar, Avishek; Thorpe, Michael; Beckstein, Oliver

    2015-03-01

    Diverse classes of proteins function through large-scale conformational changes that are challenging for computer simulations. A range of fast path-sampling techniques have been used to generate transitions, but it has been difficult to compare paths from (and assess the relative strengths of) different methods. We introduce a comprehensive method (pathway similarity analysis, PSA) for quantitatively characterizing and comparing macromolecular pathways. The Hausdorff and Fréchet metrics (known from computational geometry) are used to quantify the degree of similarity between polygonal curves in configuration space. A strength of PSA is its use of the full information available from the 3 N-dimensional configuration space trajectory without requiring additional specific knowledge about the system. We compare a sample of eleven different methods for the closed-to-open transitions of the apo enzyme adenylate kinase (AdK) and also apply PSA to an ensemble of 400 AdK trajectories produced by dynamic importance sampling MD and the Geometrical Pathways algorithm. We discuss the method's potential to enhance our understanding of transition path sampling methods, validate them, and help guide future research toward deeper physical insights into conformational transitions.

  7. Novel Solution Methods for Nonlinear Structural Dynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schnoor, Matthew

    Nonlinear oscillations are present in many physical systems in science and engineering. Through simplifying assumptions, many systems can be reduced to various forms of the venerable Duffing equation. Three examples of physical systems that can be reduced to Duffing's equation are a clamped-clamped beam, von Karman's plate equations, and the pitch-plunge model for an airfoil in steady incompressible flow. These models will be examined in detail. Specifically, an approach to general n-DOF Spring-Mass-Damper (SMD) models will be the culmination. Some forms of the Duffing equation have exact solutions but that is more an exception than a rule. Some exact solutions will be examined but the majority of the discussion will focus on approximate solutions where closed form solutions do not exist. The method of weighted residuals will be applied to transform Duffing's 2nd order nonlinear ODE into a system of nonlinear algebraic equations (NAEs). Various features of different methods will be discussed to solve the system of NAEs. Several aspects of nonlinear systems in the context of the solution methods will be discussed including: jump phenomena, dependence on initial conditions, super and subharmonics, stability and the approach to chaotic motion.

  8. Regular branched Macromolecules: Structure of Bottlebrush Polymers in Solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pakula, T.; Rathgeber, S.; Matyjaszewski, K.

    2001-03-01

    The shape and internal structure of bottlebrush (comb) macromolecules under good solvent conditions have been studied using small angle neutron scattering and computer simulations. The form factor S(Q) was measured at low concentrations in toluene for comb polymers consisting of a p(BPEM) backbone with p(nBA) side chains. The following intramolecular parameters were varied: (1) backbone length, (2) grafting density and (3) length of the side chains. Using models which have been successfully applied to other regular branched polymers we derive the range of the hydrodynamic interaction within the polymer and the particle dimension from which we can conclude on the overall shape of the macromolecular brush. In addition we determined the radius of the gyration of the backbone R_g^bb and of the side chains R_g^sc. These parameters give information about the stiffness of the polymer. Experimental findings are compared with computer simulation results performed for a single bottlebrush macromolecule using the cooperative motion algorithm. The simulation gives direct access to R_g^bb and R_g^sc and allows an independent determination of S(Q). Good agreement between experiment and simulation has been found.

  9. Low-resolution structures of proteins in solution retrieved from X-ray scattering with a genetic algorithm.

    PubMed Central

    Chacón, P; Morán, F; Díaz, J F; Pantos, E; Andreu, J M

    1998-01-01

    Small-angle x-ray solution scattering (SAXS) is analyzed with a new method to retrieve convergent model structures that fit the scattering profiles. An arbitrary hexagonal packing of several hundred beads containing the problem object is defined. Instead of attempting to compute the Debye formula for all of the possible mass distributions, a genetic algorithm is employed that efficiently searches the configurational space and evolves best-fit bead models. Models from different runs of the algorithm have similar or identical structures. The modeling resolution is increased by reducing the bead radius together with the search space in successive cycles of refinement. The method has been tested with protein SAXS (0.001 < S < 0.06 A(-1)) calculated from x-ray crystal structures, adding noise to the profiles. The models obtained closely approach the volumes and radii of gyration of the known structures, and faithfully reproduce the dimensions and shape of each of them. This includes finding the active site cavity of lysozyme, the bilobed structure of gamma-crystallin, two domains connected by a stalk in betab2-crystallin, and the horseshoe shape of pancreatic ribonuclease inhibitor. The low-resolution solution structure of lysozyme has been directly modeled from its experimental SAXS profile (0.003 < S < 0.03 A(-1)). The model describes lysozyme size and shape to the resolution of the measurement. The method may be applied to other proteins, to the analysis of domain movements, to the comparison of solution and crystal structures, as well as to large macromolecular assemblies. PMID:9635731

  10. A Sco protein among the hypothetical proteins of Bacillus lehensis G1: Its 3D macromolecular structure and association with Cytochrome C Oxidase

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background At least a quarter of any complete genome encodes for hypothetical proteins (HPs) which are largely non-similar to other known, well-characterized proteins. Predicting and solving their structures and functions is imperative to aid understanding of any given organism as a complete biological system. The present study highlights the primary effort to classify and cluster 1202 HPs of Bacillus lehensis G1 alkaliphile to serve as a platform to mine and select specific HP(s) to be studied further in greater detail. Results All HPs of B. lehensis G1 were grouped according to their predicted functions based on the presence of functional domains in their sequences. From the metal-binding group of HPs of the cluster, an HP termed Bleg1_2507 was discovered to contain a thioredoxin (Trx) domain and highly-conserved metal-binding ligands represented by Cys69, Cys73 and His159, similar to all prokaryotic and eukaryotic Sco proteins. The built 3D structure of Bleg1_2507 showed that it shared the ?????? core structure of Trx-like proteins as well as three flanking ?-sheets, a 310 –helix at the N-terminus and a hairpin structure unique to Sco proteins. Docking simulations provided an interesting view of Bleg1_2507 in association with its putative cytochrome c oxidase subunit II (COXII) redox partner, Bleg1_2337, where the latter can be seen to hold its partner in an embrace, facilitated by hydrophobic and ionic interactions between the proteins. Although Bleg1_2507 shares relatively low sequence identity (47%) to BsSco, interestingly, the predicted metal-binding residues of Bleg1_2507 i.e. Cys-69, Cys-73 and His-159 were located at flexible active loops similar to other Sco proteins across biological taxa. This highlights structural conservation of Sco despite their various functions in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Conclusions We propose that HP Bleg1_2507 is a Sco protein which is able to interact with COXII, its redox partner and therefore, may possess metallochaperone and redox functions similar to other documented bacterial Sco proteins. It is hoped that this scientific effort will help to spur the search for other physiologically relevant proteins among the so-called “orphan” proteins of any given organism. PMID:24641837

  11. ON THE STRUCTURE OF SOLUTIONS OF NONLINEAR ...

    E-print Network

    2011-04-02

    Volume 10, Number 4, July 2011 pp. 1011–1036. ON THE ... Entropy solutions, hyperbolic systems, conservation laws, bounded variation .... if E is a set of finite perimeter, then ??E is a (vector-valued) Radon measure whose ...... [4] G.-Q. Chen, Convergence of the Lax-Friedrichs scheme for isentropic gas dynamics (III

  12. The promise of macromolecular crystallization in microfluidic chips

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    van der Woerd, Mark; Ferree, Darren; Pusey, Marc

    2003-01-01

    Microfluidics, or lab-on-a-chip technology, is proving to be a powerful, rapid, and efficient approach to a wide variety of bioanalytical and microscale biopreparative needs. The low materials consumption, combined with the potential for packing a large number of experiments in a few cubic centimeters, makes it an attractive technique for both initial screening and subsequent optimization of macromolecular crystallization conditions. Screening operations, which require a macromolecule solution with a standard set of premixed solutions, are relatively straightforward and have been successfully demonstrated in a microfluidics platform. Optimization methods, in which crystallization solutions are independently formulated from a range of stock solutions, are considerably more complex and have yet to be demonstrated. To be competitive with either approach, a microfluidics system must offer ease of operation, be able to maintain a sealed environment over several weeks to months, and give ready access for the observation and harvesting of crystals as they are grown.

  13. Novel exact surface wave solutions for layered structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kiselev, Aleksei P.; Ducasse, Eric; Deschamps, Marc; Darinskii, Alexander

    2007-08-01

    Novel exact solutions describing surface acoustic waves on general layered structures have been found by the method of variable separation. First, solutions have been constructed with plane wavefronts and involving polynomial dependence on lateral variables. Second, their inhomogeneous plane-wave analogues have been found. At last, beam-like solutions highly localized at large lateral distances in a given sector have also been considered. To cite this article: A.P. Kiselev et al., C. R. Mecanique 335 (2007).

  14. Solution Structure of Lithium Dicyclohexylamide (Cy2NLi) and Related

    E-print Network

    Collum, David B.

    Solution Structure of Lithium Dicyclohexylamide (Cy2NLi) and Related Mixed Aggregates: Comparison The 6Li spectrum recorded on solutions of [6Li,15N]Cy2- NLi (0.1 M) in benzene containing 2.0 equiv of HMPA contains a new upfield 6 Li doublet that appears to be the same species observed previously3

  15. Structural Tractability of Counting of Solutions to Conjunctive Queries

    E-print Network

    Bürgisser, Peter

    Structural Tractability of Counting of Solutions to Conjunctive Queries Arnaud Durand IMJ UMR 7586@mail.uni-paderborn.de March 8, 2013 In this paper we explore the problem of counting solutions to conjunctive queries. We are spread in . We show that for conjunctive queries that admit nice decomposition properties (such as being

  16. Probing the structure of RNAs in solution.

    PubMed Central

    Ehresmann, C; Baudin, F; Mougel, M; Romby, P; Ebel, J P; Ehresmann, B

    1987-01-01

    During these last years, a powerful methodology has been developed to study the secondary and tertiary structure of RNA molecules either free or engaged in complex with proteins. This method allows to test the reactivity of every nucleotide towards chemical or enzymatic probes. The detection of the modified nucleotides and RNase cleavages can be conducted by two different paths which are oriented both by the length of the studied RNA and by the nature of the probes used. The first one uses end-labeled RNA molecule and allows to detect only scissions in the RNA chain. The second approach is based on primer extension by reverse transcriptase and detects stops of transcription at modified or cleaved nucleotides. The synthesized cDNA fragments are then sized by electrophoresis on polyacrylamide:urea gels. In this paper, the various structure probes used so far are described, and their utilization is discussed. Images PMID:2446263

  17. Exploring Vacuum Structure around Identity-Based Solutions

    E-print Network

    Isao Kishimoto; Tomohiko Takahashi

    2009-10-16

    We explore the vacuum structure in bosonic open string field theory expanded around an identity-based solution parameterized by $a(>=-1/2)$. Analyzing the expanded theory using level truncation approximation up to level 20, we find that the theory has the tachyon vacuum solution for $a>-1/2$. We also find that, at $a=-1/2$, there exists an unstable vacuum solution in the expanded theory and the solution is expected to be the perturbative open string vacuum. These results reasonably support the expectation that the identity-based solution is a trivial pure gauge configuration for $a>-1/2$, but it can be regarded as the tachyon vacuum solution at $a=-1/2$.

  18. Systematic solution to homo-oligomeric structures determined by NMR

    E-print Network

    Donald, Bruce Randall

    Systematic solution to homo-oligomeric structures determined by NMR Jeffrey W. Martin1 Pei Zhou2 structure determination by NMR has predominantly relied on simulated annealing-based conformational search down in the presence of large numbers of ambiguous constraints from NMR experiments on homo

  19. AN EXACT SOLUTION OF THE TERM STRUCTURE OF INTEREST RATE

    E-print Network

    Zeng, Yong - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Missouri

    a dynamic term structure model under the systematic risk of regime shifts in a general equilibrium setting of the term premiums is associated with the systematic risk of re- current shifts in bond prices (or interestAN EXACT SOLUTION OF THE TERM STRUCTURE OF INTEREST RATE UNDER REGIME-SWITCHING RISK Shu Wu1

  20. A computational study of hydration, solution structure, and dynamics in dilute carbohydrate solutions

    E-print Network

    A computational study of hydration, solution structure, and dynamics in dilute carbohydrate of the structure and dynamics of water near single carbohydrate molecules glucose, trehalose, and sucrose at 0 and 30 °C. The presence of a carbohydrate molecule has a number of significant effects on the microscopic

  1. Bringing macromolecular machinery to life using 3D animation.

    PubMed

    Iwasa, Janet H

    2015-04-01

    Over the past decade, there has been a rapid rise in the use of three-dimensional (3D) animation to depict molecular and cellular processes. Much of the growth in molecular animation has been in the educational arena, but increasingly, 3D animation software is finding its way into research laboratories. In this review, I will discuss a number of ways in which 3d animation software can play a valuable role in visualizing and communicating macromolecular structures and dynamics. I will also consider the challenges of using animation tools within the research sphere. PMID:25889615

  2. Macromolecular synthesis by yeasts under frozen conditions

    E-print Network

    Christner, Brent C.

    Macromolecular synthesis by yeasts under frozen conditions Pierre Amato,* Shawn Doyle and Brent C basidiomycetous yeasts isolated from an Antarctic ice core and showed that after freezing at a relatively slow rate (0.8°C min-1 ), the cells are excluded into veins of liquid at the triple junctions of ice

  3. Solution structure of ligands involved in purine salvage pathway.

    PubMed

    Karnawat, Vishakha; Puranik, Mrinalini

    2015-12-01

    Analogues of intermediates involved in the purine salvage pathway can be exploited as potential drug molecules against enzymes of protozoan parasites. To develop such analogues we need knowledge of the solution structures, predominant tautomer at physiological pH and protonation-state of the corresponding natural ligand. In this regard, we have employed ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy (UVRR) in combination with density functional theory (DFT) to study the solution structures of two relatively unexplored intermediates, 6-phosphoryl IMP (6-pIMP) and succinyl adenosine-5'-monophosphate (sAMP), of purine salvage pathway. These molecules are intermediates in a two step enzymatic process that converts inosine-5'-monpophosphate (IMP) to adenosine-5'-monophosphate (AMP). Experimental data on the molecular structure of these ligands is lacking. We report UVRR spectra of these two ligands, obtained at an excitation wavelength of 260 nm. Using isotope induced shifts and DFT calculations we assigned observed spectra to computed normal modes. We find that sAMP exists as neutral species at physiological pH and the predominant tautomer in solution bears proton at N10 position of purine ring. Though transient in solution, 6-pIMP is captured in the enzyme-bound form. This work provides the structural information of these ligands in solution state at physiological pH. We further compare these structures with the structures of AMP and IMP. Despite the presence of similar purine rings in AMP and sAMP, their UVRR spectra are found to be very different. Similarly, though the purine ring in 6-pIMP resembles that of IMP, UVRR spectra of the two molecules are distinct. These differences in the vibrational spectra provide direct information on the effects of exocyclic groups on the skeletal structures of these molecules. Our results identify key bands in the vibrational spectra of these ligands which may serve as markers of hydrogen bonding interactions upon binding to the active-sites of enzymes. PMID:26163792

  4. Effects of cell turnover and leaky junctions on arterial macromolecular permeability - Relation to atherogenesis

    SciTech Connect

    Lin, Shingjong.

    1989-01-01

    To test the hypothesis that transiently open junctions around the endothelial cells undergoing turnover are the large pores through which macromolecules (with the size of albumin or larger) cross the endothelium in large arteries, experiments were performed on Sprague-Dawley, spontaneously hypertensive (SHR), and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats under anesthesia. Endothelial macromolecular permeability was studied in both en face and cross-sectional preparations of the thoracic aorta by using fluorescence-labeled albumin and low density lipoprotein (LDL). Foci of macromolecular leakage in the aorta were visualized and mapped with fluorescence microscopy. Replicating endothelial cells were identified by {sup 3}H-thymidine autoradiography and hemotoxylin staining, and dead endothelia cells were detected by IgG immunocytochemistry. The occurrence of cell replication or death was correlated with macromolecular leakage in the aorta. Under the fluorescence microscope, endothelial macromolecular leakage was clearly identified as discrete spots or larger foci. Both the number density and the size of tracer leaky foci increased with time. A higher number density of leaky foci was found in branching areas. A high degree of correlation was found between macromolecular permeability and endothelial cell mitosis or death at the cellular level. A significantly higher density of tracer leaky foci was noted in SHR than in WKY, which was accompanied by greater frequencies of both endothelial cell mitosis and death. During cell turnover, aortic endothelial cells continuously undergo structural remodeling, including cell junctions. Poorly organized clefts associated with the remodeling provide the pathway through which macromolecules enter the arterial wall.

  5. Protein stabilization by macromolecular crowding through enthalpy rather than entropy.

    PubMed

    Senske, Michael; Törk, Lisa; Born, Benjamin; Havenith, Martina; Herrmann, Christian; Ebbinghaus, Simon

    2014-06-25

    The interior of the cell is a densely crowded environment in which protein stability is affected differently than in dilute solution. Macromolecular crowding is commonly understood in terms of an entropic volume exclusion effect based on hardcore repulsions among the macromolecules. We studied the thermal unfolding of ubiquitin in the presence of different cosolutes (glucose, dextran, poly(ethylene glycol), KCl, urea). Our results show that for a correct dissection of the cosolute-induced changes of the free energy into its enthalpic and entropic contributions, the temperature dependence of the heat capacity change needs to be explicitly taken into account. In contrast to the prediction by the excluded volume theory, we observed an enthalpic stabilization and an entropic destabilization for glucose, dextran, and poly(ethylene glycol). The enthalpic stabilization mechanism induced by the macromolecular crowder dextran was similar to the enthalpic stabilization mechanism of its monomeric building block glucose. In the case of poly(ethylene glycol), entropy is dominating over enthalpy leading to an overall destabilization. We propose a new model to classify cosolute effects in terms of their enthalpic contributions to protein stability. PMID:24888734

  6. DNA Adduct Structure–Function Relationships: Comparing Solution with Polymerase Structures

    PubMed Central

    Broyde, Suse; Wang, Lihua; Zhang, Ling; Rechkoblit, Olga; Geacintov, Nicholas E.; Patel, Dinshaw J.

    2015-01-01

    It has now been nearly two decades since the first solution structures of DNA duplexes covalently damaged by metabolically activated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and amines were determined by NMR. Dozens of such high-resolution structures are now available, and some broad structural themes have been uncovered. It has been hypothesized that the solution structures are relevant to the biochemical processing of the adducts. The structural features of the adducts are considered to determine their mutational properties in DNA polymerases and their repair susceptibilities. In recent years, a number of crystal structures of DNA adducts of interest to our work have been determined in DNA polymerases. Accordingly, it is now timely to consider how NMR solution structures relate to structures within DNA polymerases. The NMR solution structural themes for polycyclic aromatic adducts are often observed in polymerase crystal structures. While the polymerase interactions can on occasion override the solution preferences, intrinsic adduct conformations favored in solution are often manifested within polymerases and likely play a significant role in lesion processing. PMID:18052109

  7. Connecting the Dots: The Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Cell Physiology

    PubMed Central

    Mourão, Márcio A.; Hakim, Joe B.; Schnell, Santiago

    2014-01-01

    The physicochemical properties of cellular environments with a high macromolecular content have been systematically characterized to explain differences observed in the diffusion coefficients, kinetics parameters, and thermodynamic properties of proteins inside and outside of cells. However, much less attention has been given to the effects of macromolecular crowding on cell physiology. Here, we review recent findings that shed some light on the role of crowding in various cellular processes, such as reduction of biochemical activities, structural reorganization of the cytoplasm, cytoplasm fluidity, and cellular dormancy. We conclude by presenting some unresolved problems that require the attention of biophysicists, biochemists, and cell physiologists. Although it is still underappreciated, macromolecular crowding plays a critical role in life as we know it. PMID:25517143

  8. Systematic solution to homo-oligomeric structures determined by NMR.

    PubMed

    Martin, Jeffrey W; Zhou, Pei; Donald, Bruce R

    2015-04-01

    Protein structure determination by NMR has predominantly relied on simulated annealing-based conformational search for a converged fold using primarily distance constraints, including constraints derived from nuclear Overhauser effects, paramagnetic relaxation enhancement, and cysteine crosslinkings. Although there is no guarantee that the converged fold represents the global minimum of the conformational space, it is generally accepted that good convergence is synonymous to the global minimum. Here, we show such a criterion breaks down in the presence of large numbers of ambiguous constraints from NMR experiments on homo-oligomeric protein complexes. A systematic evaluation of the conformational solutions that satisfy the NMR constraints of a trimeric membrane protein, DAGK, reveals 9 distinct folds, including the reported NMR and crystal structures. This result highlights the fundamental limitation of global fold determination for homo-oligomeric proteins using ambiguous distance constraints and provides a systematic solution for exhaustive enumeration of all satisfying solutions. PMID:25620116

  9. Numerical Solution of Singular ODE Eigenvalue Problems in Electronic Structure

    E-print Network

    Koch, Othmar

    ) Corresponding Author Email addresses: rh@cms.tuwien.ac.at (Robert Hammerling ), othmar@othmar-koch.org (Othmar: http://www.cms.tuwien.ac.at/ (Robert Hammerling ), http://www.othmar-koch.org (Othmar Koch ), httpNumerical Solution of Singular ODE Eigenvalue Problems in Electronic Structure Computations Robert

  10. Visualizing lowly-populated regions of the free energy landscape of macromolecular

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    Visualizing lowly-populated regions of the free energy landscape of macromolecular complexes the minimum free energy configuration and other local minima of the free energy landscape. Little is known in structural terms lowly-populated regions of the free energy landscape and promises to yield fundamental new

  11. Empirical magnetic structure solution of frustrated spin systems.

    PubMed

    Paddison, Joseph A M; Goodwin, Andrew L

    2012-01-01

    Frustrated magnetism plays a central role in the phenomenology of exotic quantum states. However, since the magnetic structures of frustrated systems are often aperiodic, there has been the problem that they cannot be determined by using traditional crystallographic techniques. Here we show that the magnetic component of powder neutron scattering data is actually sufficiently information-rich to drive magnetic structure solution for frustrated systems, including spin ices, spin liquids, and molecular magnets. Our methodology employs ab initio reverse Monte Carlo refinement, making informed use of an additional constraint that minimizes variance in local spin environments. The atomistic spin configurations obtained in this way not only reflect a magnetic structure "solution" but also reproduce the full three-dimensional magnetic scattering pattern. PMID:22304284

  12. Structure of graphene oxide membranes in solvents and solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Klechikov, Alexey; Yu, Junchun; Thomas, Diana; Sharifi, Tiva; Talyzin, Alexandr V.

    2015-09-01

    The change of distance between individual graphene oxide sheets due to swelling is the key parameter to explain and predict permeation of multilayered graphene oxide (GO) membranes by various solvents and solutions. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study shows that swelling properties of GO membranes are distinctly different compared to precursor graphite oxide powder samples. Intercalation of liquid dioxolane, acetonitrile, acetone, and chloroform into the GO membrane structure occurs with maximum one monolayer insertion (Type I), in contrast with insertion of 2-3 layers of these solvents into the graphite oxide structure. However, the structure of GO membranes expands in liquid DMSO and DMF solvents similarly to precursor graphite oxide (Type II). It can be expected that Type II solvents will permeate GO membranes significantly faster compared to Type I solvents. The membranes are found to be stable in aqueous solutions of acidic and neutral salts, but dissolve slowly in some basic solutions of certain concentrations, e.g. in NaOH, NaHCO3 and LiF. Some larger organic molecules, alkylamines and alkylammonium cations are found to intercalate and expand the lattice of GO membranes significantly, e.g. up to ~35 Å in octadecylamine/methanol solution. Intercalation of solutes into the GO structure is one of the limiting factors for nano-filtration of certain molecules but it also allows modification of the inter-layer distance of GO membranes and tuning of their permeation properties. For example, GO membranes functionalized with alkylammonium cations are hydrophobized and they swell in non-polar solvents.The change of distance between individual graphene oxide sheets due to swelling is the key parameter to explain and predict permeation of multilayered graphene oxide (GO) membranes by various solvents and solutions. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study shows that swelling properties of GO membranes are distinctly different compared to precursor graphite oxide powder samples. Intercalation of liquid dioxolane, acetonitrile, acetone, and chloroform into the GO membrane structure occurs with maximum one monolayer insertion (Type I), in contrast with insertion of 2-3 layers of these solvents into the graphite oxide structure. However, the structure of GO membranes expands in liquid DMSO and DMF solvents similarly to precursor graphite oxide (Type II). It can be expected that Type II solvents will permeate GO membranes significantly faster compared to Type I solvents. The membranes are found to be stable in aqueous solutions of acidic and neutral salts, but dissolve slowly in some basic solutions of certain concentrations, e.g. in NaOH, NaHCO3 and LiF. Some larger organic molecules, alkylamines and alkylammonium cations are found to intercalate and expand the lattice of GO membranes significantly, e.g. up to ~35 Å in octadecylamine/methanol solution. Intercalation of solutes into the GO structure is one of the limiting factors for nano-filtration of certain molecules but it also allows modification of the inter-layer distance of GO membranes and tuning of their permeation properties. For example, GO membranes functionalized with alkylammonium cations are hydrophobized and they swell in non-polar solvents. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04096e

  13. Structure and dynamics of potassium chloride in aqueous solution.

    PubMed

    Sindt, Julien O; Alexander, Andrew J; Camp, Philip J

    2014-08-01

    The structure and dynamics of potassium chloride in aqueous solution over a wide range of concentrations-and in particular beyond saturation-are studied using molecular dynamics simulations to help shed light on recent experimental studies of nonphotochemical laser-induced nucleation (NPLIN). In NPLIN experiments, the duration, t, of the laser pulse (with wavelength 1064 nm) is found to influence the occurrence of crystal nucleation in supersaturated KCl(aq): if t is less than about 5 ps, no crystal nucleation is observed; if t is greater than about 100 ps, crystal nucleation is observed, and with a known dependence on laser power. Assuming that the laser acts on spontaneously formed solute clusters, these observations suggest that there are transient structures in supersaturated solutions with relaxation times on the scale of 5-100 ps. Ion-cluster formation and ion-cluster lifetimes are calculated according to various criteria, and it is found that, in the supersaturated regime, there are indeed structures with relaxation times of up to 100 ps. In addition, the ion dynamics in this regime is found to show signs of collective behavior, as evidenced by stretched exponential decay of the self-intermediate scattering function. Although these results do not explain the phenomenon of NPLIN, they do provide insights into possible relevant dynamical factors in supersaturated aqueous solutions of potassium chloride. PMID:25027561

  14. Effect of solute size on transport in structured porous media

    SciTech Connect

    Hu, Qinhong; Brusseau, M.L.

    1995-07-01

    The purpose of this work was to investigate the effect of solute size on transport in structured porous media. Miscible displacement experiments were performed with tracers of different sizes (i.e., tritiated water {sup 3}H{sub 2}O), pentafluorobenzoate (PFBA), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and hydroxypropyl-{beta}-cyclodextrin (HPCD) in aggregated, stratified, and macroporous media. The breakthrough curves exhibited both early breakthrough and tailing, indicative of nonideal transport in these structured media. Comparison of breakthrough curves revealed that the extent of nonideality (e.g., tailing) was HPCD > PFBA, 2,4-D > {sup 3}H{sub 2}O. This behavior is consistent with the impact of solute size on the relative degree of {open_quotes}nonequilibrium{close_quotes} experienced by solutes whose transport is constrained by diffusive mass transfer. The capability of the first-order, dual-porosity mobile-immobile model to represent solute transport in these structured systems was evaluated by comparing independently determined values of the input parameters to values obtained by curve fitting of the experimental measurements. The calculated and optimized values compared quite well for the aggregated and stratified media, but not for the macroporous media. Experiments performed with tracers of different size are useful for characterizing the nature of the porous medium through which transport is occurring. 25 refs., 13 figs., 5 tabs.

  15. Probing convection and diffusion in macromolecular gels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    de Rosa, Enrica; Netti, Paolo Antonio

    2005-03-01

    Transport of molecules within three-dimensional biological tissue occurs by both diffusion and convection. While diffusion is relatively well studied in the literature, there is a paucity of data on convection parameters, even if is the most effective transport mechanism for large molecules. Pressure-driven flow through complex macromolecular gels can provide different probe velocity depending on the diffusant molecule and matrix interaction and so far no specific measurements have been performed. Furthermore the complexity or heterogeneity of the system may cause differences with the position in the convection properties of the sample. In this study both diffusion coefficient and velocity of several fluorescent probes in macromolecular gels have been measured with a high spatial resolution (100?m). The macromolecular velocity has been evaluated by adopting the video-FRAP technique, through an algorithm to separate the fluorescence recovery due to the brownian motion and that due to a bulk convection. Combination of the two transport process is very relevant in tissue engineering and drug delivery application.

  16. Development of solution techniques for nonlinear structural analysis

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Vos, R. G.; Andrews, J. S.

    1974-01-01

    Nonlinear structural solution methods in the current research literature are classified according to order of the solution scheme, and it is shown that the analytical tools for these methods are uniformly derivable by perturbation techniques. A new perturbation formulation is developed for treating an arbitrary nonlinear material, in terms of a finite-difference generated stress-strain expansion. Nonlinear geometric effects are included in an explicit manner by appropriate definition of an applicable strain tensor. A new finite-element pilot computer program PANES (Program for Analysis of Nonlinear Equilibrium and Stability) is presented for treatment of problems involving material and geometric nonlinearities, as well as certain forms on nonconservative loading.

  17. Use of Capillaries for Macromolecular Crystallization in a Cryogenic Dewar

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ciszak, Ewa; Hammons, Aaron S.; Hong, Young Soo

    2002-01-01

    The enhanced gaseous nitrogen (EGN) dewar is a cryogenic dry shipper with a sealed cylinder inserted inside along with a temperature monitoring device, and is intended for macromolecular crystallization experiments on the International Space Station. Within the dewar, each crystallization experiment is contained as a solution within a plastic capillary tube. The standard procedure for loading samples in these tubes has involved rapid freezing of the precipitant and biomolecular solution, e.g., protein, directly in liquid nitrogen; this method, however, often resulted in uncontrolled formation of air voids, These air pockets, or bubbles, can lead to irreproducible crystallization results. A novel protocol has been developed to prevent formation of bubbles, and this has been tested in the laboratory as well as aboard the International Space Station during a 42-day long mission of July/August 2001. The gain or loss of mass from solutions within the plastic capillaries revealed that mass transport occurred among separated tubes, and that this mass transport was dependent upon the hygroscopic character of the solution contained in any given tube. The surface area of the plastic capillary tube also related to the observed mass transport. Furthermore, the decreased mass of solutions of-protein correlated to observed formation of protein crystals.

  18. Macromolecular Crystallization with Microfluidic Free-Interface Diffusion

    SciTech Connect

    Segelke, B

    2005-02-24

    Fluidigm released the Topaz 1.96 and 4.96 crystallization chips in the fall of 2004. Topaz 1.96 and 4.96 are the latest evolution of Fluidigm's microfluidics crystallization technologies that enable ultra low volume rapid screening for macromolecular crystallization. Topaz 1.96 and 4.96 are similar to each other but represent a major redesign of the Topaz system and have of substantially improved ease of automation and ease of use, improved efficiency and even further reduced amount of material needed. With the release of the new Topaz system, Fluidigm continues to set the standard in low volume crystallization screening which is having an increasing impact in the field of structural genomics, and structural biology more generally. In to the future we are likely to see further optimization and increased utility of the Topaz crystallization system, but we are also likely to see further innovation and the emergence of competing technologies.

  19. On the solution of creep induced buckling in general structure

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Padovan, J.; Tovichakchaikul, S.

    1982-01-01

    This paper considers the pre and post buckling behavior of general structures exposed to high temperature fields for long durations wherein creep effects become significant. The solution to this problem is made possible through the use of closed upper bounding constraint surfaces which enable the development of a new time stepping algorithm. This permits the stable and efficient solution of structural problems which exhibit indefinite tangent properties. Due to the manner of constraining/bounding successive iterates, the algorithm developed herein is largely self adaptive, inherently stable, sufficiently flexible to handle geometric material and boundary induced nonlinearity, and can be incorporated into either finite element or difference simulations. To illustrate the capability of the procedure, as well as, the physics of creep induced pre and post buckling behavior, the results of several numerical experiments are included.

  20. Rheological and structural properties of active filament solutions.

    SciTech Connect

    Ziebert, F.; Aranson, I. S.; Materials Science Division

    2008-01-01

    The rheology and the structure of a dilute semiflexible biofilament solution, like F-actin, interacting via molecular motors is probed by molecular dynamics simulations. Oscillatory external shear is used to measure the storage and loss moduli as a function of motor activity in a range of frequencies and for low shear rates. The overall effect of the motor activity on the rheological properties is interpreted as an increase of the temperature, with the effective temperature proportional to the density of motors. However, the effect of motors on the structural properties of the solution, such as the orientation correlation function, is opposite: the motors drastically increase the orientation correlation length whereas thermal fluctuations decrease it.

  1. Solution structure of leptospiral LigA4 Big domain.

    PubMed

    Mei, Song; Zhang, Jiahai; Zhang, Xuecheng; Tu, Xiaoming

    2015-11-13

    Pathogenic Leptospiraspecies express immunoglobulin-like proteins which serve as adhesins to bind to the extracellular matrices of host cells. Leptospiral immunoglobulin-like protein A (LigA), a surface exposed protein containing tandem repeats of bacterial immunoglobulin-like (Big) domains, has been proved to be involved in the interaction of pathogenic Leptospira with mammalian host. In this study, the solution structure of the fourth Big domain of LigA (LigA4 Big domain) from Leptospira interrogans was solved by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The structure of LigA4 Big domain displays a similar bacterial immunoglobulin-like fold compared with other Big domains, implying some common structural aspects of Big domain family. On the other hand, it displays some structural characteristics significantly different from classic Ig-like domain. Furthermore, Stains-all assay and NMR chemical shift perturbation revealed the Ca(2+) binding property of LigA4 Big domain. PMID:26449456

  2. Advances in macromolecular data storage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mansuripur, Masud

    2014-09-01

    We propose to develop a new method of information storage to replace magnetic hard disk drives and other instruments of secondary/backup data storage. The proposed method stores petabytes of user-data in a sugar cube (1 cm3), and can read/write that information at hundreds of megabits/sec. Digital information is recorded and stored in the form of a long macromolecule consisting of at least two bases, 𝐴 and 𝐵. (This would be similar to DNA strands constructed from the four nucleic acids 𝐺, 𝐶, 𝐴, 𝑇.) The macromolecules initially enter the system as blank slates. A macromolecule with, say, 10,000 identical bases in the form of 𝐴𝐴𝐴𝐴𝐴. . . . 𝐴𝐴𝐴 may be used to record a kilobyte block of user-data (including modulation and error-correction coding), although, in this blank state, it can only represent the null sequence 00000....000. Suppose this blank string of 𝐴's is dragged before an atomically-sharp needle of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). When electric pulses are applied to the needle in accordance with the sequence of 0s and 1s of a 1 𝑘𝐵 block of user-data, selected 𝐴 molecules will be transformed into 𝐵 molecules (e.g., a fraction of 𝐴 will be broken off and discarded). The resulting string now encodes the user-data in the form of 𝐴𝐴𝐵𝐴𝐵𝐵𝐴. . . 𝐵𝐴𝐵. The same STM needle can subsequently read the recorded information, as 𝐴 and 𝐵 would produce different electric signals when the strand passes under the needle. The macromolecule now represents a data block to be stored in a "parking lot" within the sugar cube, and later brought to a read station on demand. Millions of parking spots and thousands of Read/Write stations may be integrated within the micro-fabricated sugar cube, thus providing access to petabytes of user-data in a scheme that benefits from the massive parallelism of thousands of Read/Write stations within the same three-dimensionally micro-structured device.

  3. The Promise of Macromolecular Crystallization in Micro-fluidic Chips

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    vanderWoerd, Mark; Ferree, Darren; Pusey, Marc

    2003-01-01

    Micro-fluidics, or lab on a chip technology, is proving to be a powerful, rapid, and efficient approach to a wide variety of bio-analytical and microscale bio-preparative needs. The low materials consumption, combined with the potential for packing a large number of experiments in a few cubic centimeters, makes it an attractive technique for both initial screening and subsequent optimization of macromolecular crystallization conditions. Screening operations, which require equilibrating macromolecule solution with a standard set of premixed solutions, are relatively straightforward and have been successfully demonstrated in a micro-fluidics platform. More complex optimization methods, where crystallization solutions are independently formulated from a range of stock solutions, are considerably more complex and have yet to be demonstrated. To be competitive with either approach, a micro-fluidics system must offer ease of operation, be able to maintain a sealed environment over several weeks to months, and give ready access for the observation of crystals as they are grown.

  4. Effect of Ternary Solutes on the Evolution of Structure and Gel Formation in Amphiphilic Copolymer Solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meznarich, Norman Anthony Kang

    Aqueous solutions of polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene-polyoxyethylene (PEO-PPO-PEO) amphiphilic triblock copolymers (commercially known as Pluronic surfactants) undergo reversible and temperature-dependent micellization and arrangement into cubic ordered lattices known as "micelle gels". The macroscopic behavior of the ordering is a transition from a liquid to a gel. While the phase behavior and gel structure of pure Pluronic surfactant solutions have been well studied, less is known about the effects of added ternary solutes. In this dissertation, a comprehensive investigation into the effects of the added pharmaceutical methylparaben on solutions of F127 ranging from 10 to 30 wt% was conducted in order to better understand the behavior of F127 in multicomponent pharmaceutical formulations. The viscoelastic properties of F127 gel formation were studied using rheometry, where heating rates of 0.1, 1, and 10 degrees C/min were also used to probe the kinetics of the gel transition. In solutions containing methylparaben, F127 gelation occurred at up to 15 degrees C lower temperatures and was accelerated by a factor of three to four. Small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to characterize the structure of the ordered domains, and how they were affected by the presence of dissolved pharmaceuticals. It was found that ordered domain formation changed from heterogeneous nucleation and growth to possible homogeneous nucleation and growth. A roughly 2% reduction in the cubic lattice parameter was also observed for solutions containing methylparaben. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments were performed on a series of different Pluronic surfactants in order to characterize the micellization behavior as a function of PPO center block length and PEO/PPO ratio. Added methylparaben suppressed the micellization endotherm, the degree of suppression depending linearly on the amount of added methylparaben, as well as the length of the PPO center block and PEO/PPO ratio. This dissertation yielded a thorough characterization of the changes in micellization and gelation behavior in F127 gels as a result of added pharmaceuticals. Previously unobserved behavior such as the onset of ordered domain formation in F127 gels was observed, and a greater understanding of the interactions between amphiphilic copolymer solutions and dissolved solutes was achieved.

  5. Automated macromolecular crystal detection system and method

    DOEpatents

    Christian, Allen T. (Tracy, CA); Segelke, Brent (San Ramon, CA); Rupp, Bernard (Livermore, CA); Toppani, Dominique (Fontainebleau, FR)

    2007-06-05

    An automated macromolecular method and system for detecting crystals in two-dimensional images, such as light microscopy images obtained from an array of crystallization screens. Edges are detected from the images by identifying local maxima of a phase congruency-based function associated with each image. The detected edges are segmented into discrete line segments, which are subsequently geometrically evaluated with respect to each other to identify any crystal-like qualities such as, for example, parallel lines, facing each other, similarity in length, and relative proximity. And from the evaluation a determination is made as to whether crystals are present in each image.

  6. Nanoscale structure and dynamics of colloid-semiflexible polymer solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huh, Ji Yeon; Furst, Eric M.

    2006-03-01

    Interactions and structure in colloid-polymer solutions control the phase behavior, viscoelasticity, stability, and vitrification, which play significant roles in many industrial applications. Filled semiflexible networks demonstrate distinctive rheological properties due to their large persistence length. They are important in many biological and surfactant systems, and display additional complexity because of the alignment and isotropic-nematic transition. In this work, we report diffusing wave spectroscopy studies of the dynamics of colloidal particles suspended in F-actin solutions in time scales 10-6solutions in the dilute limit^[1]. However, we find discrepancies in the entangled limit which may indicate the difference between local and bulk properties. Using a shell model for the local viscoelastic response^[2], we find that the response is consistent with a depletion-like structure surrounding the embedded colloidal particles^[3]. [1]Shankar et al., J. Rheol. 46, 1111 (2002) [2]A. Levine and T. Lubensky, Phys. Rev. E 63, 041510 (2001) [3]Y. L. Chen and K. S. Schweizer, J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 6687 (2004)

  7. Large-volume protein crystal growth for neutron macromolecular crystallography.

    PubMed

    Ng, Joseph D; Baird, James K; Coates, Leighton; Garcia-Ruiz, Juan M; Hodge, Teresa A; Huang, Sijay

    2015-04-01

    Neutron macromolecular crystallography (NMC) is the prevailing method for the accurate determination of the positions of H atoms in macromolecules. As neutron sources are becoming more available to general users, finding means to optimize the growth of protein crystals to sizes suitable for NMC is extremely important. Historically, much has been learned about growing crystals for X-ray diffraction. However, owing to new-generation synchrotron X-ray facilities and sensitive detectors, protein crystal sizes as small as in the nano-range have become adequate for structure determination, lessening the necessity to grow large crystals. Here, some of the approaches, techniques and considerations for the growth of crystals to significant dimensions that are now relevant to NMC are revisited. These include experimental strategies utilizing solubility diagrams, ripening effects, classical crystallization techniques, microgravity and theoretical considerations. PMID:25849493

  8. Extracting trends from two decades of microgravity macromolecular crystallization history

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Judge, Russell A.; Snell, Edward H.; van der Woerd, Mark J.

    2005-01-01

    Since the 1980s hundreds of macromolecular crystal growth experiments have been performed in the reduced acceleration environment of an orbiting spacecraft. Significant enhancements in structural knowledge have resulted from X-ray diffraction of the crystals grown. Similarly, many samples have shown no improvement or degradation in comparison to those grown on the ground. A complex series of interrelated factors affect these experiments and by building a comprehensive archive of the results it was aimed to identify factors that result in success and those that result in failure. Specifically, it was found that dedicated microgravity missions increase the chance of success when compared with those where crystallization took place as a parasitic aspect of the mission. It was also found that the chance of success could not be predicted based on any discernible property of the macromolecule available to us.

  9. On the atomic structure of cocaine in solution.

    PubMed

    Johnston, Andrew J; Busch, Sebastian; Pardo, Luis Carlos; Callear, Samantha K; Biggin, Philip C; McLain, Sylvia E

    2015-12-23

    Cocaine is an amphiphilic drug which has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Here, a combination of neutron diffraction and computation has been used to investigate the atomic scale structure of cocaine in aqueous solutions. Both the observed conformation and hydration of cocaine appear to contribute to its ability to cross hydrophobic layers afforded by the BBB, as the average conformation yields a structure which might allow cocaine to shield its hydrophilic regions from a lipophilic environment. Specifically, the carbonyl oxygens and amine group on cocaine, on average, form ?5 bonds with the water molecules in the surrounding solvent, and the top 30% of water molecules within 4 Å of cocaine are localized in the cavity formed by an internal hydrogen bond within the cocaine molecule. This water mediated internal hydrogen bonding suggests a mechanism of interaction between cocaine and the BBB that negates the need for deprotonation prior to interaction with the lipophilic portions of this barrier. This finding also has important implications for understanding how neurologically active molecules are able to interact with both the blood stream and BBB and emphasizes the use of structural measurements in solution in order to understand important biological function. PMID:26660073

  10. Structural dynamics of surfactant solutions in planar extensional flow

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Luo, Binbin; Burghardt, Wesley

    2015-03-01

    We report in situ x-ray scattering investigation of the structure of aqueous surfactant solutions in planar extensional flow. Samples were studied in a cross-slot stagnation flow cell fed by a syringe pump using a highly collimated synchrtron x-ray beam that provides for spatially resolved measurements of fluid structure in the stagnation region of the flow. Prior attempts to use planar stagnation flows for either x-ray or neutron scattering employed low-aspect ratio flow geometries in which the kinematics are dominated by parasitic velocity gradients along the incident beam direction. In contrast, our cross-slot flow cell employs an aspect ratio of 5:1, providing a much more ideal two-dimensional extensional flow field in the stagnation region. This device has been used to study two different surfactant systems, one a wormlike micelle solution at high salt concentration which exhibits rheology similar to that of entangled polymers. Here the focus is on the degree of micelle orientation produced as a function of extension rate. We have also studied a system that forms lamellar ordering. In addition to induced alignment of the mesophase structure, it is also possible to interrogate flow-induced changes in lamellar d-spacing in this material.

  11. Type IV kerogens as analogues for organic macromolecular materials in aqueously altered carbonaceous chondrites.

    PubMed

    Matthewman, Richard; Martins, Zita; Sephton, Mark A

    2013-04-01

    Understanding the processes involved in the evolution of organic matter in the early Solar System requires extensive experimental work. The scientifically valuable carbonaceous chondrites are principal targets for organic analyses, but these meteorites are rare. Meteoritic analog materials available in larger quantities, on which experiments can be performed, would be highly beneficial. The bulk of the organic inventory of carbonaceous chondrites is made up of solvent-insoluble macromolecular material. This high-molecular-weight entity provides a record of thermal and aqueous parent-body alteration of precursor organic structures present at the birth of the Solar System. To identify an effective analogue for this macromolecular material, we analyzed a series of terrestrial kerogens by pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Type I and II kerogens are unsuitable analogues owing to their highly aliphatic nature. Type III kerogens show some similarities to meteoritic macromolecular materials but display a substantial biological heritage. Type IV kerogens, in this study derived from Mesozoic paleosols and produced by the reworking and oxidation of organic matter, represent an effective analogue. Some isomeric differences exist between meteoritic macromolecular materials and type IV kerogens, and stepped pyrolysis indicates variations in thermal stability. In addition to being a suitable material for novel experimentation, type IV kerogens also have the potential to aid in the optimization of instruments for deployment on Mars. PMID:23551239

  12. Solution to certain problems in the failure of composite structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goodsell, Johnathan

    The present work contains the solution of two problems in composite structures. In the first, an approximate elasticity solution for prediction of the displacement, stress and strain fields within the m-layer, symmetric and balanced angle-ply composite laminate of finite-width subjected anticlastic bending deformation is developed. The solution is shown to recover classical laminated plate theory predictions at interior regions of the laminate and thereby illustrates the boundary layer character of this interlaminar phenomenon. The results exhibit the anticipated response in congruence with the solutions for uniform axial extension and uniform temperature change, where divergence of the interlaminar shearing stress is seen to occur at the intersection of the free-edge and planes between lamina of +theta and -theta orientation. The analytical results show excellent agreement with the finite-element predictions for the same boundary-value problem and thereby provide an efficient and compact solution available for parametric studies of the influence of geometry and material properties. The solution is combined with previously developed solutions for uniform axial extension and uniform temperature change of the identical laminate and the combined solution is exercised to compare the relative magnitudes of free-edge phenomenon arising from the different loading conditions, to study very thick laminates and laminates where the laminate width is less than the laminate thickness. Significantly, it was demonstrated that the solution is valid for arbitrary stacking sequence and the solution was exercised to examine antisymmetric and non-symmetric laminates. Finally, the solution was exercised to determine the dimensions of the boundary layer for very large numbers of layers. It was found that the dimension of the boundary layer width in bending is approximately twice that in uniform axial extension and uniform temperature change. In the second, the intrinsic flaw concept is extended to the determination of the intrinsic flaw length and the prediction of performance variability in the 10-degree off-axis specimen. The intrinsic flaw is defined as a fracture mechanics-type, through-thickness planar crack extending in the fiber direction from the failure initiation site of length, a. The distribution of intrinsic flaw lengths is postulated from multiple tests of 10-degree off-axis specimens by calculating the length of flaw that would cause fracture at each measured failure site and failure load given the fracture toughness of the material. The intrinsic flaw lengths on the homogeneous and micromechanical scales for unnotched (no hole) and specimens containing a centrally-located, through-thickness circular hole are compared. 8 hole-diameters ranging from 1.00--12.7 mm are considered. On the micromechanical scale, the intrinsic flaw ranges between approximately 10 and 100 microns in length, on the order of the relevant microstructural dimensions. The intrinsic flaw lengths on the homogeneous scale are determined to be an order of magnitude greater than that on the micromechanical scale. The effect of variation in the fiber volume fraction on the intrinsic flaw length is also considered. In the strength predictions for the specimens, the intrinsic flaw crack geometry and probability density function of intrinsic flaw lengths calculated from the unnotched specimens allow fracture mechanics predictions of strength variability. The strength prediction is dependent on the flaw density, the number of flaws per unit length along the free-edge. The flaw density is established by matching the predicted strength with the experimental strength. The distribution of intrinsic flaw lengths is used with the strength variability of the unnotched and of open-hole specimens to determine the flaw density at each hole-size. The flaw density is shown to be related to the fabrication machining speed suggesting machining damage as a mechanism for the hole-size dependence of the flaw density. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  13. Solution structure of the carboxyl-terminal LIM domain from quail cysteine-rich protein CRP2.

    PubMed

    Konrat, R; Weiskirchen, R; Kräutler, B; Bister, K

    1997-05-01

    Proteins of the cysteine-rich protein (CRP) family (CRP1, CRP2, and CRP3) are implicated in diverse processes linked to cellular differentiation and growth control. CRP proteins contain two LIM domains, each formed by two zinc-binding modules of the CCHC and CCCC type, respectively. The solution structure of the carboxyl-terminal LIM domain (LIM2) from recombinant quail CRP2 was determined by multidimensional homo- and heteronuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The folding topology retains both independent zinc binding modules (CCHC and CCCC). Each module consists of two orthogonally arranged antiparallel beta-sheets, and the carboxyl-terminal CCCC module is terminated by an alpha-helix. 15N magnetic relaxation data indicate that the modules differ in terms of conformational flexibility. They pack together via a hydrophobic core region. In addition, Arg122 in the CCHC module and Glu155 in the CCCC module are linked by an intermodular hydrogen bond and/or salt bridge. These residues are absolutely conserved in the CRP family of LIM proteins, and their interaction might contribute to the relative orientation of the two zinc-binding modules in CRP LIM2 domains. The global fold of quail CRP2 LIM2 is very similar to that of the carboxyl-terminal LIM domain of the related but functionally distinct CRP family member CRP1, analyzed recently. The carboxyl-terminal CCCC module is structurally related to the DNA-binding domain of the erythroid transcription factor GATA-1. In the two zinc-binding modules of quail CRP2 LIM2, flexible loop regions made up of conserved amino acid residues are located on the same side of the LIM2 domain and may cooperate in macromolecular recognition. PMID:9115265

  14. Interfacial structures of acidic and basic aqueous solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Tian, C.; Ji, N.; Waychunas, G.; Shen, Y.R.

    2008-10-20

    Phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy was used to study water/vapor interfaces of HCl, HI, and NaOH solutions. The measured imaginary part of the surface spectral responses provided direct characterization of OH stretch vibrations and information about net polar orientations of water species contributing to different regions of the spectrum. We found clear evidence that hydronium ions prefer to emerge at interfaces. Their OH stretches contribute to the 'ice-like' band in the spectrum. Their charges create a positive surface field that tends to reorient water molecules more loosely bonded to the topmost water layer with oxygen toward the interface, and thus enhances significantly the 'liquid-like' band in the spectrum. Iodine ions in solution also like to appear at the interface and alter the positive surface field by forming a narrow double-charge layer with hydronium ions. In NaOH solution, the observed weak change of the 'liquid-like' band and disappearance of the 'ice-like' band in the spectrum indicates that OH{sup -} ions must also have excess at the interface. How they are incorporated in the interfacial water structure is however not clear.

  15. Refined solution structure and backbone dynamics of HIV-1 Nef.

    PubMed Central

    Grzesiek, S.; Bax, A.; Hu, J. S.; Kaufman, J.; Palmer, I.; Stahl, S. J.; Tjandra, N.; Wingfield, P. T.

    1997-01-01

    The tendency of HIV-1 Nef to form aggregates in solution, particularly at pH values below 8, together with its large fraction of highly mobile residues seriously complicated determination of its three-dimensional structure, both for heteronuclear solution NMR (Grzesiek et al., 1996a, Nat Struct Biol 3:340-345) and for X-ray crystallography (Lee et al., 1996, Cell 85:931-942). Methods used to determine the Nef structure by NMR at pH 8 and 0.6 mM concentration are presented, together with a detailed description of Nef's secondary and tertiary structure. The described techniques have general applicability for the NMR structure determination of proteins that are aggregating and/or have limited stability at low pH values. Extensive chemical shift assignments are reported for backbone and side chain 1H, 13C, and 15N resonances of the HIV-1 Nef deletion mutants NEF delta 2-39, NEF delta 2-39, delta 159-173, and of NEF delta 2-39, delta 159-173 in complex with the SH3 domain of the Hck tyrosine protein kinase. Besides a type II polyproline helix, Nef's structure consists of three alpha-helices, a 3(10) helix, and a five-stranded anti-parallel beta-sheet. The analysis of 15N relaxation parameters of the backbone amide sites reveals that all the secondary structure elements are non-mobile on the picosecond to nanosecond and on the millisecond time scale. A large number of slowly exchanging amide protons provides evidence for the stability of the Nef core even on the time scale of hours. Significant internal motions on the ps to ns time scale are detected for residues 60 to 71 and for residues 149 to 180, which form solvent-exposed loops. The residues of the HIV-1 protease cleavage site (W57/L58) do not exhibit large amplitude motions on the sub-nanosecond time scale, and their side chains insert themselves into a hydrophobic crevice formed between the C-terminus of helix 1 and the N-terminus of helix 2. A refined structure has been determined based on additional constraints for side-chain and backbone dihedral angles derived from a large number of three-bond J-coupling and ROE data. PMID:9194185

  16. Observation of carbon growth and interface structures in methanol solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Okuno, Kimio

    2015-11-01

    In the deposition of carbon on the surface of a tungsten tip in methanol solution by electrolysis, the growth structure of the carbon films, the interface state, and the dissolution of carbon atoms into the tungsten matrix of the substrate have been investigated with the atomic events by field ion microscopy (FIM). The carbon films preferentially condense on the W{111} plane. The interfacial reaction at the carbon atom-tungsten substrate interface is vigorous and the carbon atoms also readily dissolve into the substrate matrix to form a tungsten-carbon complex. The reaction depth of the deposited carbon depends on the magnitude of electrolytic current and the treatment duration in the methanol solution. In this work, the resolution depth of carbon was found to be approximately 270 atomic layers below the top layer of the tungsten substrate by a field evaporation technique. In the case of a low electrolytic current, the tungsten substrate surface is entirely covered with carbon atoms having a pseudomorphic structure. The field-electron emission characteristics were also evaluated for various coverages of the carbon film formed on the substrate.

  17. Solution structure of the core SMN–Gemin2 complex

    PubMed Central

    Sarachan, Kathryn L.; Valentine, Kathleen G.; Gupta, Kushol; Moorman, Veronica R.; Gledhill, John M.; Bernens, Matthew; Tommos, Cecilia; Wand, A. Joshua; Van Duyne, Gregory D.

    2012-01-01

    In humans, assembly of spliceosomal snRNPs (small nuclear ribonucleoproteins) begins in the cytoplasm where the multi-protein SMN (survival of motor neuron) complex mediates the formation of a seven-membered ring of Sm proteins on to a conserved site of the snRNA (small nuclear RNA). The SMN complex contains the SMN protein Gemin2 and several additional Gemins that participate in snRNP biosynthesis. SMN was first identified as the product of a gene found to be deleted or mutated in patients with the neurodegenerative disease SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. In the present study, we report the solution structure of Gemin2 bound to the Gemin2-binding domain of SMN determined by NMR spectroscopy. This complex reveals the structure of Gemin2, how Gemin2 binds to SMN and the roles of conserved SMN residues near the binding interface. Surprisingly, several conserved SMN residues, including the sites of two SMA patient mutations, are not required for binding to Gemin2. Instead, they form a conserved SMN/Gemin2 surface that may be functionally important for snRNP assembly. The SMN–Gemin2 structure explains how Gemin2 is stabilized by SMN and establishes a framework for structure–function studies to investigate snRNP biogenesis as well as biological processes involving Gemin2 that do not involve snRNP assembly. PMID:22607171

  18. Panorama of ancient metazoan macromolecular complexes.

    PubMed

    Wan, Cuihong; Borgeson, Blake; Phanse, Sadhna; Tu, Fan; Drew, Kevin; Clark, Greg; Xiong, Xuejian; Kagan, Olga; Kwan, Julian; Bezginov, Alexandr; Chessman, Kyle; Pal, Swati; Cromar, Graham; Papoulas, Ophelia; Ni, Zuyao; Boutz, Daniel R; Stoilova, Snejana; Havugimana, Pierre C; Guo, Xinghua; Malty, Ramy H; Sarov, Mihail; Greenblatt, Jack; Babu, Mohan; Derry, W Brent; Tillier, Elisabeth R; Wallingford, John B; Parkinson, John; Marcotte, Edward M; Emili, Andrew

    2015-09-17

    Macromolecular complexes are essential to conserved biological processes, but their prevalence across animals is unclear. By combining extensive biochemical fractionation with quantitative mass spectrometry, here we directly examined the composition of soluble multiprotein complexes among diverse metazoan models. Using an integrative approach, we generated a draft conservation map consisting of more than one million putative high-confidence co-complex interactions for species with fully sequenced genomes that encompasses functional modules present broadly across all extant animals. Clustering reveals a spectrum of conservation, ranging from ancient eukaryotic assemblies that have probably served cellular housekeeping roles for at least one billion years, ancestral complexes that have accrued contemporary components, and rarer metazoan innovations linked to multicellularity. We validated these projections by independent co-fractionation experiments in evolutionarily distant species, affinity purification and functional analyses. The comprehensiveness, centrality and modularity of these reconstructed interactomes reflect their fundamental mechanistic importance and adaptive value to animal cell systems. PMID:26344197

  19. Reconstruction of SAXS Profiles from Protein Structures

    PubMed Central

    Putnam, Daniel K.; Lowe, Edward W.

    2013-01-01

    Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is used for low resolution structural characterization of proteins often in combination with other experimental techniques. After briefly reviewing the theory of SAXS we discuss computational methods based on 1) the Debye equation and 2) Spherical Harmonics to compute intensity profiles from a particular macromolecular structure. Further, we review how these formulas are parameterized for solvent density and hydration shell adjustment. Finally we introduce our solution to compute SAXS profiles utilizing GPU acceleration. PMID:24688746

  20. Nanostructured Block Copolymer Solutions and Composites: Mechanical and Structural Properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Walker, Lynn

    2015-03-01

    Self-assembled block copolymer templates are used to control the nanoscale structure of materials that would not otherwise order in solution. In this work, we have developed a technique to use close-packed cubic and cylindrical mesophases of a thermoreversible block copolymer (PEO-PPO-PEO) to impart spatial order on dispersed nanoparticles. The thermoreversible nature of the template allows for the dispersion of particles synthesized outside the template. This feature extends the applicability of this templating method to many particle-polymer systems, including proteins, and also permits a systematic evaluation of the impact of design parameters on the structure and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites. The criteria for forming co-crystals have been characterized using small-angle scatting and the mechanical properties of these soft crystals determined. Numerous crystal structures have been reported for the block copolymer system and we have taken advantage of several to generate soft co-crystals. The result of this templating is spatially ordered nanoparticle arrays embedded within the block copolymer nanostructure. These soft materials can be shear aligned into crystals with long range order and this shear alignment is discussed. Finally, the dynamics of nanoparticles within the nanostructured material are characterized with fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). The applications and general behavior of these nanostructured hydrogels are outlined.

  1. Structure and dynamics of aqueous solution of uranyl ions

    SciTech Connect

    Chopra, Manish; Choudhury, Niharendu

    2014-04-24

    The present work describes a molecular dynamics simulation study of structure and dynamics of aqueous solution of uranyl ions in water. Structural properties of the system in terms of radial distribution functions and dynamical characteristics as obtained through velocity autocorrelation function and mean square displacements have been analyzed. The results for radial distribution functions show the oxygen of water to form the first solvation shell at 2.4 Å around the uranium atom, whereas the hydrogen atoms of water are distributed around the uranium atom with the major peak at around 3.0 Å. Analyses of transport behaviors of ions and water through MSD indicates that the diffusion of the uranyl ion is much less as compared to that of the water molecules. It is also observed that the dynamical behavior of water molecules gets modified due to the presence of uranyl ion. The effect of increase in concentration of uranyl ions on the structure and dynamics of water molecules is also studied.

  2. Solution structure, aggregation behavior, and flexibility of human relaxin-2.

    PubMed

    Haugaard-Kedström, Linda M; Hossain, Mohammed Akhter; Daly, Norelle L; Bathgate, Ross A D; Rinderknecht, Ernst; Wade, John D; Craik, David J; Rosengren, K Johan

    2015-03-20

    Relaxin is a member of the relaxin/insulin peptide hormone superfamily and is characterized by a two-chain structure constrained by three disulfide bonds. Relaxin is a pleiotropic hormone and involved in a number of physiological and pathogenic processes, including collagen and cardiovascular regulation and tissue remodelling during pregnancy and cancer. Crystallographic and ultracentrifugation experiments have revealed that the human form of relaxin, H2 relaxin, self-associates into dimers, but the significance of this is poorly understood. Here, we present the NMR structure of a monomeric, amidated form of H2 relaxin and compare its features and behavior in solution to those of native H2 relaxin. The overall structure of H2 relaxin is retained in the monomeric form. H2 relaxin amide is fully active at the relaxin receptor RXFP1 and thus dimerization is not required for biological activity. Analysis of NMR chemical shifts and relaxation parameters identified internal motion in H2 relaxin at the pico-nanosecond and milli-microsecond time scales, which is commonly seen in other relaxin and insulin peptides and might be related to function. PMID:25547165

  3. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

    SciTech Connect

    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L.

    2013-01-07

    The solvation structures of Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -} ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -}, respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  4. Characterization of Chitin and Chitosan Molecular Structure in Aqueous Solution

    SciTech Connect

    Franca, Eduardo D.; Lins, Roberto D.; Freitas, Luiz C.; Straatsma, TP

    2008-12-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to characterize the structure of chitin and chitosan fibers in aqueous solutions. Chitin fibers, whether isolated or in the form of a ?-chitin nanoparticle, adopt the so-called 2-fold helix with ? and ? values similar to its crystalline state. In solution, the intramolecular hydrogen bond HO3(n)?O5(n+1) responsible for the 2-fold helical motif is stabilized by hydrogen bonds with water molecules in a well-defined orientation. On the other hand, chitosan can adopt five distinct helical motifs and its conformational equilibrium is highly dependent on pH. The hydrogen bond pattern and solvation around the O3 atom of insoluble chitosan (basic pH) are nearly identical to these quantities in chitin. Our findings suggest that the solubility and conformation of these polysaccharides are related to the stability of the intrachain HO3(n)?O5(n+1) hydrogen bond, which is affect by the water exchange around the O3-HO3 hydroxyl group.

  5. Structure and phase behavior of aqueous methylcellulose solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McAllister, John; Schmidt, Peter; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank

    2015-03-01

    Cellulose ethers (CE) constitute a multi-billion dollar industry, and have found end uses in a broad array of applications from construction materials, food products, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals for more than 80 years. Methylcellulose (MC, with the trade name METHOCEL™) is a CE in which there is a partial substitution of -OH groups with -OCH3 groups. This results in a polymer that is water-soluble at low temperatures, and aqueous solutions of MC display gelation and phase separation at higher temperatures. The nature of MC gelation has been debated for many years, and this project has made significant advances in the understanding of the solution properties of CEs. We have characterized a fibrillar structure of MC gels by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Using light scattering, turbidity measurements, and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy (DMS) we report that MC microphase separates by nucleation and growth of fibril aggregates, and is a different process from LCST phase separation.

  6. Identifying duplicate crystal structures: XTALCOMP, an open-source solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lonie, David C.; Zurek, Eva

    2012-03-01

    We describe the implementation of XTALCOMP, an efficient, reliable, and open-source library that tests if two crystal descriptions describe the same underlying structure. The algorithm has been tested and found to correctly identify duplicate structures in spite of the "real-world" difficulties that arise from working with numeric crystal representations: degenerate unit cell lattices, numerical noise, periodic boundaries, and the lack of a canonical coordinate origin. The library is portable, open, and not dependent on any external packages. A web interface to the algorithm is publicly accessible at http://xtalopt.openmolecules.net/xtalcomp/xtalcomp.html. Program summaryProgram title: XtalComp Catalogue identifier: AEKV_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEKV_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: "New" (3-clause) BSD [1] No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3148 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 21 860 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++ Computer: No restrictions Operating system: All operating systems with a compliant C++ compiler. Classification: 7.8 Nature of problem: Computationally identifying duplicate crystal structures taken from the output of modern solid state calculations is a non-trivial exercise for many reasons. The translation vectors in the description are not unique — they may be transformed into linear combinations of themselves and continue to describe the same extended structure. The coordinates and cell parameters contain numerical noise. The periodic boundary conditions at the unit cell faces, edges, and corners can cause very small displacements of atomic coordinates to result in very different representations. The positions of all atoms may be uniformly translated by an arbitrary vector without modifying the underlying structure. Additionally, certain applications may consider enantiomorphic structures to be identical. Solution method: The XtalComp algorithm overcomes these issues to detect duplicate structures regardless of differences in representation. It begins by performing a Niggli reduction on the inputs, standardizing the translation vectors and orientations. A transform search is performed to identify candidate sets of rotations, reflections, and translations that potentially map the description of one crystal onto the other, solving the problems of enantiomorphs and rotationally degenerate lattices. The atomic positions resulting from each candidate transform are then compared, using a cell-expansion technique to remove periodic boundary issues. Computational noise is treated by comparing non-integer quantities using a specified tolerance. Running time: The test run provided takes less than a second to complete.

  7. The influence of interchain coupling on intramolecular oscillation mobility in coupled macromolecular chains: The case of coplanar parallel chains

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    ?evizovi?, D.; Petkovi?, S.; Galovi?, S.; Chizhov, A.; Reshetnyak, A.

    2015-10-01

    We enlarge our results from the study of the hopping mechanism of the oscillation excitation transport in 1D model of one biologica-likel macromolecular chain to the case of a system composed from two 1D parallel macromolecular chains with consideration of the properties of intramolecular oscillation excitations. We suppose, that due to the exciton interaction with thermal oscillation (generated by mechanical phonon subsystem) of structural elements (consisting of the peptide group) of the chains, the exciton becomes by self trapped and forms the polaron state. We suggest a model which generalizes the modified Holstein polaron model to the case of two macromolecular chains and find that because of the interchain coupling, the exciton energy band is splitted into two subbands. The hopping process of exciton migration along the macromolecular chains is studied in dependence of system parameters and temperature. We pay an special attention to the temperature range (near T = 300 K) in which living cells operate. It is found that for the certain values of the system parameters there exists the abrupt change of the exciton migration nature from practically free (light) exciton motion to an immobile (heavy, dressed by phonon cloud) quasiparticle We discuss an application of the obtained results to the exciton transport both within deoxyribonucleic acid molecule and in the 2D polymer films organized from such macromolecular chains.

  8. New concepts and applications in the macromolecular chemistry of fullerenes.

    PubMed

    Giacalone, Francesco; Martín, Nazario

    2010-10-01

    A new classification on the different types of fullerene-containing polymers is presented according to their different properties and applications they exhibit in a variety of fields. Because of their interest and novelty, water-soluble and biodegradable C(60)-polymers are discussed first, followed by polyfullerene-based membranes where unprecedented supramolecular structures are presented. Next are compounds that involve hybrid materials formed from fullerenes and other components such as silica, DNA, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) where the most recent advances have been achieved. A most relevant topic is still that of C(60)-based donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers. Since their application in photovoltaics D-A polymers are among the most realistic applications of fullerenes in the so-called molecular electronics. The most relevant aspects in these covalently connected fullerene/polymer hybrids as well as new concepts to improve energy conversion efficiencies are presented.The last topics disccused relate to supramolecular aspects that are in involved in C(60)-polymer systems and in the self-assembly of C(60)-macromolecular structures, which open a new scenario for organizing, by means of non-covalent interactions, new supramolecular structures at the nano- and micrometric scale, in which the combination of the hydrofobicity of fullerenes with the versatility of the noncovalent chemistry afford new and spectacular superstructures. PMID:20799291

  9. The NMR solution structure of recombinant RGD-hirudin

    SciTech Connect

    Song, Xia; Mo, Wei; Liu, Xingang; Zhu, Lina; Yan, Xiaomin; Song, Houyan . E-mail: hysong@shmu.edu.cn; Dai, Linsen . E-mail: lsdai@fudan.edu.cn

    2007-08-17

    The solution structure of a new recombinant RGD-hirudin, which has the activities of anti-thrombin and anti-platelet aggregation, was determined by {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and compared with the conformations of recombinant wild-type hirudin and hirudin (variant 2, Lys47) of the hirudin thrombin complex. On the basis of total 1284 distance and dihedral angle constraints derived from a series of NMR spectra, 20 conformers were computed with ARIA/CNS programs. The structure of residues 3-30 and 37-48 form a molecular core with two antiparallel {beta}-sheets as the other two hirudins. However, significant differences were found in the surface electrostatic charge distributions among the three hirudins, especially in the RGD segment of recombinant RGD-hirudin. This difference may be greatly beneficial to its additional function of anti-platelet aggregation. The difference in extended C-terminal makes its both ionic and hydrophobic interactions with the fibrinogen recognition exosite of thrombin more effective.

  10. On the Structure of Gum Arabic in Aqueous Solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dror, Yael; Yerushalmi-Rozen, Rachel

    2005-03-01

    Gum arabic (GA), a natural composite polysaccharide derived from exudates of Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal trees, is commonly used in food hydrocolloids. It was shown to effectively disperse carbon nanotubes in water. GA consists mainly of a highly branched polysaccharide and a protein-polysaccharide complex (GAGP) as a minor component. In this work the microstructure of the gum in water was studied by small angle x-ray and neutron scattering combined with cryo-transmission electrons microscopy. An intricate structure is revealed, composed of many spheroidal polysaccharide aggregates and a small amount of large coils of GAGP. Inter-aggregate correlations result in a scattering peak, the spacing of which exhibits a -1/3 power-law dependence on concentration, and which diminishes with increased ionic strength. Changes in the conformation of the large GAGP coils can be followed at very low scattering vectors (q). A coil to rod transition with decreasing concentration is indicated by a change from -2 to -1 in the power-law q-dependence of the scattering intensity. It is suggested that the concentration of the GA in solution affects the structural correlations between the polysaccharide and the GAGP complex, and thus may also affect the surface activity of the gum.

  11. Solution structure of the strawberry allergen Fra a 1

    PubMed Central

    Seutter von Loetzen, Christian; Schweimer, Kristian; Schwab, Wilfried; Rösch, Paul; Hartl-Spiegelhauer, Olivia

    2012-01-01

    The PR10 family protein Fra a 1E from strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) is down-regulated in white strawberry mutants, and transient RNAi (RNA interference)-mediated silencing experiments confirmed that Fra a 1 is involved in fruit pigment synthesis. In the present study, we determined the solution structure of Fra a 1E. The protein fold is identical with that of other members of the PR10 protein family and consists of a seven-stranded antiparallel ?-sheet, two short V-shaped ?-helices and a long C-terminal ?-helix that encompass a hydrophobic pocket. Whereas Fra a 1E contains the glycine-rich loop that is highly conserved throughout the protein family, the volume of the hydrophobic pocket and the size of its entrance are much larger than expected. The three-dimensional structure may shed some light on its physiological function and may help to further understand the role of PR10 proteins in plants. PMID:22913709

  12. Global Structure and Asymptotic Behavior of Weak Solutions to Flood Wave Equations

    E-print Network

    Global Structure and Asymptotic Behavior of Weak Solutions to Flood Wave Equations Tao Luo: Flood wave equations, Weak solutions, Relaxation, Shock waves Abstract The present paper concerns with the global structure and asymptotic behavior of the discontinuous solutions to flood wave equations

  13. JBluIce-EPICS control system for macromolecular crystallography.

    PubMed

    Stepanov, Sergey; Makarov, Oleg; Hilgart, Mark; Pothineni, Sudhir Babu; Urakhchin, Alex; Devarapalli, Satish; Yoder, Derek; Becker, Michael; Ogata, Craig; Sanishvili, Ruslan; Venugopalan, Nagarajan; Smith, Janet L; Fischetti, Robert F

    2011-03-01

    The trio of macromolecular crystallography beamlines constructed by the General Medicine and Cancer Institutes Collaborative Access Team (GM/CA-CAT) in Sector 23 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) have been in growing demand owing to their outstanding beam quality and capacity to measure data from crystals of only a few micrometres in size. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art mechanical and optical design of these beamlines, a significant effort has been devoted to designing fast, convenient, intuitive and robust beamline controls that could easily accommodate new beamline developments. The GM/CA-CAT beamline controls are based on the power of EPICS for distributed hardware control, the rich Java graphical user interface of Eclipse RCP and the task-oriented philosophy as well as the look and feel of the successful SSRL BluIce graphical user interface for crystallography. These beamline controls feature a minimum number of software layers, the wide use of plug-ins that can be written in any language and unified motion controls that allow on-the-fly scanning and optimization of any beamline component. This paper describes the ways in which BluIce was combined with EPICS and converted into the Java-based JBluIce, discusses the solutions aimed at streamlining and speeding up operations and gives an overview of the tools that are provided by this new open-source control system for facilitating crystallographic experiments, especially in the field of microcrystallography. PMID:21358048

  14. JBluIce-EPICS control system for macromolecular crystallography.

    SciTech Connect

    Stepanov, S.; Makarov, O.; Hilgart, M.; Pothineni, S.; Urakhchin, A.; Devarapalli, S.; Yoder, D.; Becker, M.; Ogata, C.; Sanishvili, R.; Nagarajan, V.; Smith, J. L.; Fischetti, R. F.

    2011-01-01

    The trio of macromolecular crystallography beamlines constructed by the General Medicine and Cancer Institutes Collaborative Access Team (GM/CA-CAT) in Sector 23 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) have been in growing demand owing to their outstanding beam quality and capacity to measure data from crystals of only a few micrometres in size. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art mechanical and optical design of these beamlines, a significant effort has been devoted to designing fast, convenient, intuitive and robust beamline controls that could easily accommodate new beamline developments. The GM/CA-CAT beamline controls are based on the power of EPICS for distributed hardware control, the rich Java graphical user interface of Eclipse RCP and the task-oriented philosophy as well as the look and feel of the successful SSRL BluIce graphical user interface for crystallography. These beamline controls feature a minimum number of software layers, the wide use of plug-ins that can be written in any language and unified motion controls that allow on-the-fly scanning and optimization of any beamline component. This paper describes the ways in which BluIce was combined with EPICS and converted into the Java-based JBluIce, discusses the solutions aimed at streamlining and speeding up operations and gives an overview of the tools that are provided by this new open-source control system for facilitating crystallographic experiments, especially in the field of microcrystallography.

  15. Visualization of the atomic structure of solid solutions with the NaCl structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Babanov, Yu. A.; Ponomarev, D. A.; Ustinov, V. V.

    2015-04-01

    It has been shown how an atomic cluster for a solid solution with a rock salt structure can be constructed using the Pauling model. Simulation has been performed for 343000 ions of Ni x Zn1 - x O3 ( x = 0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0) oxide substitutional solid solutions. Coordinates of all cluster ions are obtained and distribution functions of ion pairs (Ni-O, Ni-Ni, Ni-Zn, Zn-Zn, Zn-O, O-O) are constructed as functions of distance. The shape of the normal distribution indicates the existence of bounded chaos in the system of oxide solid solutions. The width of the Gaussian distribution function is determined by the difference of metal ionic radii. The results are in agreement with both X-ray diffraction and EXAFS spectroscopy data.

  16. Romp: The Method of Choice for Precise Macromolecular Engineering and Synthesis of Smart Materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khosravi, Ezat; Castle, Thomas C.; Kujawa, Margaret; Leejarkpai, Jan; Hutchings, Lian R.; Hine, Peter J.

    The recent advances in olefin metathesis highlight the impact of Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation (ROMP) as a powerful technique for macromolecular engineering and synthesis of smart materials with well-defined structures. ROMP has attracted a considerable research attention recently particularly by industry largely due to the development of well-defined metal complexes as initiators and also because of the award of the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 2005 to three scientists (Chauvin, Grubbs, Schrock) for their contributions in this area. This chapter discusses several interesting examples in order to demonstrate that ROMP is a power tool in macromolecular engineering and that it allows the design and synthesis of polymers with novel topologies.

  17. webSDA: a web server to simulate macromolecular diffusional association

    PubMed Central

    Yu, Xiaofeng; Martinez, Michael; Gable, Annika L.; Fuller, Jonathan C.; Bruce, Neil J.; Richter, Stefan; Wade, Rebecca C.

    2015-01-01

    Macromolecular interactions play a crucial role in biological systems. Simulation of diffusional association (SDA) is a software for carrying out Brownian dynamics simulations that can be used to study the interactions between two or more biological macromolecules. webSDA allows users to run Brownian dynamics simulations with SDA to study bimolecular association and encounter complex formation, to compute association rate constants, and to investigate macromolecular crowding using atomically detailed macromolecular structures. webSDA facilitates and automates the use of the SDA software, and offers user-friendly visualization of results. webSDA currently has three modules: ‘SDA docking’ to generate structures of the diffusional encounter complexes of two macromolecules, ‘SDA association’ to calculate bimolecular diffusional association rate constants, and ‘SDA multiple molecules’ to simulate the diffusive motion of hundreds of macromolecules. webSDA is freely available to all users and there is no login requirement. webSDA is available at http://mcm.h-its.org/webSDA/. PMID:25883142

  18. webSDA: a web server to simulate macromolecular diffusional association.

    PubMed

    Yu, Xiaofeng; Martinez, Michael; Gable, Annika L; Fuller, Jonathan C; Bruce, Neil J; Richter, Stefan; Wade, Rebecca C

    2015-07-01

    Macromolecular interactions play a crucial role in biological systems. Simulation of diffusional association (SDA) is a software for carrying out Brownian dynamics simulations that can be used to study the interactions between two or more biological macromolecules. webSDA allows users to run Brownian dynamics simulations with SDA to study bimolecular association and encounter complex formation, to compute association rate constants, and to investigate macromolecular crowding using atomically detailed macromolecular structures. webSDA facilitates and automates the use of the SDA software, and offers user-friendly visualization of results. webSDA currently has three modules: 'SDA docking' to generate structures of the diffusional encounter complexes of two macromolecules, 'SDA association' to calculate bimolecular diffusional association rate constants, and 'SDA multiple molecules' to simulate the diffusive motion of hundreds of macromolecules. webSDA is freely available to all users and there is no login requirement. webSDA is available at http://mcm.h-its.org/webSDA/. PMID:25883142

  19. Elucidating transient macromolecular interactions using paramagnetic relaxation enhancement

    PubMed Central

    Clore, G. Marius; Tang, Chun; Iwahara, Junji

    2007-01-01

    Recent advances in the use of paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) in structure refinement and in the analysis of transient dynamic processes involved in macromolecular complex formation are presented. In the slow exchange regime, we show, using the SRY/DNA complex as an example, that the PRE provides a powerful tool that can lead to significant increases in the reliability and accuracy of NMR structure determinations. Refinement necessitates the use of an ensemble representation of the paramagnetic center and a model free extension of the Solomon-Bloembergen equations. In the fast exchange regime, the PRE provides insight into dynamic processes and the existence of transient, low population intermediate species. The PRE allows one to characterize dynamic non-specific binding of a protein to DNA; to directly demonstrate that the search process whereby a transcription factor locates its specific DNA target site involves both intramolecular (sliding) and intermolecular (hopping and intersegment transfer) translocation; and to detect and visualize the distribution of an ensemble of transient encounter complexes in protein-protein association. PMID:17913493

  20. Present status of SPring-8 macromolecular crystallography beamlines

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawano, Yoshiaki; Shimizu, Nobutaka; Baba, Seiki; Hasegawa, Kazuya; Makino, Masatomo; Mizuno, Nobuhiro; Hoshino, Takeshi; Ito, Ren; Wada, Izumi; Hirata, Kunio; Ueno, Go; Hikima, Takaaki; Murakami, Hironori; Maeda, Daisuke; Nisawa, Atsushi; Kumasaka, Takashi; Yamamoto, Masaki

    2010-06-01

    Seven beamlines are operated for macromolecular crystallography (MX) at SPring-8. The three undulator beamlines are developed for cutting edge target and four bending-magnet beamlines are developed for high throughput MX. The undulator beamline, BL41XU that provides the most brilliant beam, is dedicated to obtain high quality data even from small-size and weakly-diffracting crystals. The minimum beam size at sample position is achieved to 10 ?m diameter using a pin-hole collimator. Its photon flux at wavelength ? = 1.0 Å is 2.8×1011 photons/sec. This small beam coupled with irradiation point scanning method is quite useful to take diffraction dataset from small crystals by suppressing the radiation damage. These advanced technologies made a number of difficult protein structure analysis possible, (i.e. Sodium-potassium ATPase). The bending-magnet beamlines BL26B1/B2 and BL38B1 provide automatic data collection exploiting the high mobility of the beam. The beamline operation software "BSS," sample auto-changer "SPACE" and web-based data management software "D-Cha" have made the automatic data collection possible. The "Mail-in data collection system" that accepts distant users samples via courier service have made users possible to collect diffraction data without visiting SPring-8. The structural genomics research is promoted by these beamlines.

  1. Three Biomedical Beamlines at NSLS-II for Macromolecular Crystallography and Small-Angle Scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schneider, D. K.; Berman, L. E.; Chubar, O.; Hendrickson, W. A.; Hulbert, S. L.; Lucas, M.; Sweet, R. M.; Yang, L.

    2013-03-01

    We report on the status of the development of three beamlines for the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II), two for macromolecular crystallography (MX), and one for wide- and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this suite of Advanced Beamlines for Biological Investigations with X-rays (ABBIX) is scheduled to begin operation by 2015. The two MX beamlines share a sector with identical canted in-vacuum undulators (IVU21). The microfocusing FMX beamline on the inboard branch employs a two-stage horizontal source demagnification scheme, will cover an energy range of 5 - 23 keV, and at 12.7 keV will focus a flux of up to 1013 ph/s into a spot of 1 ?m width. The companion AMX beamline on the short outboard branch of the sector is tunable in the range of 5 - 18 keV and has a native focus of 4 ?m (h) × 2 ?m (v). This robust beamline will be highly automated, have high throughput capabilities, and with larger beams and low divergence will be well suited for structure determinations on large complexes. The high brightness SAXS beamline, LIX, will provide multiple dynamic and static experimental systems to support scientific programs in solution scattering, membrane structure determination, and tissue imaging. It will occupy a different sector, equipped with a single in-vacuum undulator (IVU23). It can produce beams as small as 1 ?m across, and with a broad energy range of 2.1 - 18 keV it will support anomalous SAXS.

  2. Miniaturized kappa goniometer for macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Rosenbaum, G.; Westbrook, E.M.

    1997-07-01

    A goniometer with kappa geometry has been designed and built specifically for macromolecular crystallography. The main feature is a miniaturized kappa stage made possible by the small weight of specimen and specimen holder. The design goal was to: 1) eliminate interference between stage and area detector for specimen-to-detector distances of 100 mm and more; 2) minimize the sphere of confusion on expectation of dealing with very small crystals at third generation sources; 3) minimize the solid angle of shadow and inaccessible positioning of the sample due to interference of the stage with other objects in the sample area; 4) achieve a rotation speed of 10 degree/s at 0.5{percent} constancy and 0.4 s acceleration time for 0.05 s exposures of 0.2 degree fine slice frames every 2 seconds, and 5) to achieve precise synchronization between rotation angle and shutter opening and closing. The kappa stage is mounted on a commercial high precision rotary table, designed for use in both horizontal and vertical orientation. This table provides the high precision rotation for data acquisition. The required crisp response and constant speed is delivered by a high output direct drive DC-motor, controlled by a closed-loop controller using feedback from a precision angular encoder. The kappa- and phi-motions are used for sample positioning only and are driven by miniature DC-motors equipped with integral encoders.{copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Miniaturized kappa goniometer for macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Rosenbaum, G.; Westbrook, E. M.

    1997-07-01

    A goniometer with kappa geometry has been designed and built specifically for macromolecular crystallography. The main feature is a miniaturized kappa stage made possible by the small weight of specimen and specimen holder. The design goal was to: 1) eliminate interference between stage and area detector for specimen-to-detector distances of 100 mm and more; 2) minimize the sphere of confusion on expectation of dealing with very small crystals at third generation sources; 3) minimize the solid angle of shadow and inaccessible positioning of the sample due to interference of the stage with other objects in the sample area; 4) achieve a rotation speed of 10 degree/s at 0.5% constancy and 0.4 s acceleration time for 0.05 s exposures of 0.2 degree fine slice frames every 2 seconds, and 5) to achieve precise synchronization between rotation angle and shutter opening and closing. The kappa stage is mounted on a commercial high precision rotary table, designed for use in both horizontal and vertical orientation. This table provides the high precision rotation for data acquisition. The required crisp response and constant speed is delivered by a high output direct drive DC-motor, controlled by a closed-loop controller using feedback from a precision angular encoder. The kappa- and phi-motions are used for sample positioning only and are driven by miniature DC-motors equipped with integral encoders.

  4. Self-assembled Structures of a Multifunctional, Structured Block Copolymer in Solution; A SANS Study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Etampawala, Thusitha; Senanayake, Manjula; Osti, Naresh; He, Lilin; Heller, William; Perahia, Dvora

    2014-03-01

    The self-assembly of multi block copolymer in solutions is controlled by a delicate balance between inherent phase segregation due to incompatibility of the blocks and the interactions of the individual blocks with the solvent. We investigated the association of ABCBA penta-block copolymers, in solution using Small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The ABCBA penta-block comprises of centered randomly sulfonated polystyrene block to which rubbery polyisoprene is connected, terminated by blocks of polystyrene decorated with tertiary butyl group, kindly provided by Kraton LLC. The SANS studies have shown that the penta-block forms ellipsoidal core-shell structures with the sulfonated polystyrene in the core and Gaussian decaying chains of swollen polyisoprene and tertiary butyl polystyrene in the corona. The size of the micelle, the thickness of the corona and the aggregation number increased with increasing the solution concentration and temperature, while the solvent fraction in the core decreased. The dilute solutions promptly responded to thermal fluctuations. However, the temperature effects disappeared with increasing the solution concentration.

  5. NON-STRUCTURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS FOR THE LOWER FRASER VALLEY,

    E-print Network

    NON-STRUCTURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS FOR THE LOWER FRASER VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA by Tamsin of Project: Non-Structural Flood Management Solutions for the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia Examining storage capacity flood hazard reduction has traditionally been achieved using engineered structures

  6. Ultrasoft primitive model of polyionic solutions: structure, aggregation, and dynamics.

    PubMed

    Coslovich, Daniele; Hansen, Jean-Pierre; Kahl, Gerhard

    2011-06-28

    We introduce an ultrasoft core model of interpenetrating polycations and polyanions, with continuous Gaussian charge distributions, to investigate polyelectrolyte aggregation in dilute and semi-dilute salt-free solutions. The model is studied by a combination of approximate theories (random phase approximation and hypernetted chain theory) and numerical simulations. The calculated pair structure, thermodynamics, phase diagram, and polyion dynamics of the symmetric version of the model (the "ultrasoft restricted primitive model" or UPRM) differ from the corresponding properties of the widely studied "restricted primitive model" (RPM) where ions have hard cores. At sufficiently low temperatures and densities, oppositely charged polyions form weakly interacting, polarizable neutral pairs. The clustering probabilities, dielectric behavior, and electrical conductivity point to a line of sharp conductor-insulator transitions in the density-temperature plane. At very low temperatures, the conductor-insulator transition line terminates near the top of a first order coexistence curve separating a high-density liquid phase from a low-density vapor phase. The simulation data hint at a tricritical behavior, reminiscent of that observed for the two-dimensional Coulomb gas, which contrasts with the Ising criticality of its three-dimensional counterpart, the RPM. PMID:21721650

  7. a Procedural Solution to Model Roman Masonry Structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cappellini, V.; Saleri, R.; Stefani, C.; Nony, N.; De Luca, L.

    2013-07-01

    The paper will describe a new approach based on the development of a procedural modelling methodology for archaeological data representation. This is a custom-designed solution based on the recognition of the rules belonging to the construction methods used in roman times. We have conceived a tool for 3D reconstruction of masonry structures starting from photogrammetric surveying. Our protocol considers different steps. Firstly we have focused on the classification of opus based on the basic interconnections that can lead to a descriptive system used for their unequivocal identification and design. Secondly, we have chosen an automatic, accurate, flexible and open-source photogrammetric pipeline named Pastis Apero Micmac - PAM, developed by IGN (Paris). We have employed it to generate ortho-images from non-oriented images, using a user-friendly interface implemented by CNRS Marseille (France). Thirdly, the masonry elements are created in parametric and interactive way, and finally they are adapted to the photogrammetric data. The presented application, currently under construction, is developed with an open source programming language called Processing, useful for visual, animated or static, 2D or 3D, interactive creations. Using this computer language, a Java environment has been developed. Therefore, even if the procedural modelling reveals an accuracy level inferior to the one obtained by manual modelling (brick by brick), this method can be useful when taking into account the static evaluation on buildings (requiring quantitative aspects) and metric measures for restoration purposes.

  8. Structure Formation in Semi-Dilute Polymer Solution during Electrospinning

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zussman, Eyal; Paley, Yakov; Arinstein, Arkadii; Shuster, Kim

    2012-02-01

    In our recent work it was shown that longitudinal stretching of electrospun highly entangled semi-dilute polymer solution caused by jet hydrodynamic forces, transforms the topological network to an almost fully-stretched state within less than 1 mm from the jet start (PRE, 2011). Further evolution of the polymer network is related to a disentanglement of polymer chains and transformation of the topological network structure. As was sown by Malkin et al., (Rheol. Acta, 2011) high deformation rate of a topological polymer network, results in reptations of macromolecules caused by uncompensated local forces, whereas Brownian motion effect is negligible. Based on this conclusion, we examine the disentanglement process, using a mechanical pulley-block system assembled from multiple pulleys suspended by elastic springs, and taut string connecting two blocks. Each pulley corresponds to a topological knot; the taut string corresponds to a reptated chain; the springs correspond to surrounded polymer chains; and the blocks correspond to local deformation force. It turned out that the system is sensitive to system parameters. The pulleys can approach each other and the string stops to move. Such a behavior corresponds to formation of bundle of knots of entangled chains. In other conditions, the string continuously moves while the pulleys did not approach each other which corresponds to disentanglement of polymer chains. These experiments clarify the disentanglement kinetics in rapid-deformed polymer system.

  9. JBlulce Data Acquisition Software for Macromolecular Crystallography

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2010-06-01

    JBlulce (Java Beam Line Universal Integrated Configuration Environment is a data acquisition software for macromolecular crystallography conforming user interface of the SSRL Blulce that has become a de-factor standard in the field. Besides this interface conformity, JBlulce is a unique system in terms of architecture, speec, capability and osftware implementation. It features only two software layers, the JBlulce clients and the EPICS servers, as compared to three layers present in Blulc and most of similarmore »systems. This layers reduction provides a faster communication with hardware and an easier access to advanced hardware capabilities like on-the-fly scanning. Then JBlulc clients are designed to operate in parallel with the other beamline controls which streamlines the tasks performed by staff such as beamline preparation, maitenance, audting and user assistance. Another distinction is the deployment of multiple plugins that can be written in any programming languag thus involving more staff into the development. further on, JBlulce makes use of unified motion controls allowing for easy scanning and optimizing of any beamline component. Finally, the graphic interface is implemented in Java making full use of rich Java libraries and Jave IDE for debugging. to compare, Blulce user interface is implemented with aging Tcl/tk language providing very restricted capabilities. JBlulce makes full use of the industrial power and wide drivers selection of EPICS in controlling hardware; all hardware commuication is routed via multiple EPICS servers residing on local area network. JBlulce also includes several EPICS State Notation servers aimed at making hardware communication more robust. Besides using EPICS for controlling hardware, JBlulce extensively uses EPICS databases for efficien communications between multiple instances of JBlulce clients and JBlulce pplugins that can run in parallel on different computers. All of the above makes JBlulce one of the biggest and most sophisticated EPICS client projects to date. JBlulce configuraion is stored in my SQL database which provides flexibility in tuning the system. The database is also accessible by the plugins. From the users perspective JBlulce provides all standard features of data acquisition software for macromolecular crystallography plus such unique capabilities as:one click beamline energy change that may involve switching undulator harmonics, mirrors lanes and beam realignment, automated diffraction rtastering for finding small crystals and swwet spots on poorly diffracting crystals with automated scoring of raster cells by the number of reflections; data collection along a vector; automated on-the-fly fluorescent tastering, a faster and lower-irradiation compliment to the diffraction raster; fully automated fluorescence measurements for MAD that include signal optimization, fast on the fly energy scanning and automated adapting of scan range to chemical shifts; fly-scan mimibeam realighment; automated loop and crystal centering, controls for sample automounter, automated screening, data collectin audting, remoate access and a lot more.« less

  10. JBlulce Data Acquisition Software for Macromolecular Crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    2010-06-01

    JBlulce (Java Beam Line Universal Integrated Configuration Environment is a data acquisition software for macromolecular crystallography conforming user interface of the SSRL Blulce that has become a de-factor standard in the field. Besides this interface conformity, JBlulce is a unique system in terms of architecture, speec, capability and osftware implementation. It features only two software layers, the JBlulce clients and the EPICS servers, as compared to three layers present in Blulc and most of similar systems. This layers reduction provides a faster communication with hardware and an easier access to advanced hardware capabilities like on-the-fly scanning. Then JBlulc clients are designed to operate in parallel with the other beamline controls which streamlines the tasks performed by staff such as beamline preparation, maitenance, audting and user assistance. Another distinction is the deployment of multiple plugins that can be written in any programming languag thus involving more staff into the development. further on, JBlulce makes use of unified motion controls allowing for easy scanning and optimizing of any beamline component. Finally, the graphic interface is implemented in Java making full use of rich Java libraries and Jave IDE for debugging. to compare, Blulce user interface is implemented with aging Tcl/tk language providing very restricted capabilities. JBlulce makes full use of the industrial power and wide drivers selection of EPICS in controlling hardware; all hardware commuication is routed via multiple EPICS servers residing on local area network. JBlulce also includes several EPICS State Notation servers aimed at making hardware communication more robust. Besides using EPICS for controlling hardware, JBlulce extensively uses EPICS databases for efficien communications between multiple instances of JBlulce clients and JBlulce pplugins that can run in parallel on different computers. All of the above makes JBlulce one of the biggest and most sophisticated EPICS client projects to date. JBlulce configuraion is stored in my SQL database which provides flexibility in tuning the system. The database is also accessible by the plugins. From the users perspective JBlulce provides all standard features of data acquisition software for macromolecular crystallography plus such unique capabilities as:one click beamline energy change that may involve switching undulator harmonics, mirrors lanes and beam realignment, automated diffraction rtastering for finding small crystals and swwet spots on poorly diffracting crystals with automated scoring of raster cells by the number of reflections; data collection along a vector; automated on-the-fly fluorescent tastering, a faster and lower-irradiation compliment to the diffraction raster; fully automated fluorescence measurements for MAD that include signal optimization, fast on the fly energy scanning and automated adapting of scan range to chemical shifts; fly-scan mimibeam realighment; automated loop and crystal centering, controls for sample automounter, automated screening, data collectin audting, remoate access and a lot more.

  11. Synchrotron radiation macromolecular crystallography: science and spin-offs

    PubMed Central

    Helliwell, John R.; Mitchell, Edward P.

    2015-01-01

    A current overview of synchrotron radiation (SR) in macromolecular crystallography (MX) instrumentation, methods and applications is presented. Automation has been and remains a central development in the last decade, as have the rise of remote access and of industrial service provision. Results include a high number of Protein Data Bank depositions, with an increasing emphasis on the successful use of microcrystals. One future emphasis involves pushing the frontiers of using higher and lower photon energies. With the advent of X-ray free-electron lasers, closely linked to SR developments, the use of ever smaller samples such as nanocrystals, nanoclusters and single molecules is anticipated, as well as the opening up of femtosecond time-resolved diffraction structural studies. At SR sources, a very high-throughput assessment for the best crystal samples and the ability to tackle just a few micron and sub-micron crystals will become widespread. With higher speeds and larger detectors, diffraction data volumes are becoming long-term storage and archiving issues; the implications for today and the future are discussed. Together with the rise of the storage ring to its current pre-eminence in MX data provision, the growing tendency of central facility sites to offer other centralized facilities complementary to crystallography, such as cryo-electron microscopy and NMR, is a welcome development. PMID:25866664

  12. Synchrotron radiation macromolecular crystallography: science and spin-offs.

    PubMed

    Helliwell, John R; Mitchell, Edward P

    2015-03-01

    A current overview of synchrotron radiation (SR) in macromolecular crystallography (MX) instrumentation, methods and applications is presented. Automation has been and remains a central development in the last decade, as have the rise of remote access and of industrial service provision. Results include a high number of Protein Data Bank depositions, with an increasing emphasis on the successful use of microcrystals. One future emphasis involves pushing the frontiers of using higher and lower photon energies. With the advent of X-ray free-electron lasers, closely linked to SR developments, the use of ever smaller samples such as nanocrystals, nanoclusters and single molecules is anticipated, as well as the opening up of femtosecond time-resolved diffraction structural studies. At SR sources, a very high-throughput assessment for the best crystal samples and the ability to tackle just a few micron and sub-micron crystals will become widespread. With higher speeds and larger detectors, diffraction data volumes are becoming long-term storage and archiving issues; the implications for today and the future are discussed. Together with the rise of the storage ring to its current pre-eminence in MX data provision, the growing tendency of central facility sites to offer other centralized facilities complementary to crystallography, such as cryo-electron microscopy and NMR, is a welcome development. PMID:25866664

  13. Macromolecular networks and intelligence in microorganisms

    PubMed Central

    Westerhoff, Hans V.; Brooks, Aaron N.; Simeonidis, Evangelos; García-Contreras, Rodolfo; He, Fei; Boogerd, Fred C.; Jackson, Victoria J.; Goncharuk, Valeri; Kolodkin, Alexey

    2014-01-01

    Living organisms persist by virtue of complex interactions among many components organized into dynamic, environment-responsive networks that span multiple scales and dimensions. Biological networks constitute a type of information and communication technology (ICT): they receive information from the outside and inside of cells, integrate and interpret this information, and then activate a response. Biological networks enable molecules within cells, and even cells themselves, to communicate with each other and their environment. We have become accustomed to associating brain activity – particularly activity of the human brain – with a phenomenon we call “intelligence.” Yet, four billion years of evolution could have selected networks with topologies and dynamics that confer traits analogous to this intelligence, even though they were outside the intercellular networks of the brain. Here, we explore how macromolecular networks in microbes confer intelligent characteristics, such as memory, anticipation, adaptation and reflection and we review current understanding of how network organization reflects the type of intelligence required for the environments in which they were selected. We propose that, if we were to leave terms such as “human” and “brain” out of the defining features of “intelligence,” all forms of life – from microbes to humans – exhibit some or all characteristics consistent with “intelligence.” We then review advances in genome-wide data production and analysis, especially in microbes, that provide a lens into microbial intelligence and propose how the insights derived from quantitatively characterizing biomolecular networks may enable synthetic biologists to create intelligent molecular networks for biotechnology, possibly generating new forms of intelligence, first in silico and then in vivo. PMID:25101076

  14. Macromolecular Topography Leaps into the Digital Age

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lovelace, J.; Bellamy, H.; Snell, E. H.; Borgstahl, G.

    2003-01-01

    A low-cost, real-time digital topography system is under development which will replace x-ray film and nuclear emulsion plates. The imaging system is based on an inexpensive surveillance camera that offers a 1000x1000 array of 8 im square pixels, anti-blooming circuitry, and very quick read out. Currently, the system directly converts x-rays to an image with no phosphor. The system is small and light and can be easily adapted to work with other crystallographic equipment. Preliminary images have been acquired of cubic insulin at the NSLS x26c beam line. NSLS x26c was configured for unfocused monochromatic radiation. Six reflections were collected with stills spaced from 0.002 to 0.001 degrees apart across the entire oscillation range that the reflections were in diffracting condition. All of the reflections were rotated to the vertical to reduce Lorentz and beam related effects. This particular CCD is designed for short exposure applications (much less than 1 sec) and so has a relatively high dark current leading to noisy raw images. The images are processed to remove background and other system noise with a multi-step approach including the use of wavelets, histogram, and mean window filtering. After processing, animations were constructed with the corresponding reflection profile to show the diffraction of the crystal volume vs. the oscillation angle as well as composite images showing the parts of the crystal with the strongest diffraction for each reflection. The final goal is to correlate features seen in reflection profiles captured with fine phi slicing to those seen in the topography images. With this development macromolecular topography finally comes into the digital age.

  15. Formation Mechanisms, Structure, Solution Behavior, and Reactivity of Aminodiborane.

    PubMed

    Li, Huizhen; Ma, Nana; Meng, Wenjuan; Gallucci, Judith; Qiu, Yongqing; Li, Shujun; Zhao, Qianyi; Zhang, Jie; Zhao, Ji-Cheng; Chen, Xuenian

    2015-09-30

    A facile synthesis of cyclic aminodiborane (NH2B2H5, ADB) from ammonia borane (NH3·BH3, AB) and THF·BH3 has made it possible to determine its important characteristics. Ammonia diborane (NH3BH2(?-H)BH3, AaDB) and aminoborane (NH2BH2, AoB) were identified as key intermediates in the formation of ADB. Elimination of molecular hydrogen occurred from an ion pair, [H2B(NH3) (THF)](+)[BH4](-). Protic-hydridic hydrogen scrambling was proved on the basis of analysis of the molecular hydrogen products, ADB and other reagents through (2)H NMR and MS, and it was proposed that the scrambling occurred as the ion pair reversibly formed a BH5-like intermediate, [(THF)BH2NH2](?(2)-H2)BH3. Loss of molecular hydrogen from the ion pair led to the formation of AoB, most of which was trapped by BH3 to form ADB with a small amount oligomerizing to (NH2BH2)n. Theoretical calculations showed the thermodynamic feasibility of the proposed intermediates and the activation processes. The structure of the ADB·THF complex was found from X-ray single crystal analysis to be a three-dimensional array of zigzag chains of ADB and THF, maintained by hydrogen and dihydrogen bonding. Room temperature exchange of terminal and bridge hydrogens in ADB was observed in THF solution, while such exchange was not observed in diethyl ether or toluene. Both experimental and theoretical results confirm that the B-H-B bridge in ADB is stronger than that in diborane (B2H6, DB). The B-H-B bridge is opened when ADB and NaH react to form sodium aminodiboronate, Na[NH2(BH3)2]. The structure of the sodium salt as its 18-crown-6 ether adduct was determined by X-ray single crystal analysis. PMID:26335760

  16. Structure of supersaturated solution and crystal nucleation induced by diffusion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ooshima, Hiroshi; Igarashi, Koichi; Iwasa, Hideo; Yamamoto, Ren

    2013-06-01

    The effect of a seed crystal on nucleation of L-alanine from a quiescent supersaturated solution was investigated. When a seed crystal was not used, nucleation did not occur at least for 5 h. When a seed crystal was introduced into the supersaturated solution with careful attention to avoid convection of the solution, fine crystals appeared at the place far from the seed crystal. At that time, there was no convection at the place that fine crystals appeared. Namely, there was no possibility that those fine crystals came from the surface of seed crystal. We supposed that nucleation was induced by directional diffusion of solute molecules caused by growth of the seed crystal. In order to prove this hypothesis, we designed an experiment using an apparatus composed of two compartments divided by a dialysis membrane that L-alanine molecules could freely permeate. Two supersaturated solutions having a supersaturation ratio of 1.2 and a smaller ratio were placed in the two compartments in the absence of seed crystals. This apparatus allowed the directional diffusion of solute molecules between two solutions. Nucleation occurred within 30 min. The frequency of nucleation among 7-times repeated experiments was in proportion to the difference of supersaturation ratio between the two solutions. This result poses a new mechanism of the secondary nucleation that the directional diffusion caused by growth of existing crystals induces nucleation.

  17. Aromatic moieties in meteoritic macromolecular materials: analyses by hydrous pyrolysis and ? 13C of individual compounds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sephton, M. A.; Pillinger, C. T.; Gilmour, I.

    2000-01-01

    Hydrous pyrolysis, supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), gas chromatography-mass-spectrometry (GC-MS) and isotope ratio monitoring-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (irm-GC-MS) were used to investigate the constitution of macromolecular materials in meteorites. Results from the carbonaceous chondrites Orgueil (CI1) and Cold Bokkeveld (CM2) were compared with those obtained previously from Murchison (CM2). Fragments of meteoritic macromolecular materials were produced by hydrous pyrolysis, extracted by SFE, and identified by GC-MS. The CI1 and CM2 hydrous pyrolysates all contain volatile aromatic compounds, some of which have aliphatic side chains, hydroxyl groups, and thiophene rings attached. The results indicate that the macromolecular materials in these meteorites are qualitatively similar. However, the pyrolysates show significant quantitative differences, with the products of ether linkages and condensed aromatic networks being less abundant in the more aqueously altered meteorites. In addition, the methylnaphthalene maturity parameter negatively correlates with aqueous alteration. These features are interpreted as the result of chemical reactions favored under hydrous conditions. Hence, the extent of aqueous alteration on the meteorite parent body appears to be the most important evolutionary stage in determining the final structure of macromolecular materials in the CI1 and CM2 meteorites. The carbon isotopic compositions of the fragments of macromolecular materials were determined by irm-GC-MS. ? 13C values for the hydrous pyrolysis products range from -25.5 to -10.2‰ for Orgueil and -22.9 to +4.0‰ for Cold Bokkeveld. These values can be compared to the -24.6 to -5.6‰ range obtained previously for Murchison. The low molecular weight components in each hydrous pyrolysate display shifts to increased 13C contents with carbon number. This indicates the production of simple organic entities by the preferential cracking of 12C- 12C bonds in more complex starting materials. The shifts extend from C 7 to C 8 for Orgueil and Cold Bokkeveld but from C 7 to C 10 for Murchison. Higher molecular weight components for all of the hydrous pyrolysates show a general trend of decreasing 13C content with carbon number. The higher molecular weight features can be explained by the preferential addition of 12C during the primary synthesis of the macromolecular materials. In addition, ? 13C values for the methylnaphthalenes are consistent with the addition of 12C to the most reactive site on the naphthalene parent molecule providing supporting evidence for synthesis. Hence, the macromolecular materials are composed of organic units created by both synthesis and cracking. Therefore, secondary processing by liquid water on the meteorite parent body exerts a strong control on the final molecular architecture of meteoritic macromolecular materials. Yet, the carbon isotopic compositions of some individual moieties may retain a record of primary synthesis.

  18. The Lunar Internal Structure Model: Problems and Solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nefedyev, Yuri; Gusev, Alexander; Petrova, Natalia; Varaksina, Natalia

    The report is devoted the problems of the internal structure and gravitational field of the Moon. New data received from 14 newest instruments installed on low-orbit satellite Kaguya essentially enriched our knowledge of the Moon. Chinese satellite ChagE-1 and Indian ?handrayan-1 have demonstrated strong potential of China and India in the field of lunar research and obtained new data on gravitational field, mascons, crust, and geochemical composition of the circumlunar space. Internal structure of the Moon: There are some essential arguments in favor of existence of a small-sized Moon’s core made of metallic iron alloyed with a small amount of sulfur and/or oxygen, and availability of hot viscous lower mantle. Structure of gravitational field of the Moon, determined by the comparison of high-precision trajectory measurements by Lunar Prospector (1998- 1999) with the results of laser altimetry obtained by Clementine (1994), as well as with data sets of laser ranging of the Moon (1970-2006), assumes the presence of a metal core. Interpretation of the polar moment value within the framework of chemical, thermal and density models of lunar crust and mantle informed conclusions about the weight and size of the core. LLR analysis of dissipation of rotation of the Moon points at two possible sources of dissipation: monthly solid-state inflows and liquid core, rotation of which differs from viscous-elastic mantle. Liquid (melted) core has its unique impact on the Moon’s rotation. In particular, there are two force moments due to topographical and phase interaction at the boundary between liquid core and elastic mantle (CMB). Liquid core can rotate independently from solid mantle Selenoid satellites (SS) open new and most perspective opportunities in the study of gravitational field and the Moon’s figure. SSs “Moon 10”, “Apollo”, “Clementine”, “Lunar Prospector” trajectory tracking data processing has allowed for identification of coefficients in decomposition of gravitational field of the Moon of members up to 165th order with a high degree of accuracy. Judging from the given data, the distinctive feature of the Moon’s gravitational field is that harmonics of the third and even the fourth order are comparable with harmonics of the second order, except for member J2. General conclusion: according to recent data, the true figure of the Moon is much more complex than a three-axis ellipsoid. Gravitational field and dynamic figure of the multilayered Moon: One of the main goals of selenodesy is the study of a dynamic figure of the Moon which determines distribution of the mass within the Moon’s body. A dynamic figure is shaped by the inertia ellipsoid set by values of resultant moments of inertia of the Moon A, B, C and their orientation in space. Selenoid satellites (SS) open new and most perspective opportunities in the study of gravitational field and the Moon’s figure. SSs “Moon 10”, “Apollo”, “Clementine”, “Lunar Prospector” trajectory tracking data processing has allowed for identification of coefficients in decomposition of gravitational field of the Moon of members up to 165th order with a high degree of accuracy. Judging from the given data, the distinctive feature of the Moon’s gravitational field is that harmonics of the third and even the fourth order are comparable with harmonics of the second order. Difference from zero of c-coefficients proves asymmetry of gravitational fields on the visible and invisible sides of the Moon. As a first attempt at solving the problem, the report presents the survey of internal structure of the Moon, tabulated values of geophysical parameters and geophysical profile of the Moon, including liquid lunar core, analytical solution of Clairaut’s equation for the two-layer model of the Moon; mathematical and bifurcational analysis of solution based on physically justified task options; original debugged software in VBA programming language for computer generated simulation for various intervals of radiuses, values of geometrical compression

  19. Remote Access to the PXRR Macromolecular Crystallography Facilities at the NSLS

    SciTech Connect

    A Soares; D Schneider; J Skinner; M Cowan; R Buono; H Robinson; A Heroux; M Carlucci-Dayton; A Saxena; R Sweet

    2011-12-31

    The most recent surge of innovations that have simplified and streamlined the process of determining macromolecular structures by crystallography owes much to the efforts of the structural genomics community. However, this was only the last step in a long evolution that saw the metamorphosis of crystallography from an heroic effort that involved years of dedication and skill into a straightforward measurement that is occasionally almost trivial. Many of the steps in this remarkable odyssey involved reducing the physical labor that is demanded of experimenters in the field. Other steps reduced the technical expertise required for conducting those experiments.

  20. Remote Access to the PXRR Macromolecular Crystallography Facilities at the NSLS

    SciTech Connect

    Soares, A.S.; Schneider, D. K.; Skinner, J. M.; Cowan, M.; Buono, R.; Robinson, H. H.; Heroux, A.; Carlucci-Dayton, M.; Saxena, A.; Sweet, R. M.

    2008-09-01

    The most recent surge of innovations that have simplified and streamlined the process of determining macromolecular structures by crystallography owes much to the efforts of the structural genomics community. However, this was only the last step in a long evolution that saw the metamorphosis of crystallography from an heroic effort that involved years of dedication and skill into a straightforward measurement that is occasionally almost trivial. Many of the steps in this remarkable odyssey involved reducing the physical labor that is demanded of experimenters in the field. Other steps reduced the technical expertise required for conducting those experiments.

  1. Thermodynamic anomalies and structural fluctuations in aqueous solutions of tertiary butyl alcohol

    E-print Network

    Deepa Subramanian; Jeffery B. Klauda; Jan Leys; Mikhail A. Anisimov

    2013-08-16

    In this work, we discuss the connection between the anomalies of the thermodynamic properties, experimentally observed in tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and water solutions, and the molecular clustering in these solutions, as revealed by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. These anomalies are observed in relatively dilute solutions of about 0.03 to 0.08 mole fraction of TBA and become more pronounced at low temperatures. MD simulations show that these solutions exhibit shortranged (order of 1 nm), shortlived (tens of picoseconds) "micelle-like" structural fluctuations in the same concentration range. We attribute the anomalies in the thermodynamic properties of aqueous TBA solutions to these structural fluctuations on the molecular scale.

  2. Application of finite-element-based solution technologies for viscoplastic structural analyses

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Arya, V. K.

    1990-01-01

    Finite-element solution technology developed for use in conjunction with advanced viscoplastic models is described. The development of such solution technology is necessary for performing stress/life analyses of engineering structural problems where the complex geometries and loadings make the conventional analytical solutions difficult. The versatility of the solution technology is demonstrated by applying it to viscoplastic models possessing different mathematical structures and encompassing isotropic and anisotropic material. The computational results qualitatively replicate deformation behavior observed in experiments on prototypical structural components.

  3. Spacetime structure of 5D hypercylindrical vacuum solutions with tension

    E-print Network

    Inyong Cho; Gungwon Kang; Sang Pyo Kim; Chul H. Lee

    2008-09-17

    We investigate geometrical properties of 5D cylindrical vacuum solutions with a transverse spherical symmetry. The metric is uniform along the fifth direction and characterized by tension and mass densities. The solutions are classified by the tension-to-mass ratio. One particular example is the well-known Schwarzschild black string which has a curvature singularity enclosed by a horizon. We focus mainly on geometry of other solutions which possess a naked singularity. The light signal emitted by an object approaching the singularity reaches a distant observer with finite time, but is infinitely red-shifted.

  4. Solution Structure and Backbone Dynamics of the Holo Form of the Frenolicin Acyl Carrier Protein,)

    E-print Network

    Puglisi, Joseph

    Solution Structure and Backbone Dynamics of the Holo Form of the Frenolicin Acyl Carrier Protein-phosphopantetheine prosthetic group of a holo-ACP is a long and flexible arm that can reach into different active linkage. We have determined the solution structure and characterized backbone dynamics of the holo form

  5. Three-dimensional Solution Structure of the Cytoplasmic B Domain of the Mannitol Transporter IIMannitol

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    Three-dimensional Solution Structure of the Cytoplasmic B Domain of the Mannitol Transporter, Maryland 20892-0520 The solution structure of the cytoplasmic B domain of the mannitol (Mtl) transporter insertions relative to IIBMtl ) and the cytoplasmic B component of enzyme IIChb , which fulfills an analo

  6. Water structure changes induced by hydrophobic and polar solutes revealed by simulations and infrared spectroscopy

    E-print Network

    Sharp, Kim

    Water structure changes induced by hydrophobic and polar solutes revealed by simulations on a water structure. The ionic solutes increase the mean water­ water H-bond angle in their first hydration shell concomitantly shifting the OH stretching mode to higher frequency, and shifting the HOH bending

  7. The structure of water in solutions containing di- and trivalent cations by empirical potential structure refinement

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bowron, Daniel T.; Díaz Moreno, Sofia

    2013-11-01

    Empirical potential structure refinement (EPSR) has been used to build experimentally consistent models of a range of electrolyte solutions containing di- and trivalent cations: Cu(ClO4)2 at concentrations of 0.5 and 2.0 m, and Cr(NO3)3, YCl3 and LaCl3 at a concentration of 1.0 m. The resulting models are used to investigate the perturbation of these electrolytes on the pair distribution and triplet angle correlations between solvent water molecules, compared with those found in the pure solvent. The results elucidate the differences that derive from the reflected range of highly structured local cation environments and provide a complementary viewpoint on the hydration shell geometries.

  8. JBluIce–EPICS control system for macromolecular crystallography

    PubMed Central

    Stepanov, Sergey; Makarov, Oleg; Hilgart, Mark; Pothineni, Sudhir Babu; Urakhchin, Alex; Devarapalli, Satish; Yoder, Derek; Becker, Michael; Ogata, Craig; Sanishvili, Ruslan; Venugopalan, Nagarajan; Smith, Janet L.; Fischetti, Robert F.

    2011-01-01

    The trio of macromolecular crystallography beamlines constructed by the General Medicine and Cancer Institutes Collaborative Access Team (GM/CA-CAT) in Sector 23 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) have been in growing demand owing to their outstanding beam quality and capacity to measure data from crystals of only a few micrometres in size. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art mechanical and optical design of these beamlines, a significant effort has been devoted to designing fast, convenient, intuitive and robust beamline controls that could easily accommodate new beamline developments. The GM/CA-CAT beamline controls are based on the power of EPICS for distributed hardware control, the rich Java graphical user interface of Eclipse RCP and the task-oriented philosophy as well as the look and feel of the successful SSRL BluIce graphical user interface for crystallography. These beamline controls feature a minimum number of software layers, the wide use of plug-ins that can be written in any language and unified motion controls that allow on-the-fly scanning and optimization of any beamline com­ponent. This paper describes the ways in which BluIce was combined with EPICS and converted into the Java-based JBluIce, discusses the solutions aimed at streamlining and speeding up operations and gives an overview of the tools that are provided by this new open-source control system for facilitating crystallo­graphic experiments, especially in the field of microcrystallo­graphy. PMID:21358048

  9. Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics Lecture: Line 'Em All Up: Macromolecular Assembly at Liquid Interfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Richmond, Geraldine

    2013-03-01

    Advances in our molecular level understanding of the ubiquitous fluid interface comprised of a hydrophobic fluid medium, and an aqueous solution of soluble ions and solutes has been slow until recently. This more recent upsurge in interest and progress comes from advances in both experimental and computational techniques as well as the increasingly important role that this interface is playing in such areas as green chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, improved oil and mineral recovery and water purification. The presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding (1) the molecular structure of the interface between two immiscible liquids, (2) the penetration of aqueous phase ions into the interfacial region and their effect on its properties, and (3) the structure and dynamics of the adsorption of surfactants, polymers and nanoparticles at this interface. To gain insights into these processes we use a combination of vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy, surface tension measurements using the pendant drop method, and molecular dynamics simulations. The results demonstrate that weak interactions between interfacial oil and water molecules create an interface that exhibits a high degree of molecular structuring and ordering, and with properties quite different than what is observed at the air-water interface. As a consequence of these interfacial oil-water interactions, the interface provides a unique environment for the adsorption and assembly of ions, polymers and nanoparticles that are drawn to its inner-most regions. Examples of our studies that provide new insights into the unique nature of adsorption, adsorption dynamics and macromolecular assembly at this interface will be provided.

  10. Structure and interaction among protein and nanoparticle mixture in solution: Effect of temperature

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kundu, Sarathi; Das, Kaushik; Mehan, S.; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, Joachim

    2015-11-01

    Structure and interaction among globular protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) and silica nanoparticle mixtures in solutions have been studied using small angle neutron scattering technique by varying the solution temperature. Our study shows that in absence of nanoparticles and up to 70 °C, an intermediate range repulsive and one long range attractive interaction potential between the proteins exist. Above that temperature, fractal structure forms. In presence of nanoparticles, fractal structures form even at room temperature by both the protein and nanoparticles. Fractal dimension increases with the increase of BSA concentration and solution temperature, and this temperature induced structural transition is irreversible.

  11. Structural qualia: a solution to the hard problem of consciousness

    PubMed Central

    Loorits, Kristjan

    2014-01-01

    The hard problem of consciousness has been often claimed to be unsolvable by the methods of traditional empirical sciences. It has been argued that all the objects of empirical sciences can be fully analyzed in structural terms but that consciousness is (or has) something over and above its structure. However, modern neuroscience has introduced a theoretical framework in which also the apparently non-structural aspects of consciousness, namely the so called qualia or qualitative properties, can be analyzed in structural terms. That framework allows us to see qualia as something compositional with internal structures that fully determine their qualitative nature. Moreover, those internal structures can be identified which certain neural patterns. Thus consciousness as a whole can be seen as a complex neural pattern that misperceives some of its own highly complex structural properties as monadic and qualitative. Such neural pattern is analyzable in fully structural terms and thereby the hard problem is solved. PMID:24672510

  12. Special quasirandom structure modeling of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Hanken, Benjamin E.; Solomon, Jonathan M.; Asta, Mark

    2015-07-01

    The accuracy of the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach for modeling the structure and energetics of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions is assessed in an ionic-pair potential study of urania and ceria based systems mixed with trivalent rare-earth ions. Mixing enthalpies for SQS supercells containing 96 and 324 lattice sites were calculated using ionic pair potentials for U0.5La0.5O1.75, U0.5Y0.5O1.75, Ce0.5La0.5O1.75, Ce0.5Y0.5O1.75, and Ce0.5Gd0.5O1.75, which all have stoichiometries of pyrochlores. The SQS results were compared to benchmark values for random substitutional disorder obtained using large supercell models. The calculations show significant improvement of the mixing enthalpy for the larger 324 site SQS, which is attributed to a better description of the structural distortions, as characterized by the radial distribution functions in relaxed systems.

  13. Macromolecular crystallography beamline X25 at the NSLS

    PubMed Central

    Héroux, Annie; Allaire, Marc; Buono, Richard; Cowan, Matthew L.; Dvorak, Joseph; Flaks, Leon; LaMarra, Steven; Myers, Stuart F.; Orville, Allen M.; Robinson, Howard H.; Roessler, Christian G.; Schneider, Dieter K.; Shea-McCarthy, Grace; Skinner, John M.; Skinner, Michael; Soares, Alexei S.; Sweet, Robert M.; Berman, Lonny E.

    2014-01-01

    Beamline X25 at the NSLS is one of the five beamlines dedicated to macromolecular crystallography operated by the Brookhaven National Laboratory Macromolecular Crystallography Research Resource group. This mini-gap insertion-device beamline has seen constant upgrades for the last seven years in order to achieve mini-beam capability down to 20?µm × 20?µm. All major components beginning with the radiation source, and continuing along the beamline and its experimental hutch, have changed to produce a state-of-the-art facility for the scientific community. PMID:24763654

  14. Solution of structural analysis problems on a parallel computer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Storaasli, Olaf; Poole, Eugene; Ortega, James; Cleary, Andrew; Vaughan, Courtenay

    1988-01-01

    The problems of a blade-stiffened panel with a hole subjected to compression, and a deployable space mast subjected to tip loads, are treated through the application of FEM to model generation followed by the solution of a linear system of equations. Direct and iterative approaches to the solution of the linear systems are solved in turn; for the panel problems using varying numbers of processors, the incomplete Cholesky-conjugate gradient method was the fastest iterative method on all but two instances in which the number of processors was large.

  15. On Computing Multiple Solutions of Nonlinear PDEs Without Variational Structure 

    E-print Network

    Wang, Changchun

    2012-07-16

    administration. I also thank the students in the mathematics department, speci cally Dr. Xianjin Chen, Dr. Yan li, and Jia Wei for their kindness. v NOMENCLATURE ESP eigen solution problem JLMOM joint local min-orthogonal method LMM local min-max method... use local min-max method developed in [11,12] to numerically compute the multiple solutions in the order of their MI. However many PDE in application are not the Euler-Lagrange equation of any variational functional thus called non...

  16. Structure in solution spaces: Three lessons from Jean-Claude

    E-print Network

    Eppstein, David

    ) without sacrificing solution quality CC-BY image 2012 Italian GP - Ferrari pit.jpg by Francesco Crippa in the learning space Time per state #concepts / machine word size [as implemented in early versions of ALEKS Department, Univ. of California, Irvine Conference on Meaningfulness and Learning Spaces: A Tribute

  17. Macromolecular Crowding Directs Extracellular Matrix Organization and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Behavior

    E-print Network

    Zeiger, Adam Scott

    Microenvironments of biological cells are dominated in vivo by macromolecular crowding and resultant excluded volume effects. This feature is absent in dilute in vitro cell culture. Here, we induced macromolecular crowding ...

  18. Phase sensitive x-ray diffraction imaging of defects in biological macromolecular crystals

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hu, Z. W.; Lai, B.; Chu, Y. S.; Cai, Z.; Mancini, D. C.; Thomas, B. R.; Chernov, A. A.

    2001-01-01

    Conventional x-ray diffraction topography is currently used to map defects in the bulk of protein crystals, but the lack of sufficient contrast is frequently a limiting factor. We experimentally demonstrate that this barrier can be circumvented using a method that combines phase sensitive and diffraction imaging principles. Details of defects revealed in tetragonal lysozyme and cubic ferritin crystals are presented and discussed. The approach enabling the detection of the phase changes of diffracted x rays should prove to be useful in the study of defect structures in a broad range of biological macromolecular crystals.

  19. Facilities for macromolecular crystallography at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

    PubMed Central

    Mueller, Uwe; Darowski, Nora; Fuchs, Martin R.; Förster, Ronald; Hellmig, Michael; Paithankar, Karthik S.; Pühringer, Sandra; Steffien, Michael; Zocher, Georg; Weiss, Manfred S.

    2012-01-01

    Three macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are available for the regional, national and international structural biology user community. The state-of-the-art synchrotron beamlines for MX BL14.1, BL14.2 and BL14.3 are located within the low-? section of the BESSY II electron storage ring. All beamlines are fed from a superconducting 7?T wavelength-shifter insertion device. BL14.1 and BL14.2 are energy tunable in the range 5–16?keV, while BL14.3 is a fixed-energy side station operated at 13.8?keV. All three beamlines are equipped with CCD detectors. BL14.1 and BL14.2 are in regular user operation providing about 200 beam days per year and about 600?user shifts to approximately 50 research groups across Europe. BL14.3 has initially been used as a test facility and was brought into regular user mode operation during the year 2010. BL14.1 has recently been upgraded with a microdiffractometer including a mini-? goniometer and an automated sample changer. Additional user facilities include office space adjacent to the beamlines, a sample preparation laboratory, a biology laboratory (safety level 1) and high-end computing resources. In this article the instrumentation of the beamlines is described, and a summary of the experimental possibilities of the beamlines and the provided ancillary equipment for the user community is given. PMID:22514183

  20. Facilities for macromolecular crystallography at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.

    PubMed

    Mueller, Uwe; Darowski, Nora; Fuchs, Martin R; Förster, Ronald; Hellmig, Michael; Paithankar, Karthik S; Pühringer, Sandra; Steffien, Michael; Zocher, Georg; Weiss, Manfred S

    2012-05-01

    Three macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are available for the regional, national and international structural biology user community. The state-of-the-art synchrotron beamlines for MX BL14.1, BL14.2 and BL14.3 are located within the low-? section of the BESSY II electron storage ring. All beamlines are fed from a superconducting 7?T wavelength-shifter insertion device. BL14.1 and BL14.2 are energy tunable in the range 5-16?keV, while BL14.3 is a fixed-energy side station operated at 13.8?keV. All three beamlines are equipped with CCD detectors. BL14.1 and BL14.2 are in regular user operation providing about 200 beam days per year and about 600?user shifts to approximately 50 research groups across Europe. BL14.3 has initially been used as a test facility and was brought into regular user mode operation during the year 2010. BL14.1 has recently been upgraded with a microdiffractometer including a mini-? goniometer and an automated sample changer. Additional user facilities include office space adjacent to the beamlines, a sample preparation laboratory, a biology laboratory (safety level 1) and high-end computing resources. In this article the instrumentation of the beamlines is described, and a summary of the experimental possibilities of the beamlines and the provided ancillary equipment for the user community is given. PMID:22514183

  1. A Compact X-Ray System for Macromolecular Crystallography

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gubarev, Mikhail; Ciszak, Ewa; Ponomarev, Igor; Gibson, Walter; Joy, Marshall

    2000-01-01

    We describe the design and performance of a high flux x-ray system for a macromolecular crystallography that combines a microfocus x-ray generator (40 micrometer full width at half maximum spot size at a power level of 46.5 W) and a collimating polycapillary optic. The Cu Ka lpha x-ray flux produced by this optimized system through a 500,um diam orifice is 7.0 times greater than the x-ray flux previously reported by Gubarev et al. [M. Gubarev et al., J. Appl. Crystallogr. 33, 882 (2000)]. The x-ray flux from the microfocus system is also 2.6 times higher than that produced by a rotating anode generator equipped with a graded multilayer monochromator (green optic, Osmic Inc. CMF24-48-Cu6) and 40% less than that produced by a rotating anode generator with the newest design of graded multilayer monochromator (blue optic, Osmic, Inc. CMF12-38-Cu6). Both rotating anode generators operate at a power level of 5000 W, dissipating more than 100 times the power of our microfocus x-ray system. Diffraction data collected from small test crystals are of high quality. For example, 42 540 reflections collected at ambient temperature from a lysozyme crystal yielded R(sub sym)=5.0% for data extending to 1.70 A, and 4.8% for the complete set of data to 1.85 A. The amplitudes of the observed reflections were used to calculate difference electron density maps that revealed positions of structurally important ions and water molecules in the crystal of lysozyme using the phases calculated from the protein model.

  2. A Compact X-Ray System for Macromolecular Crystallography. 5

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gubarev, Mikhail; Ciszak, Ewa; Ponomarev, Igor; Joy, Marshall

    2000-01-01

    We describe the design and performance of a high flux x-ray system for macromolecular crystallography that combines a microfocus x-ray generator (40 gm FWHM spot size at a power level of 46.5Watts) and a 5.5 mm focal distance polycapillary optic. The Cu K(sub alpha) X-ray flux produced by this optimized system is 7.0 times above the X-ray flux previously reported. The X-ray flux from the microfocus system is also 3.2 times higher than that produced by the rotating anode generator equipped with a long focal distance graded multilayer monochromator (Green optic; CMF24-48-Cu6) and 30% less than that produced by the rotating anode generator with the newest design of graded multilayer monochromator (Blue optic; CMF12-38-Cu6). Both rotating anode generators operate at a power level of 5000 Watts, dissipating more than 100 times the power of our microfocus x-ray system. Diffraction data collected from small test crystals are of high quality. For example, 42,540 reflections collected at ambient temperature from a lysozyme crystal yielded R(sub sym) 5.0% for the data extending to 1.7A, and 4.8% for the complete set of data to 1.85A. The amplitudes of the reflections were used to calculate difference electron density maps that revealed positions of structurally important ions and water molecules in the crystal of lysozyme using the phases calculated from the protein model.

  3. Reverse engineering chemical structures from molecular descriptors: how many solutions?

    PubMed

    Faulon, Jean-Loup; Brown, W Michael; Martin, Shawn

    2005-01-01

    Physical, chemical and biological properties are the ultimate information of interest for chemical compounds. Molecular descriptors that map structural information to activities and properties are obvious candidates for information sharing. In this paper, we consider the feasibility of using molecular descriptors to safely exchange chemical information in such a way that the original chemical structures cannot be reverse engineered. To investigate the safety of sharing such descriptors, we compute the degeneracy (the number of structure matching a descriptor value) of several 2D descriptors, and use various methods to search for and reverse engineer structures. We examine degeneracy in the entire chemical space taking descriptors values from the alkane isomer series and the PubChem database. We further use a stochastic search to retrieve structures matching specific topological index values. Finally, we investigate the safety of exchanging of fragmental descriptors using deterministic enumeration. PMID:16267694

  4. NMR solution structure of the neurotrypsin Kringle domain.

    PubMed

    Ozhogina, Olga A; Grishaev, Alexander; Bominaar, Emile L; Patthy, László; Trexler, Maria; Llinás, Miguel

    2008-11-25

    Neurotrypsin is a multidomain protein that serves as a brain-specific serine protease. Here we report the NMR structure of its kringle domain, NT/K. The data analysis was performed with the BACUS (Bayesian analysis of coupled unassigned spins) algorithm. This study presents the first application of BACUS to the structure determination of a 13C unenriched protein for which no prior experimental 3D structure was available. NT/K adopts the kringle fold, consisting of an antiparallel beta-sheet bridged by an overlapping pair of disulfides. The structure reveals the presence of a surface-exposed left-handed polyproline II helix that is closely packed to the core beta-structure. This feature distinguishes NT/K from other members of the kringle fold and points toward a novel functional role for a kringle domain. Functional divergence among kringle domains is discussed on the basis of their surface and electrostatic characteristics. PMID:18956887

  5. Comparison of the crystal and solution structures of calmodulin and troponin C

    SciTech Connect

    Heidorn, D.B.; Trewhella, J.

    1988-02-09

    X-ray solution scattering data from skeletal muscle troponin C and from calmodulin have been measured. Modeling studies based on the crystal structure coordinates for these proteins show discrepancies between the solution data and the crystal structure that indicate that if the size and shape of the globular domains are the same in solution as in the crystal, the distances between them must be smaller by several angstroms. Bringing the globular domains closer together requires structural changes in the interconnecting helix that joins them.

  6. Probing the structure and dynamics of end-grafted flexible polymer chain layers by combined atomic force-electrochemical microscopy. Cyclic voltammetry within nanometer-thick macromolecular poly(ethylene glycol) layers.

    PubMed

    Abbou, Jeremy; Anne, Agnès; Demaille, Christophe

    2004-08-18

    The combined atomic force-electrochemical microscopy (AFM-SECM) technique was used in aqueous solution to determine both the static and dynamical properties of nanometer-thick monolayers of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains end-grafted to a gold substrate surface. Approach of a microelectrode tip from a redox end-labeled PEG layer triggered a tip-to-substrate cycling motion of the chains' free ends as a result of the redox heads' oxidation at the tip and re-reduction at the substrate surface. As few as approximately 200 chains at a time could be addressed in such a way. Quantitative analysis of the data, in the light of a simple model of elastic bounded diffusion SECM positive feedback, gave access to the end-tethered polymer layer thickness and the end-to-end diffusion coefficient of the chains. The thickness of the grafted PEG layer was shown to increase with the chain surface coverage, while the end-to-end diffusion coefficient was found to be constant and close to the one predicted by Rouse dynamics. At close tip-substrate separation, slowing of the chains' motion, as a consequence of their vertical confinement within the tip-substrate gap, was observed and quantitatively modeled. PMID:15303886

  7. Solution Structure of the Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-1 Death Domain

    E-print Network

    Powers, Robert

    Solution Structure of the Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-1 Death Domain Steven F. Sukits1 , Lih 02140, USA Tumor necrosis factor receptor-1 death domain (TNFR-1 DD) is the intra- cellular functional members of the death domain superfamily. The secondary structure and three- dimensional structure of R347K

  8. Integrated Force Method Solution to Indeterminate Structural Mechanics Problems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Patnaik, Surya N.; Hopkins, Dale A.; Halford, Gary R.

    2004-01-01

    Strength of materials problems have been classified into determinate and indeterminate problems. Determinate analysis primarily based on the equilibrium concept is well understood. Solutions of indeterminate problems required additional compatibility conditions, and its comprehension was not exclusive. A solution to indeterminate problem is generated by manipulating the equilibrium concept, either by rewriting in the displacement variables or through the cutting and closing gap technique of the redundant force method. Compatibility improvisation has made analysis cumbersome. The authors have researched and understood the compatibility theory. Solutions can be generated with equal emphasis on the equilibrium and compatibility concepts. This technique is called the Integrated Force Method (IFM). Forces are the primary unknowns of IFM. Displacements are back-calculated from forces. IFM equations are manipulated to obtain the Dual Integrated Force Method (IFMD). Displacement is the primary variable of IFMD and force is back-calculated. The subject is introduced through response variables: force, deformation, displacement; and underlying concepts: equilibrium equation, force deformation relation, deformation displacement relation, and compatibility condition. Mechanical load, temperature variation, and support settling are equally emphasized. The basic theory is discussed. A set of examples illustrate the new concepts. IFM and IFMD based finite element methods are introduced for simple problems.

  9. Macromolecular Inhibitors of HIV-1 Protease CHARACTERIZATION OF DESIGNED HETERODIMERS*

    E-print Network

    Craik, Charles S.

    Macromolecular Inhibitors of HIV-1 Protease CHARACTERIZATION OF DESIGNED HETERODIMERS* (Received (HIV-1) protease (HIV PR) have been engineered to inhibit wild-type (wt) HIV PR activity of inactive variant homodimers of HIV-1 protease through substi- tutions at Asp-25, Ile-49, and Gly-50 (Babe

  10. Macromolecular crystallography radiation damage research: what’s new?

    PubMed Central

    Garman, Elspeth F.; Weik, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Radiation damage in macromolecular crystallography has become a mainstream concern over the last ten years. The current status of research into this area is briefly assessed, and the ten new papers published in this issue are set into the context of previous work in the field. Some novel and exciting developments emerging over the last two years are also summarized. PMID:21525638

  11. Generating Triangulated Macromolecular Surfaces by Euclidean Distance Transform

    E-print Network

    Zhang, Yang

    Generating Triangulated Macromolecular Surfaces by Euclidean Distance Transform Dong Xu1,2 , Yang surfaces, triangulated mesh surfaces have been proved to be easy to describe, visualize and manipulate of fast Euclidean Distance Transform (EDT). The triangulated surfaces are constructed directly from

  12. Modules identification in protein structures: the topological and geometrical solutions.

    PubMed

    Tasdighian, Setareh; Di Paola, Luisa; De Ruvo, Micol; Paci, Paola; Santoni, Daniele; Palumbo, Pasquale; Mei, Giampiero; Di Venere, Almerinda; Giuliani, Alessandro

    2014-01-27

    The identification of modules in protein structures has major relevance in structural biology, with consequences in protein stability and functional classification, adding new perspectives in drug design. In this work, we present the comparison between a topological (spectral clustering) and a geometrical (k-means) approach to module identification, in the frame of a multiscale analysis of the protein architecture principles. The global consistency of an adjacency matrix based technique (spectral clustering) and a method based on full rank geometrical information (k-means) give a proof-of-concept of the relevance of protein contact networks in structure determination. The peculiar "small-world" character of protein contact graphs is established as well, pointing to average shortest path as a mesoscopic crucial variable to maximize the efficiency of within-molecule signal transmission. The specific nature of protein architecture indicates topological approach as the most proper one to highlight protein functional domains, and two new representations linking sequence and topological role of aminoacids are demonstrated to be of use for protein structural analysis. Here we present a case study regarding azurin, a small copper protein implied in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa respiratory chain. Its pocket molecular shape and its electron transfer function have challenged the method, highlighting its potentiality to catch jointly the structure and function features of protein structures through their decomposition into modules. PMID:24289204

  13. SASSIE: A program to study intrinsically disordered biological molecules and macromolecular ensembles using experimental scattering restraints

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Curtis, Joseph E.; Raghunandan, Sindhu; Nanda, Hirsh; Krueger, Susan

    2012-02-01

    A program to construct ensembles of biomolecular structures that are consistent with experimental scattering data are described. Specifically, we generate an ensemble of biomolecular structures by varying sets of backbone dihedral angles that are then filtered using experimentally determined restraints to rapidly determine structures that have scattering profiles that are consistent with scattering data. We discuss an application of these tools to predict a set of structures for the HIV-1 Gag protein, an intrinsically disordered protein, that are consistent with small-angle neutron scattering experimental data. We have assembled these algorithms into a program called SASSIE for structure generation, visualization, and analysis of intrinsically disordered proteins and other macromolecular ensembles using neutron and X-ray scattering restraints. Program summaryProgram title: SASSIE Catalogue identifier: AEKL_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEKL_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License v3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3 991 624 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 826 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python, C/C++, Fortran Computer: PC/Mac Operating system: 32- and 64-bit Linux (Ubuntu 10.04, Centos 5.6) and Mac OS X (10.6.6) RAM: 1 GB Classification: 3 External routines: Python 2.6.5, numpy 1.4.0, swig 1.3.40, scipy 0.8.0, Gnuplot-py-1.8, Tcl 8.5, Tk 8.5, Mac installation requires aquaterm 1.0 (or X window system) and Xcode 3 development tools. Nature of problem: Open source software to generate structures of disordered biological molecules that subsequently allow for the comparison of computational and experimental results is limiting the use of scattering resources. Solution method: Starting with an all atom model of a protein, for example, users can input regions to vary dihedral angles, ensembles of structures can be generated. Additionally, simple two-body rigid-body rotations are supported with and without disordered regions. Generated structures can then be used to calculate small-angle scattering profiles which can then be filtered against experimentally determined data. Filtered structures can be visualized individually or as an ensemble using density plots. In the modular and expandable program framework the user can easily access our subroutines and structural coordinates can be easily obtained for study using other computational physics methods. Additional comments: The distribution file for this program is over 159 Mbytes and therefore is not delivered directly when download or Email is requested. Instead an html file giving details of how the program can be obtained is sent. Running time: Varies depending on application. Typically 10 minutes to 24 hours depending on the number of generated structures.

  14. Solution Structure of the Conserved Hypothetical Protein Rv2302 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

    SciTech Connect

    Buchko, Garry W.; Kim, Chang Y.; Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Kennedy, Michael A.

    2006-08-01

    The hypothetical Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein RV2302 (80 residues, MW = 8.6 kDa) has been characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Size exclusion chromatography and NMR spectroscopy suggest that RV2302 is as a monomer is solution. Circular dichroism spectroscopy indicates the protein is structured in solution, but, irreversible unfolds upon heating with an inflection point of {approx}48 C. Using NMR based methods we determined the solution structure of RV2302. The protein contains a five strand, anti-parallel b-sheet core with one C-terminal a-helix (A65-A75) nestled against its side. Dali searches using the structure closest to the average structure did not identify any high similarities to any other known protein structure. Consequently, the structure of Rv2302 may potentially represent a novel protein fold.

  15. Large-scale analysis of macromolecular crowding effects on protein aggregation using a reconstituted cell-free translation system

    PubMed Central

    Niwa, Tatsuya; Sugimoto, Ryota; Watanabe, Lisa; Nakamura, Shugo; Ueda, Takuya; Taguchi, Hideki

    2015-01-01

    Proteins must fold into their native structures in the crowded cellular environment, to perform their functions. Although such macromolecular crowding has been considered to affect the folding properties of proteins, large-scale experimental data have so far been lacking. Here, we individually translated 142 Escherichia coli cytoplasmic proteins using a reconstituted cell-free translation system in the presence of macromolecular crowding reagents (MCRs), Ficoll 70 or dextran 70, and evaluated the aggregation propensities of 142 proteins. The results showed that the MCR effects varied depending on the proteins, although the degree of these effects was modest. Statistical analyses suggested that structural parameters were involved in the effects of the MCRs. Our dataset provides a valuable resource to understand protein folding and aggregation inside cells. PMID:26500644

  16. Argentivorous molecules: structural evidence for Ag(+)-? interactions in solution.

    PubMed

    Habata, Yoichi; Ikeda, Mari; Yamada, Sachiko; Takahashi, Hiroki; Ueno, Sumiko; Suzuki, Takatoshi; Kuwahara, Shunsuke

    2012-09-01

    Tetra-armed cyclens bearing aromatic side arms were prepared by the reductive amination of cyclen with substituted benzaldehydes. When equimolar amounts of Ag(+) ions were added to the ligands, the aromatic rings covered the Ag(+) ions incorporated in the ligand cavities, as if the aromatic ring "petals" caught the Ag(+) ions in the way an insectivorous plant (Venus flytrap) catches insects. The ligands are called "argentivorous molecules". Evidence of intramolecular Ag(+)-? interactions in solution and in the solid state is reported. PMID:22928524

  17. Salt-stabilized globular protein structure in 7 M aqueous urea solution

    E-print Network

    Wider, Gerhard

    1 Salt-stabilized globular protein structure in 7 M aqueous urea solution V. Dötsch,1 G. Wider, G Hochschule- Hönggerberg, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland Keywords Protein folding; Urea denaturation; Salt changing the solution conditions. In this paper we describe the influence of various salts or non

  18. ANOVA-HDMR structure of the higher order nodal diffusion solution

    SciTech Connect

    Bokov, P. M.; Prinsloo, R. H.; Tomasevic, D. I.

    2013-07-01

    Nodal diffusion methods still represent a standard in global reactor calculations, but employ some ad-hoc approximations (such as the quadratic leakage approximation) which limit their accuracy in cases where reference quality solutions are sought. In this work we solve the nodal diffusion equations utilizing the so-called higher-order nodal methods to generate reference quality solutions and to decompose the obtained solutions via a technique known as High Dimensional Model Representation (HDMR). This representation and associated decomposition of the solution provides a new formulation of the transverse leakage term. The HDMR structure is investigated via the technique of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), which indicates why the existing class of transversely-integrated nodal methods prove to be so successful. Furthermore, the analysis leads to a potential solution method for generating reference quality solutions at a much reduced calculational cost, by applying the ANOVA technique to the full higher order solution. (authors)

  19. Finite element solution of transient fluid-structure interaction problems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Everstine, Gordon C.; Cheng, Raymond S.; Hambric, Stephen A.

    1991-01-01

    A finite element approach using NASTRAN is developed for solving time-dependent fluid-structure interaction problems, with emphasis on the transient scattering of acoustic waves from submerged elastic structures. Finite elements are used for modeling both structure and fluid domains to facilitate the graphical display of the wave motion through both media. For the liquid, the use of velocity potential as the fundamental unknown results in a symmetric matrix equation. The approach is illustrated for the problem of transient scattering from a submerged elastic spherical shell subjected to an incident tone burst. The use of an analogy between the equations of elasticity and the wave equation of acoustics, a necessary ingredient to the procedure, is summarized.

  20. Solution structures of europium(III) complexes of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

    SciTech Connect

    Latva, M.; Kankara, J.; Haapakka, K.

    1996-04-01

    Coordination of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) with europium(III) has been studied at different concentrations in solution using {sup 7}F{sub 0}{yields}{sup 5}D{sub 0} excitation spectroscopy and excited-state lifetime measurements. EDTA forms with Eu(III) ion three different species in equimolar solutions at room temperature. At low pH values EuEDTAH is formed and at higher pH values than 1.5 two EuEDTA{sup -} complexes, which differ from each other with one water molecule in the first coordination sphere of the Eu(III) ion, total coordination number and coordination geometry, are also formed. When the concentration of EDTA is higher than the concentration of Eu(III), an EuEDTA(EDTAH){sup 4-} species where the second EDTA is weakly coordinated to EuEDTA{sup -}, is formed. If the concentration of Eu(III) ion is higher than EDTA, the extra Eu(III) ions associate with EuEDTA{sup -} and link to one of the carboxylate groups of EDTA thus causing a shortening of the excited-state lifetime of the EuEDTA{sup -} complex.

  1. Element-by-element Solution Procedures for Nonlinear Structural Analysis

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hughes, T. J. R.; Winget, J. M.; Levit, I.

    1984-01-01

    Element-by-element approximate factorization procedures are proposed for solving the large finite element equation systems which arise in nonlinear structural mechanics. Architectural and data base advantages of the present algorithms over traditional direct elimination schemes are noted. Results of calculations suggest considerable potential for the methods described.

  2. Ground Based Program for the Physical Analysis of Macromolecular Crystal Growth

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Malkin, Alexander J.

    1998-01-01

    During the past year we have focused on application of in situ Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for studies of the growth mechanisms and kinetics of crystallization for different macromolecular systems. Mechanisms of macrostep formation and their decay, which are important in understanding of defect formation, were studied on the surfaces of thaumatin, catalase, canavalin and lysozyme crystals. Experiments revealed that step bunching on crystalline surfaces occurred either due to two- or three-dimensional nucleation on the terraces of vicinal slopes or as a result of uneven step generation by complex dislocation sources. No step bunching arising from interaction of individual steps in the course of the experiment was observed. The molecular structure of the growth steps for thaumatin and lipase crystals were deduced. It was further shown that growth step advance occurs by incorporation of single protein molecules. In singular directions growth steps move by one-dimensional nucleation on step edges followed by lateral growth. One-dimensional nuclei have different sizes, less then a single unit cell, varying for different directions of step movement. There is no roughness due to thermal fluctuations, and each protein molecule which incorporated into the step remained. Growth kinetics for catalase crystals was investigated over wide supersaturation ranges. Strong directional kinetic anisotropy in the tangential step growth rates in different directions was seen. The influence of impurities on growth kinetics and cessation of macromolecular crystals was studied. Thus, for catalase, in addition to pronounced impurity effects on the kinetics of crystallization, we were also able to directly observe adsorption of some impurities. At low supersaturation we repeatedly observed filaments which formed from impurity molecules sedimenting on the surfaces. Similar filaments were observed on the surfaces of thaumatin, canavalin and STMV crystals as well, but the frequency was low compared with catalase crystallization. Cessation of growth of xylanase and lysozyme crystals was also observed and appeared to be a consequence of the formation of dense impurity adsorption layers. Attachment: "An in situ AFM investigation of catalase crystallization", "Atomic force microscopy studies of living cells: visualization of motility, division, aggregation, transformation, and apoptosis", AFM studies on mechanisms of nucleation and growth of macromolecular crystals", and "In situ atomic force microscopy studies of surface morphology, growth kinetics, defect structure and dissolution in macromolecular crystallization".

  3. Insights into the disparate action of osmolytes and macromolecular crowders on amyloid formation

    PubMed Central

    Sukenik, Shahar

    2012-01-01

    It is widely recognized that amyloid formation sensitively responds to conditions set by myriad cellular solutes. These cosolutes include two important classes: macromolecular crowders and compatible osmolytes. We have recently found that addition of macromolecular PEG only slightly affects fibril formation of a model peptide in vitro. Polyol osmolytes, in contrast, lengthen the lag time for aggregation, and lead to larger fibril mass at equilibrium. To further hypothesize on the molecular underpinnings of the disparate effect of the two cosolute classes, we have further analyzed the experiments using an available kinetic mechanism describing fibril aggregation. Model calculations suggest that all cosolutes similarly lengthen the time required for nucleation, possibly due to their excluded volume effect. However, PEGs may in addition promote fibril fragmentation, leading to lag times that are overall almost unvaried. Moreover, polyols effectively slow the monomer-fibril detachment rates, thereby favoring additional fibril formation. Our analysis provides first hints that cosolutes act not only by changing association or dissociation rates, but potentially also by directing the formation of fibrils of varied morphologies with different mechanical properties. Although additional experiments are needed to unambiguously resolve the action of excluded cosolutes on amyloid formation, it is becoming clear that these compounds are important to consider in the search for ways to modulate fibril formation. PMID:22453174

  4. A Web Resource for Standardized Benchmark Datasets, Metrics, and Rosetta Protocols for Macromolecular Modeling and Design

    PubMed Central

    Pache, Roland A.; Ollikainen, Noah; Kundert, Kale; O'Meara, Matthew J.; Smith, Colin A.; Kortemme, Tanja

    2015-01-01

    The development and validation of computational macromolecular modeling and design methods depend on suitable benchmark datasets and informative metrics for comparing protocols. In addition, if a method is intended to be adopted broadly in diverse biological applications, there needs to be information on appropriate parameters for each protocol, as well as metrics describing the expected accuracy compared to experimental data. In certain disciplines, there exist established benchmarks and public resources where experts in a particular methodology are encouraged to supply their most efficient implementation of each particular benchmark. We aim to provide such a resource for protocols in macromolecular modeling and design. We present a freely accessible web resource (https://kortemmelab.ucsf.edu/benchmarks) to guide the development of protocols for protein modeling and design. The site provides benchmark datasets and metrics to compare the performance of a variety of modeling protocols using different computational sampling methods and energy functions, providing a “best practice” set of parameters for each method. Each benchmark has an associated downloadable benchmark capture archive containing the input files, analysis scripts, and tutorials for running the benchmark. The captures may be run with any suitable modeling method; we supply command lines for running the benchmarks using the Rosetta software suite. We have compiled initial benchmarks for the resource spanning three key areas: prediction of energetic effects of mutations, protein design, and protein structure prediction, each with associated state-of-the-art modeling protocols. With the help of the wider macromolecular modeling community, we hope to expand the variety of benchmarks included on the website and continue to evaluate new iterations of current methods as they become available. PMID:26335248

  5. Localization of Protein Aggregation in Escherichia coli Is Governed by Diffusion and Nucleoid Macromolecular Crowding Effect

    PubMed Central

    Coquel, Anne-Sophie; Jacob, Jean-Pascal; Primet, Mael; Demarez, Alice; Dimiccoli, Mariella; Julou, Thomas; Moisan, Lionel

    2013-01-01

    Aggregates of misfolded proteins are a hallmark of many age-related diseases. Recently, they have been linked to aging of Escherichia coli (E. coli) where protein aggregates accumulate at the old pole region of the aging bacterium. Because of the potential of E. coli as a model organism, elucidating aging and protein aggregation in this bacterium may pave the way to significant advances in our global understanding of aging. A first obstacle along this path is to decipher the mechanisms by which protein aggregates are targeted to specific intercellular locations. Here, using an integrated approach based on individual-based modeling, time-lapse fluorescence microscopy and automated image analysis, we show that the movement of aging-related protein aggregates in E. coli is purely diffusive (Brownian). Using single-particle tracking of protein aggregates in live E. coli cells, we estimated the average size and diffusion constant of the aggregates. Our results provide evidence that the aggregates passively diffuse within the cell, with diffusion constants that depend on their size in agreement with the Stokes-Einstein law. However, the aggregate displacements along the cell long axis are confined to a region that roughly corresponds to the nucleoid-free space in the cell pole, thus confirming the importance of increased macromolecular crowding in the nucleoids. We thus used 3D individual-based modeling to show that these three ingredients (diffusion, aggregation and diffusion hindrance in the nucleoids) are sufficient and necessary to reproduce the available experimental data on aggregate localization in the cells. Taken together, our results strongly support the hypothesis that the localization of aging-related protein aggregates in the poles of E. coli results from the coupling of passive diffusion-aggregation with spatially non-homogeneous macromolecular crowding. They further support the importance of “soft” intracellular structuring (based on macromolecular crowding) in diffusion-based protein localization in E. coli. PMID:23633942

  6. Superweakly interacting massive particle solutions to small scale structure problems.

    PubMed

    Cembranos, Jose A R; Feng, Jonathan L; Rajaraman, Arvind; Takayama, Fumihiro

    2005-10-28

    Collisionless, cold dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) is well motivated in particle physics, naturally yields the observed relic density, and successfully explains structure formation on large scales. On small scales, however, it predicts too much power, leading to cuspy halos, dense cores, and large numbers of subhalos, in apparent conflict with observations. We consider super-WIMP dark matter, produced with large velocity in late decays at times 10(5) - 10(8) s. As analyzed by Kaplinghat in a more general setting, we find that super-WIMPs have sufficiently large free-streaming lengths and low phase space densities to help resolve small scale structure problems while preserving all of the above-mentioned WIMP virtues. PMID:16383891

  7. Molecular solutes in ionic liquids: a structural perspective.

    PubMed

    Pádua, Agílio A H; Costa Gomes, Margarida F; Canongia Lopes, José N A

    2007-11-01

    Understanding physicochemical properties of ionic liquids is important for their rational use in extractions, reactions, and other applications. Ionic liquids are not simple fluids: their ions are generally asymetric, flexible, with delocalized electrostatic charges, and available in a wide variety. It is difficult to capture their subtle properties with models that are too simplistic. Molecular simulation using atomistic force fields, which describe structures and interactions in detail, is an excellent tool to gain insights into their liquid-state organization, how they solvate different compounds, and what molecular factors determine their properties. The identification of certain ionic liquids as self-organized phases, with aggregated nonpolar and charged domains, provides a new way to interpret the solvation and structure of their mixtures. Many advances are the result of a successful interplay between experiment and modeling, possible in this field where none of the two methodologies had a previous advance. PMID:17661440

  8. Structured Multi-Matrix Variate, Matrix Polynomial Equations: Solution Techniques

    E-print Network

    Garimella Rama Murthy

    2012-07-21

    In this research paper, structured bi-matrix variate, matrix quadratic equations are considered. Some lemmas related to determining the eigenvalues of unknown matrices are proved. Also, a method of determining the diagonalizabe unknown matrices is provided. The results are generalized to multi-matrix variate, matrix polynomial equations. Briefly generalization to tensor variate polynomial equations is discussed. It is hoped that the results lead to important contributions in "non-commutative algebra".

  9. A brief history of macromolecular crystallography, illustrated by a family tree and its Nobel fruits.

    PubMed

    Jaskolski, Mariusz; Dauter, Zbigniew; Wlodawer, Alexander

    2014-09-01

    As a contribution to the celebration of the year 2014, declared by the United Nations to be 'The International Year of Crystallography', the FEBS Journal is dedicating this issue to papers showcasing the intimate union between macromolecular crystallography and structural biology, both in historical perspective and in current research. Instead of a formal editorial piece, by way of introduction, this review discusses the most important, often iconic, achievements of crystallographers that led to major advances in our understanding of the structure and function of biological macromolecules. We identified at least 42 scientists who received Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry or Medicine for their contributions that included the use of X-rays or neutrons and crystallography, including 24 who made seminal discoveries in macromolecular sciences. Our spotlight is mostly, but not only, on the recipients of this most prestigious scientific honor, presented in approximately chronological order. As a summary of the review, we attempt to construct a genealogy tree of the principal lineages of protein crystallography, leading from the founding members to the present generation. PMID:24698025

  10. Macromolecular MRI contrast agents with small dendrimers: pharmacokinetic differences between sizes and cores.

    PubMed

    Kobayashi, Hisataka; Kawamoto, Satomi; Jo, Sang-Kyung; Bryant, Henry L; Brechbiel, Martin W; Star, Robert A

    2003-01-01

    Large macromolecular MRI contrast agents with albumin or dendrimer cores are useful for imaging blood vessels. However, their prolonged retention is a major limitation for clinical use. Although smaller dendrimer-based MRI contrast agents are more quickly excreted by the kidneys, they are also able to visualize vascular structures better than Gd-DTPA due to less extravasation. Additionally, unlike Gd-DTPA, they transiently accumulate in renal tubules and thus also can be used to visualize renal structural and functional damage. However, these dendrimer agents are retained in the body for a prolonged time. The purpose of this study was to obtain information from which a macromolecular dendrimer-based MRI contrast agents feasible for use in further clinical studies could be chosen. Six small dendrimer-based MRI contrast agents were synthesized, and their pharmacokinetics, whole-body retention, and dynamic MRI were evaluated in mice to determine an optimal agent in comparison to Gd-[DTPA]-dimeglumine. Diaminobutane (DAB) dendrimer-based agents cleared more rapidly from the body than polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer-based agents with the same numbers of branches. Smaller dendrimer conjugates were more rapidly excreted from the body than the larger dendrimer conjugates. Since PAMAM-G2, DAB-G3, and DAB-G2 dendrimer-based contrast agents showed relatively rapid excretion, these three conjugates might be acceptable for use in further clinical applications. PMID:12643749

  11. Use of Plastic Capillaries for Macromolecular Crystallization

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Potter, Rachel R.; Hong, Young-Soo; Ciszak, Ewa M.

    2003-01-01

    Methods of crystallization of biomolecules in plastic capillaries (Nalgene 870 PFA tubing) are presented. These crystallization methods used batch, free-interface liquid- liquid diffusion alone, or a combination with vapor diffusion. Results demonstrated growth of crystals of test proteins such as thaumatin and glucose isomerase, as well as protein studied in our laboratory such dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase. Once the solutions were loaded in capillaries, they were stored in the tubes in frozen state at cryogenic temperatures until the desired time of activation of crystallization experiments.

  12. Microbatch macromolecular crystallization on a thermal gradient

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Luft, Joseph R.; Rak, Dawn M.; DeTitta, George T.

    1999-01-01

    We can exploit the temperature dependence of protein solubility in a blind search for optimal crystallization conditions by conducting experiments on thermal gradients. A microbatch technique coupled with a specially constructed thermal gradient allows us to conduct polythermal experiments over the range 6-30°C using as little as 7 ?l of solution. The crystallization vessel is a micropipette commonly used in blood testing labs. As many as 150 simultaneous experiments can be conducted on a gradient machined out of a 200×250×25 mm aluminium plate.

  13. Structural dynamics in DNA damage signaling and repair

    PubMed Central

    Perry, J. Jefferson P.; Cotner-Gohara, Elizabeth; Ellenberger, Tom; Tainer, John A.

    2010-01-01

    Changing macromolecular conformations and complexes are critical features of cellular networks, typified by DNA damage response pathways that are essential to life. These fluctuations enhance specificity of macromolecular recognition and catalysis, and enable an integrated functioning of pathway components, ensuring efficiency while reducing off pathway reactions. Such dynamic complexes challenge classical detailed structural analyses, so there characterizations demand combining methods that provide detail with those that inform dynamics in solution. Small angle x-ray scattering, electron microscopy, hydrogen-deuterium-exchange and computation are complementing detailed structures from crystallography and NMR to provide comprehensive models for DNA damage searching, specificity, signaling and repair. Here, we review new approaches and results on DNA damage responses that advance structural biology in the fourth dimension, connecting proteins to pathways. PMID:20439160

  14. The density, viscosity and structural properties of aqueous ethambutol hydrochloride solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Deosarkar, S. D.; Puyad, A. L.; Kalyankar, T. M.

    2012-05-01

    Ethambutol (EMB) is a bacteriostatic antimycobacterial drug prescribed to treat tuberculosis. It is bacteriostatic against actively growing TB bacilli. The density and viscosity of aqueous ethambutol hydrochloride solutions have been studied at 298.15, 301.15 and 304.15 K and at different concentrations (0.255, 0.168, 0.128, 0.087, 0.041, and 0.023 mol dm-3). The apparent molar volume of these solutions for different temperatures and concentrations was calculated from the density data. The relative viscosities of drug solutions have been analysed by Jones-Dole equation. The limiting apparent molar volumes have been evaluated for different temperatures. The different properties have been used to study structural properties, structure formation and breaking properties of drug and solute-solvent interactions in solutions.

  15. Robust, high-throughput solution structural analyses by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)

    SciTech Connect

    Hura, Greg L.; Menon, Angeli L.; Hammel, Michal; Rambo, Robert P.; Poole II, Farris L.; Tsutakawa, Susan E.; Jenney Jr, Francis E.; Classen, Scott; Frankel, Kenneth A.; Hopkins, Robert C.; Yang, Sungjae; Scott, Joseph W.; Dillard, Bret D.; Adams, Michael W. W.; Tainer, John A.

    2009-07-20

    We present an efficient pipeline enabling high-throughput analysis of protein structure in solution with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Our SAXS pipeline combines automated sample handling of microliter volumes, temperature and anaerobic control, rapid data collection and data analysis, and couples structural analysis with automated archiving. We subjected 50 representative proteins, mostly from Pyrococcus furiosus, to this pipeline and found that 30 were multimeric structures in solution. SAXS analysis allowed us to distinguish aggregated and unfolded proteins, define global structural parameters and oligomeric states for most samples, identify shapes and similar structures for 25 unknown structures, and determine envelopes for 41 proteins. We believe that high-throughput SAXS is an enabling technology that may change the way that structural genomics research is done.

  16. Structural Order of Water Molecules around Hydrophobic Solutes: Length-Scale Dependence and Solute-Solvent Coupling.

    PubMed

    Hande, Vrushali R; Chakrabarty, Suman

    2015-08-27

    It has been suggested that the structure and thermodynamics of the water molecules in the hydration layer of simple hydrophobic solutes undergo an order-disorder transition around a nanometer length-scale of the solute size. Using extensive atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) and replica exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) simulation studies, we have probed this order-disorder transition around model hydrophobic solutes of varying size and shape (spherical, planar, and linear), as well as flexible hydrophobic homopolymer chains (n-alkanes), where the conformational fluctuations are likely to create both spatial and temporal heterogeneity on the solvent accessible surface. We have explored the structural response of the water molecules in the hydration shell due to the local variations of the length-scale (or curvature) upon hydrophobic collapse and/or local conformational changes of these polymers. We have shown that the tetrahedral order of the water molecules in the hydration shell is practically independent of the polymer size in the extended state of the polymer due to the availability of a subnanometer cross-sectional length-scale, allowing the water molecules to form hydrogen bonds around the polymer chain. Beyond a certain length of the polymer chains, the collapsed states (associated with larger solute length-scale) start to induce disorder in the surface water molecules. We demonstrate that the local structure (both local number density and tetrahedral order) of the hydration layer is dynamically coupled to the local topology of the polymer. Thus, we envisage that in a flexible (bio)polymer, the hydration shell properties will be sensitive to the local conformational state of the molecule (both spatially and temporally), and the overall observed water structure and dynamics will be dependent on the topological/chemical heterogeneity, and the time-scale of fluctuations in the local curvature (length-scale) of the solvent accessible surface. Moreover, we have demonstrated the direct coupling between the local density fluctuations of water and the local hydrophobic collapse of the polymer. For the extended state of the polymer, the local solvent density fluctuation is practically independent of the solute coordinate (length-scale), and the hydrophobic collapse of the polymer is prompted by a "local dewetting" process induced by these fluctuations. PMID:26039676

  17. Evidence for water structuring forces between surfaces

    SciTech Connect

    Stanley, Christopher B; Rau, Dr. Donald

    2011-01-01

    Structured water on apposing surfaces can generate significant energies due to reorganization and displacement as the surfaces encounter each other. Force measurements on a multitude of biological structures using the osmotic stress technique have elucidated commonalities that point toward an underlying hydration force. In this review, the forces of two contrasting systems are considered in detail: highly charged DNA and nonpolar, uncharged hydroxypropyl cellulose. Conditions for both net repulsion and attraction, along with the measured exclusion of chemically different solutes from these macromolecular surfaces, are explored and demonstrate features consistent with a hydration force origin. Specifically, the observed interaction forces can be reduced to the effects of perturbing structured surface water.

  18. Shear-induced structure in polymer-clay nanocomposite solutions.

    PubMed

    Lin-Gibson, S; Kim, H; Schmidt, G; Han, C C; Hobbie, E K

    2004-06-15

    The equilibrium structure and shear response of model polymer-clay nanocomposite gels are measured using X-ray scattering, light scattering, optical microscopy, and rheometry. The suspensions form physical gels via the "bridging" of neighboring colloidal clay platelets by the polymer, with reversible adsorption of polymer segments onto the clay surface providing a short-range attractive force. As the flow disrupts this transient network, coupling between composition and stress leads to the formation of a macroscopic domain pattern, while the clay platelets orient with their surface normal parallel to the direction of vorticity. We discuss the shear-induced structure, steady-shear rheology, and oscillatory-shear response of these dynamic networks, and we offer a physical explanation for the mesoscale shear response. In contrast to flow-induced "banding" transitions, no stress plateau is observed in the region where macroscopic phase separation occurs. The observed platelet orientation is different from that reported for polymer-melt clay nanocomposites, which we attribute to effects associated with macroscopic phase separation under shear flow. PMID:15144824

  19. Self-Assembly Structures of Nonionic Surfactants at Graphite/Solution Interfaces

    E-print Network

    Aksay, Ilhan A.

    Self-Assembly Structures of Nonionic Surfactants at Graphite/Solution Interfaces Heather N. Patrick-assembly structures of a series of poly(oxyethylene) n-dodecyl ether (C12En) nonionic surfactants on graphite has been. Aggregates are arranged in parallel stripes perpendicular to the underlying graphite symmetry axes for C12E5

  20. Protein Structural Dynamics Revealed by Time-Resolved Xray Solution Scattering

    E-print Network

    Ihee, Hyotcherl

    Protein Structural Dynamics Revealed by Time-Resolved Xray Solution Scattering Jong Goo Kim,,, Tae of Korea CONSPECTUS: One of the most important questions in biological science is how a protein functions. When a protein performs its function, it undergoes regulated structural transitions. In this regard

  1. Solution NMR Structure of the 48-kDa IIAMannose -HPr Complex of

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    Solution NMR Structure of the 48-kDa IIAMannose -HPr Complex of the Escherichia coli Mannose structure of the 48-kDa IIAMan -HPr com- plex of the mannose branch of the Escherichia coli phos sugar- specific enzymes II, which fall into four major families (glucose, mannitol, mannose, and lactose

  2. X-ray absorption fine structures of uranyl(V) complexes in a nonaqueous solution.

    PubMed

    Takao, Koichiro; Tsushima, Satoru; Takao, Shinobu; Scheinost, Andreas C; Bernhard, Gert; Ikeda, Yasuhisa; Hennig, Christoph

    2009-10-19

    The structures of three different U(V) complexes, [U(V)O(2)(salophen)DMSO](-), [U(V)O(2)(dbm)(2)DMSO](-), and [U(V)O(2)(saldien)](-), in a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solution were determined by X-ray absorption fine structure for the first time. PMID:19754101

  3. An efficient solver for the fully-coupled solution of large-displacement fluid-structure

    E-print Network

    Heil, Matthias

    An efficient solver for the fully-coupled solution of large-displacement fluid-structure) Matthias Heil Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, U fluid-structure interaction problems by Newton's method. We show that block-triangular approximations

  4. Fluid control of localized mineral domains in limestone pressure solution structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Evans, Mark A.; Elmore, R. Douglas

    2006-02-01

    Grain-to-grain and stylolitic solution structures in two central Appalachian Siluro-Devonian limestone macroscale folds contain one of four distinct mineral assemblages that are characterized by the dominant iron-phase mineral present: (1) chlorite±illite± pyrite±calcite±quartz±TiO 2±goethite, (2) chlorite±illite± pyrite altered to iron oxide/hydroxide±calcite ±quartz±TiO 2, (3) chlorite±illite± magnetite±calcite±quartz, and (4) chlorite±illite± goethite±calcite±quartz±TiO 2. Optical reflectance microscopy and SEM-EDS was used to characterize the mineralogy and mineral morphology of these structures. Geochemical modeling was used to constrain the conditions of formation and preservation. The primary control on solution structure mineral assemblage was the redox conditions present in the solution structures during burial and deformation. The redox conditions on the microscale may have been controlled by the local fluid chemistry and the presence-absence of hydrocarbons and organic acids within the formation fluids, and the influx of externally derived fluids by fracture formation during the folding process. The wide variation in mineralogy of the solution structures shows that they were 'chemical factories' where a variety of chemical reactions took place during rock dissolution. In particular, the formation of authigenic magnetite in solution structures has significant implications for paleomagnetic applications, and use of anisotropy of anhysteretic remanent magnetization and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility fabrics.

  5. Determination of domain structure of proteins from X-ray solution scattering.

    PubMed Central

    Svergun, D I; Petoukhov, M V; Koch, M H

    2001-01-01

    An ab initio method for building structural models of proteins from x-ray solution scattering data is presented. Simulated annealing is employed to find a chain-compatible spatial distribution of dummy residues which fits the experimental scattering pattern up to a resolution of 0.5 nm. The efficiency of the method is illustrated by the ab initio reconstruction of models of several proteins, with known and unknown crystal structure, from experimental scattering data. The new method substantially improves the resolution and reliability of models derived from scattering data and makes solution scattering a useful technique in large-scale structural characterization of proteins. PMID:11371467

  6. We can rebuild it: reconstructive solutions for structural urologic diseases.

    PubMed

    Abdullah, Newaj M; Lakshmanan, Yegappan

    2015-07-01

    Bladder augmentation and urinary diversion have become standard of care as surgical treatments for structural and functional disorders affecting the bladder, both in children and adults. With improved medical care, long-term survival of these patients is expected. Common medical problems that can occur such as metabolic side effects including acid-base imbalances and nutritional issues need to be anticipated and addressed. In addition, surgical problems caused by impaired urinary drainage, namely stones and urinary tract infections, and mechanical factors related to catheterizable channels and continence also may compound postoperative management. The risk of malignancy after bladder augmentation and substitution, and appropriate surveillance for this, remains to be clearly defined. PMID:26088077

  7. Nanoparticle imaging. 3D structure of individual nanocrystals in solution by electron microscopy.

    PubMed

    Park, Jungwon; Elmlund, Hans; Ercius, Peter; Yuk, Jong Min; Limmer, David T; Chen, Qian; Kim, Kwanpyo; Han, Sang Hoon; Weitz, David A; Zettl, A; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2015-07-17

    Knowledge about the synthesis, growth mechanisms, and physical properties of colloidal nanoparticles has been limited by technical impediments. We introduce a method for determining three-dimensional (3D) structures of individual nanoparticles in solution. We combine a graphene liquid cell, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, a direct electron detector, and an algorithm for single-particle 3D reconstruction originally developed for analysis of biological molecules. This method yielded two 3D structures of individual platinum nanocrystals at near-atomic resolution. Because our method derives the 3D structure from images of individual nanoparticles rotating freely in solution, it enables the analysis of heterogeneous populations of potentially unordered nanoparticles that are synthesized in solution, thereby providing a means to understand the structure and stability of defects at the nanoscale. PMID:26185247

  8. Effect of solute atoms on dislocation motion in Mg: An electronic structure perspective

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsuru, T.; Chrzan, D. C.

    2015-03-01

    Solution strengthening is a well-known approach to tailoring the mechanical properties of structural alloys. Ultimately, the properties of the dislocation/solute interaction are rooted in the electronic structure of the alloy. Accordingly, we compute the electronic structure associated with, and the energy barriers to dislocation cross-slip. The energy barriers so obtained can be used in the development of multiscale models for dislocation mediated plasticity. The computed electronic structure can be used to identify substitutional solutes likely to interact strongly with the dislocation. Using the example of a-type screw dislocations in Mg, we compute accurately the Peierls barrier to prismatic plane slip and argue that Y, Ca, Ti, and Zr should interact strongly with the studied dislocation, and thereby decrease the dislocation slip anisotropy in the alloy.

  9. Effect of solute atoms on dislocation motion in Mg: An electronic structure perspective

    PubMed Central

    Tsuru, T.; Chrzan, D. C.

    2015-01-01

    Solution strengthening is a well-known approach to tailoring the mechanical properties of structural alloys. Ultimately, the properties of the dislocation/solute interaction are rooted in the electronic structure of the alloy. Accordingly, we compute the electronic structure associated with, and the energy barriers to dislocation cross-slip. The energy barriers so obtained can be used in the development of multiscale models for dislocation mediated plasticity. The computed electronic structure can be used to identify substitutional solutes likely to interact strongly with the dislocation. Using the example of a-type screw dislocations in Mg, we compute accurately the Peierls barrier to prismatic plane slip and argue that Y, Ca, Ti, and Zr should interact strongly with the studied dislocation, and thereby decrease the dislocation slip anisotropy in the alloy. PMID:25740411

  10. Diffusion accessibility as a method for visualizing macromolecular surface geometry.

    PubMed

    Tsai, Yingssu; Holton, Thomas; Yeates, Todd O

    2015-10-01

    Important three-dimensional spatial features such as depth and surface concavity can be difficult to convey clearly in the context of two-dimensional images. In the area of macromolecular visualization, the computer graphics technique of ray-tracing can be helpful, but further techniques for emphasizing surface concavity can give clearer perceptions of depth. The notion of diffusion accessibility is well-suited for emphasizing such features of macromolecular surfaces, but a method for calculating diffusion accessibility has not been made widely available. Here we make available a web-based platform that performs the necessary calculation by solving the Laplace equation for steady state diffusion, and produces scripts for visualization that emphasize surface depth by coloring according to diffusion accessibility. The URL is http://services.mbi.ucla.edu/DiffAcc/. PMID:26189444

  11. Path Similarity Analysis: A Method for Quantifying Macromolecular Pathways

    PubMed Central

    Seyler, Sean L.; Kumar, Avishek; Thorpe, M. F.; Beckstein, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    Diverse classes of proteins function through large-scale conformational changes and various sophisticated computational algorithms have been proposed to enhance sampling of these macromolecular transition paths. Because such paths are curves in a high-dimensional space, it has been difficult to quantitatively compare multiple paths, a necessary prerequisite to, for instance, assess the quality of different algorithms. We introduce a method named Path Similarity Analysis (PSA) that enables us to quantify the similarity between two arbitrary paths and extract the atomic-scale determinants responsible for their differences. PSA utilizes the full information available in 3N-dimensional configuration space trajectories by employing the Hausdorff or Fréchet metrics (adopted from computational geometry) to quantify the degree of similarity between piecewise-linear curves. It thus completely avoids relying on projections into low dimensional spaces, as used in traditional approaches. To elucidate the principles of PSA, we quantified the effect of path roughness induced by thermal fluctuations using a toy model system. Using, as an example, the closed-to-open transitions of the enzyme adenylate kinase (AdK) in its substrate-free form, we compared a range of protein transition path-generating algorithms. Molecular dynamics-based dynamic importance sampling (DIMS) MD and targeted MD (TMD) and the purely geometric FRODA (Framework Rigidity Optimized Dynamics Algorithm) were tested along with seven other methods publicly available on servers, including several based on the popular elastic network model (ENM). PSA with clustering revealed that paths produced by a given method are more similar to each other than to those from another method and, for instance, that the ENM-based methods produced relatively similar paths. PSA applied to ensembles of DIMS MD and FRODA trajectories of the conformational transition of diphtheria toxin, a particularly challenging example, showed that the geometry-based FRODA occasionally sampled the pathway space of force field-based DIMS MD. For the AdK transition, the new concept of a Hausdorff-pair map enabled us to extract the molecular structural determinants responsible for differences in pathways, namely a set of conserved salt bridges whose charge-charge interactions are fully modelled in DIMS MD but not in FRODA. PSA has the potential to enhance our understanding of transition path sampling methods, validate them, and to provide a new approach to analyzing conformational transitions. PMID:26488417

  12. A 3D cellular context for the macromolecular world

    PubMed Central

    Patwardhan, Ardan; Ashton, Alun; Brandt, Robert; Butcher, Sarah; Carzaniga, Raffaella; Chiu, Wah; Collinson, Lucy; Doux, Pascal; Duke, Elizabeth; Ellisman, Mark H; Franken, Erik; Grünewald, Kay; Heriche, Jean-Karim; Koster, Abraham; Kühlbrandt, Werner; Lagerstedt, Ingvar; Larabell, Carolyn; Lawson, Catherine L; Saibil, Helen R; Sanz-García, Eduardo; Subramaniam, Sriram; Verkade, Paul; Swedlow, Jason R; Kleywegt, Gerard J

    2015-01-01

    We report the outcomes of the discussion initiated at the workshop entitled A 3D Cellular Context for the Macromolecular World and propose how data from emerging three-dimensional (3D) cellular imaging techniques—such as electron tomography, 3D scanning electron microscopy and soft X-ray tomography—should be archived, curated, validated and disseminated, to enable their interpretation and reuse by the biomedical community. PMID:25289590

  13. Impact of synchrotron radiation on macromolecular crystallography: a personal view

    PubMed Central

    Dauter, Zbigniew; Jaskolski, Mariusz; Wlodawer, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    The introduction of synchrotron radiation sources almost four decades ago has led to a revolutionary change in the way that diffraction data from macromolecular crystals are being collected. Here a brief history of the development of methodologies that took advantage of the availability of synchrotron sources are presented, and some personal experiences with the utilization of synchrotrons in the early days are recalled. PMID:20567074

  14. Biological organization: Macromolecular interactions at high resolution

    SciTech Connect

    Burnett, R.M.; Vogel, H.J.

    1987-01-01

    The main thrust of this book is to feature important current information on interactions of macromolecules themselves (rather than, say, enzyme-substrate interactions). Viruses, as paradigms of small biological systems, are covered as are the pivotal areas of DNA-protein and of antibody interactions. The treatment of the comparatively new field of membrane structure at high resolution includes the latest results on the photosynthetic reaction center, placed in perspective by contributions on light sensitivity of proteins. Finally, chapters on signal receptors highlight the importance of mechanisms for the control of the other systems presented.

  15. Structure solution of DNA-binding proteins and complexes with ARCIMBOLDO libraries

    SciTech Connect

    Pröpper, Kevin; Meindl, Kathrin; Sammito, Massimo; Dittrich, Birger; Sheldrick, George M.; Pohl, Ehmke; Usón, Isabel

    2014-06-01

    The structure solution of DNA-binding protein structures and complexes based on the combination of location of DNA-binding protein motif fragments with density modification in a multi-solution frame is described. Protein–DNA interactions play a major role in all aspects of genetic activity within an organism, such as transcription, packaging, rearrangement, replication and repair. The molecular detail of protein–DNA interactions can be best visualized through crystallography, and structures emphasizing insight into the principles of binding and base-sequence recognition are essential to understanding the subtleties of the underlying mechanisms. An increasing number of high-quality DNA-binding protein structure determinations have been witnessed despite the fact that the crystallographic particularities of nucleic acids tend to pose specific challenges to methods primarily developed for proteins. Crystallographic structure solution of protein–DNA complexes therefore remains a challenging area that is in need of optimized experimental and computational methods. The potential of the structure-solution program ARCIMBOLDO for the solution of protein–DNA complexes has therefore been assessed. The method is based on the combination of locating small, very accurate fragments using the program Phaser and density modification with the program SHELXE. Whereas for typical proteins main-chain ?-helices provide the ideal, almost ubiquitous, small fragments to start searches, in the case of DNA complexes the binding motifs and DNA double helix constitute suitable search fragments. The aim of this work is to provide an effective library of search fragments as well as to determine the optimal ARCIMBOLDO strategy for the solution of this class of structures.

  16. Local structure of the halite-sylvine solid solution according to the computer simulation data

    SciTech Connect

    Urusov, V. S. Leonenko, E. V.

    2008-09-15

    The structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of halite NaCl and sylvine KCl and the miscibility properties of the NaCl-KCl solid solution found by computer simulation are in good agreement with the experimental data. Analysis of the relaxation of the solid solution structure suggests that both anion and cation sublattices are distorted; however, the anion sublattice is distorted much more strongly. Calculations of the local bond valence at all types of ions in the solid solution show opposite deviations from the balance at cations, whereas the general balance is retained. The values of the electrostatic potential in the ion positions reflect weakening of bonding in the solid solution with respect to its pure components. In addition, with an increase in the average interatomic distance in the first coordination sphere around cations, the modulus of the electrostatic potential at cations decreases.

  17. Macromolecular assemblies in reduced gravity environments

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Moos, Philip J.; Hayes, James W.; Stodieck, Louis S.; Luttges, Marvin W.

    1990-01-01

    The assembly of protein macro molecules into structures commonly produced within biological systems was achieved using in vitro techniques carried out in nominal as well as reduced gravity environments. Appropriate hardware was designed and fabricated to support such studies. Experimental protocols were matched to the available reduced gravity test opportunities. In evaluations of tubulin, fibrin and collagen assembly products the influence of differing gravity test conditions are apparent. Product homogeneity and organization were characteristic enhancements documented in reduced gravity samples. These differences can be related to the fluid flow conditions that exist during in vitro product formation. Reduced gravity environments may provide a robust opportunity for directing the products formed in a variety of bioprocessing applications.

  18. Yang-Mills Solutions and Dyons on Cylinders over Coset Spaces with Sasakian Structure

    E-print Network

    Maike Tormählen

    2014-12-22

    We present solutions of the Yang-Mills equation on cylinders $\\mathbb R\\times G/H$ over coset spaces with Sasakian structure and odd dimension $2m+1$. The gauge potential is assumed to be $SU(m)$-equivariant, parametrized by two real, scalar-valued functions. Yang-Mills theory with torsion in this setup reduces to the Newtonian mechanics of a point particle moving in $\\mathbb R^2$ under the influence of an inverted potential. We analyze the critical points of this potential and present an analytic as well as several numerical finite-action solutions. Apart from the Yang-Mills solutions that constitute $SU(m)$-equivariant instanton configurations, we construct periodic sphaleron solutions on $S^1\\times G/H$ and dyon solutions on $i\\mathbb R\\times G/H$.

  19. Electronic structure and solution behavior of a tris(N,N'-diphenylhydrazido)manganese(IV) propeller complex.

    PubMed

    Kondaveeti, Sandeep K; Vaddypally, Shivaiah; McCall, Jeffrey D; Zdilla, Michael J

    2012-07-14

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of the manganese(IV) trihydrazide propeller complex, Li(2)Mn(?(2)-PhN-NPh)(3)L(2) (1, L = tetrahydrofuran, diethyl ether), are explored. EPR and solid-state magnetometry studies are indicative of a high spin Mn(IV) with a S = 3/2 spin state. Solution-phase magnetic measurements result in a measured ?(eff) less than that expected for a S = 3/2, indicating a solution-phase equilibrium with a lower-spin species. Concentration-dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements identify clustering of 1 to an antiferromagnetically coupled multinuclear complex as the most likely explanation for the solution behavior. Comparative infrared spectroscopy in solution and solid phase are described which support speciation in solution. PMID:22610376

  20. On the structure of solutions to a class of quasilinear elliptic Neumann problems. Part II

    PubMed Central

    Zhao, Chunshan; Li, Yi

    2010-01-01

    We continue our work (Y. Li, C. Zhao in J Differ Equ 212:208–233, 2005) to study the structure of positive solutions to the equation ?m ?mu ? um?1 + f(u) = 0 with homogeneous Neumann boundary condition in a smooth bounded domain of RN (N ? 2). First, we study subcritical case for 2 < m < N and show that after passing by a sequence positive solutions go to a constant in C1, ? sense as ? ? ?. Second, we study the critical case for 1 < m < N and prove that there is a uniform upper bound independent of ? ? [1, ?) for the least-energy solutions. Third, we show that in the critical case for 1 < m ? 2 the least energy solutions must be a constant if ? is sufficiently large and for 2 < m < N the least energy solutions go to a constant in C1, ? sense as ? ? ?. PMID:20700388

  1. Effect of Storage Time and Concentration on Structure of Regenerated Silk Fibroin Solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xie, Fang; Shao, Huili; Hu, Xuechao

    Concentrated regenerated silk fibroin (RSF) aqueous solutions with concentration close to that of the native silk fibroin (15.5%, 25.5% and 31%) were prepared. The effect of storage time and concentration on the conformational transition of the concentrated RSF aqueous solution was studied by Raman spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. At the same time, the conformational change of RSF aqueous solution in flowing state was also investigated. It was found that the conformation of silk fibroin was changed gradually from random coil/?-helix to ?-sheet structure during the storage. And the conformational transformation was accelerated with the increasing of the RSF aqueous solution concentration. When the solution was in flowing state, the conformational transformation was also accelerated.

  2. Ice crystallization in ultrafine water-salt aerosols: nucleation, ice-solution equilibrium, and internal structure.

    PubMed

    Hudait, Arpa; Molinero, Valeria

    2014-06-01

    Atmospheric aerosols have a strong influence on Earth's climate. Elucidating the physical state and internal structure of atmospheric aqueous aerosols is essential to predict their gas and water uptake, and the locus and rate of atmospherically important heterogeneous reactions. Ultrafine aerosols with sizes between 3 and 15 nm have been detected in large numbers in the troposphere and tropopause. Nanoscopic aerosols arising from bubble bursting of natural and artificial seawater have been identified in laboratory and field experiments. The internal structure and phase state of these aerosols, however, cannot yet be determined in experiments. Here we use molecular simulations to investigate the phase behavior and internal structure of liquid, vitrified, and crystallized water-salt ultrafine aerosols with radii from 2.5 to 9.5 nm and with up to 10% moles of ions. We find that both ice crystallization and vitrification of the nanodroplets lead to demixing of pure water from the solutions. Vitrification of aqueous nanodroplets yields nanodomains of pure low-density amorphous ice in coexistence with vitrified solute rich aqueous glass. The melting temperature of ice in the aerosols decreases monotonically with an increase of solute fraction and decrease of radius. The simulations reveal that nucleation of ice occurs homogeneously at the subsurface of the water-salt nanoparticles. Subsequent ice growth yields phase-segregated, internally mixed, aerosols with two phases in equilibrium: a concentrated water-salt amorphous mixture and a spherical cap-like ice nanophase. The surface of the crystallized aerosols is heterogeneous, with ice and solution exposed to the vapor. Free energy calculations indicate that as the concentration of salt in the particles, the advance of the crystallization, or the size of the particles increase, the stability of the spherical cap structure increases with respect to the alternative structure in which a core of ice is fully surrounded by solution. We predict that micrometer-sized particles and nanoparticles have the same equilibrium internal structure. The variation of liquid-vapor surface tension with solute concentration is a key factor in determining whether a solution-embedded ice core or vapor-exposed ice cap is the equilibrium structure of the aerosols. In agreement with experiments, we predict that the structure of mixed-phase HNO3-water particles, representative of polar stratospheric clouds, consists of an ice core surrounded by freeze-concentrated solution. The results of this work are important to determine the phase state and internal structure of sea spray ultrafine aerosols and other mixed-phase particles under atmospherically relevant conditions. PMID:24820354

  3. Self-organization of amphiphilic macromolecules with local helix structure in concentrated solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Glagolev, M. K.; Vasilevskaya, V. V.; Khokhlov, A. R.

    2012-08-01

    Concentrated solutions of amphiphilic macromolecules with local helical structure were studied by means of molecular dynamic simulations. It is shown that in poor solvent the macromolecules are assembled into wire-like aggregates having complex core-shell structure. The core consists of a hydrophobic backbone of the chains which intertwine around each other. It is protected by the shell of hydrophilic side groups. In racemic mixture of right-hand and left-hand helix macromolecules the wire-like complex is a chain of braid bundles of macromolecules with the same chirality stacking at their ends. The average number of macromolecules in the wire cross-section is close to that of separate bundles observed in dilute solutions of such macromolecules. The effects described here could serve as a simple model of self-organization in solutions of macromolecules with local helical structure.

  4. Patchy worm-like micelles: solution structure studied by small-angle neutron scattering

    E-print Network

    S. Rosenfeldt; F. Luedel; C. Schulreich; T. Hellweg; A. Radulescu; J. Schmelz; H. Schmalz; L. Harnau

    2012-09-20

    Triblock terpolymers exhibit a rich self-organization behavior including the formation of fascinating cylindrical core-shell structures with a phase separated corona. After crystallization-induced self-assembly of polystryrene-(block)-polyethylene-(block)-poly(methyl methacrylate) triblock terpolymers (abbreviated as SEMs = Styrene-Ethylene-Methacrylates) from solution, worm-like core-shell micelles with a patchy corona of polystryrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) were observed by transmission electron microscopy. However, the solution structure is still a matter of debate. Here, we present a method to distinguish in-situ between a Janus-type (two faced) and a patchy (multiple compartments) configuration of the corona. To discriminate between both models the scattering intensity must be determined mainly by one corona compartment. Contrast variation in small-angle neutron scattering enables us to focus on one compartment of the SEMs. The results validate the existence of the patchy structure also in solution.

  5. An efficient closed-form solution for acoustic emission source location in three-dimensional structures

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Xibing; Dong, Longjun; Australian Centre for Geomechanics, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009

    2014-02-15

    This paper presents an efficient closed-form solution (ECS) for acoustic emission(AE) source location in three-dimensional structures using time difference of arrival (TDOA) measurements from N receivers, N ? 6. The nonlinear location equations of TDOA are simplified to linear equations. The unique analytical solution of AE sources for unknown velocity system is obtained by solving the linear equations. The proposed ECS method successfully solved the problems of location errors resulting from measured deviations of velocity as well as the existence and multiplicity of solutions induced by calculations of square roots in existed close-form methods.

  6. Effect of temporary network structure on linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity of polymer solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cho, Kwang Soo; Kim, Jae Woo; Bae, Jung-Eun; Youk, Ji Ho; Jeon, Hyun Jeong; Song, Ki-Won

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the effects of temporary network structures on linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity of polymer solutions by use of oscillatory shear (LAOS) flow. We tested two different types of polymer solutions: entanglement systems and ion complex systems. It was found that the entanglement network is difficult to show shear-thickening while network of ion complex gives rise to shear-thickening. The objectives of this paper are the test of strain-frequency superposition for various polymer solutions and to suggest a new method classifying complex fluids consisting temporary networks using LAOS data.

  7. The Effect of Cholesterol on the Solution Structure of Proteins of Photosystem II. Protein Secondary Structure and

    E-print Network

    Carpentier, Robert

    The Effect of Cholesterol on the Solution Structure of Proteins of Photosystem II. Protein, 1998 Cholesterol induces large perturbations in the physical proper- ties of membranes, especially at physiological temperatures. This study was designed to examine the interaction of cholesterol with lipid

  8. Structure of the Human Telomere in K+ Solution: An Intramolecular (3 + 1) G-Quadruplex Scaffold

    PubMed Central

    Luu, Kim Ngoc; Kuryavyi, Vitaly; Lacroix, Laurent

    2015-01-01

    We present the intramolecular G-quadruplex structure of human telomeric DNA in physiologically relevant K+ solution. This G-quadruplex, whose (3 + 1) topology differs from folds reported previously in Na+ solution and in a K+-containing crystal, involves the following: one anti•syn•syn•syn and two syn•anti•anti•anti G-tetrads; one double-chain reversal and two edgewise loops; three G-tracts oriented in one direction and the fourth in the opposite direction. The topological characteristics of this (3 + 1) G-quadruplex scaffold should provide a unique platform for structure-based anticancer drug design targeted to human telomeric DNA. PMID:16866556

  9. Atomic detail brownian dynamics simulations of concentrated protein solutions with a mean field treatment of hydrodynamic interactions.

    SciTech Connect

    Mereghetti, Paolo; Wade, Rebecca C.

    2012-07-26

    High macromolecular concentrations are a distinguishing feature of living organisms. Understanding how the high concentration of solutes affects the dynamic properties of biological macromolecules is fundamental for the comprehension of biological processes in living systems. In this paper, we describe the implementation of mean field models of translational and rotational hydrodynamic interactions into an atomically detailed many-protein brownian dynamics simulation method. Concentrated solutions (30-40% volume fraction) of myoglobin, hemoglobin A, and sickle cell hemoglobin S were simulated, and static structure factors, oligomer formation, and translational and rotational self-diffusion coefficients were computed. Good agreement of computed properties with available experimental data was obtained. The results show the importance of both solvent mediated interactions and weak protein-protein interactions for accurately describing the dynamics and the association properties of concentrated protein solutions. Specifically, they show a qualitative difference in the translational and rotational dynamics of the systems studied. Although the translational diffusion coefficient is controlled by macromolecular shape and hydrodynamic interactions, the rotational diffusion coefficient is affected by macromolecular shape, direct intermolecular interactions, and both translational and rotational hydrodynamic interactions.

  10. Aromatic units from the macromolecular material in meteorites: Molecular probes of cosmic environments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sephton, Mark A.

    2013-04-01

    Ancient meteorites contain several percent of organic matter that represents a chronicle of chemical evolution in the early solar system. Aromatic hydrocarbon units make up the majority of meteorite organic matter but reading their record of organic evolution is not straightforward and their formation mechanisms have remained elusive. Most aromatic units reside in a macromolecular material and new perceptions of its structure have been provided by a novel on-line hydrogenation approach. When applied to the Orgueil (CI1) and Murchison (CM2) meteorites the technique releases a range of aromatic hydrocarbons along with some oxygen, sulphur and nitrogen-containing aromatic units. When on-line hydrogenation is compared to conventional pyrolysis, more high molecular weight units and a wider range of liberated entities are evident. Comparisons of results from Orgueil and Murchison reveal variations that are most likely related to differing levels of parent body alteration. The enhancement of straight-chain hydrocarbons (n-alkanes) in the hydrogenation products imply a source of these common contaminants from straight-chain carboxylic acid (n-alkanoic acid) precursors, perhaps from bacterial contributions on Earth. The on-line hydrogenation data also highlight a long-standing but unexplained observation related to the relative preference for specific isomers in methyl-substituted benzenes (meta-, ortho- and para-xylenes). The new hydrogenation approach appears to release and transform macromolecular material meta-structures (benzenes with substituents separated by single carbon atoms) into their free hydrocarbon counterparts. Their release characteristics suggest that the meta-structures are bound by oxygen-linkages. The meta-structures may be molecular probes of specific ancient cosmic environments. Parent body processing may have performed a similar function as hydrogenation to produce the most common meta configuration for free substituted benzenes. Notably, this isomeric preference for substituted benzenes is relatively distinctive for meteorites and can help in the discrimination of meteorite-derived and fossil biology-derived organic matter on Earth and on Mars.

  11. A decade of user operation on the macromolecular crystallography MAD beamline ID14-4 at the ESRF

    PubMed Central

    McCarthy, Andrew A.; Brockhauser, Sandor; Nurizzo, Didier; Theveneau, Pascal; Mairs, Trevor; Spruce, Darren; Guijarro, Matias; Lesourd, Marc; Ravelli, Raimond B. G.; McSweeney, Sean

    2009-01-01

    ID14-4 at the ESRF is the first tunable undulator-based macromolecular crystallography beamline that can celebrate a decade of user service. During this time ID14-4 has not only been instrumental in the determination of the structures of biologically important molecules but has also contributed significantly to the development of various instruments, novel data collection schemes and pioneering radiation damage studies on biological samples. Here, the evolution of ID14-4 over the last decade is presented, and some of the major improvements that were carried out in order to maintain its status as one of the most productive macromolecular crystallography beamlines are highlighted. The experimental hutch has been upgraded to accommodate a high-precision diffractometer, a sample changer and a large CCD detector. More recently, the optical hutch has been refurbished in order to improve the X-ray beam quality on ID14-4 and to incorporate the most modern and robust optical elements used at other ESRF beamlines. These new optical elements will be described and their effect on beam stability discussed. These studies may be useful in the design, construction and maintenance of future X-ray beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and indeed other applications, such as those planned for the ESRF upgrade. PMID:19844017

  12. Implementation and performance of SIBYLS: a dual endstation small-angle X-ray scattering and macromolecular crystallography beamline at the Advanced Light Source

    PubMed Central

    Classen, Scott; Hura, Greg L.; Holton, James M.; Rambo, Robert P.; Rodic, Ivan; McGuire, Patrick J.; Dyer, Kevin; Hammel, Michal; Meigs, George; Frankel, Kenneth A.; Tainer, John A.

    2013-01-01

    The SIBYLS beamline (12.3.1) of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, supported by the US Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, is optimized for both small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and macromolecular crystallography (MX), making it unique among the world’s mostly SAXS or MX dedicated beamlines. Since SIBYLS was commissioned, assessments of the limitations and advantages of a combined SAXS and MX beamline have suggested new strategies for integration and optimal data collection methods and have led to additional hardware and software enhancements. Features described include a dual mode monochromator [containing both Si(111) crystals and Mo/B4C multilayer elements], rapid beamline optics conversion between SAXS and MX modes, active beam stabilization, sample-loading robotics, and mail-in and remote data collection. These features allow users to gain valuable insights from both dynamic solution scattering and high-resolution atomic diffraction experiments performed at a single synchrotron beamline. Key practical issues considered for data collection and analysis include radiation damage, structural ensembles, alternative conformers and flexibility. SIBYLS develops and applies efficient combined MX and SAXS methods that deliver high-impact results by providing robust cost-effective routes to connect structures to biology and by performing experiments that aid beamline designs for next generation light sources. PMID:23396808

  13. Solution Structure of a Circular-permuted Variant of the Potent HIV-inactivating Protein Cyanovirin-N

    E-print Network

    Ratner, Daniel M.

    Solution Structure of a Circular-permuted Variant of the Potent HIV-inactivating Protein Cyanovirin-N: Structural Basis for Protein Stability and Oligosaccharide Interaction Laura G. Barrientos1 , John M. Louis1, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA The high-resolution solution structure of a monomeric circular permuted (cp

  14. High-Resolution Solution Structure of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor Determined by Multidimensional Heteronuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

    E-print Network

    Powers, Robert

    High-Resolution Solution Structure of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor Determined by Multidimensional-resolution solution structure of recombinant human basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2), a protein of 17.2 k similarity between the NMR and X-ray structures. Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2),1 a member

  15. Structural characterization of NaOH aqueous solution in the glass and liquid states

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bruni, F.; Ricci, M. A.; Soper, A. K.

    2001-05-01

    Using the technique of hydrogen and deuterium substitution, the structure of water in concentrated NaOH solution (10 M) is explored. It is found that major changes in water structure occur both in the liquid phase at T=300 K and in the glassy phase at T=173 K. In particular the 4.4 Å peak in the OO pair correlation function of pure water, which is normally viewed as indicating tetrahedral short-range coordination in water, is totally absent in the NaOH solution at room temperature, and shows up only as a small feature in the NaOH solution in the glassy state. Corresponding changes occur in the OH and HH correlation functions: The hydrogen bond peak position is shifted from 1.85 Å in pure water to 1.65 Å for both the liquid and glassy NaOH, with a reduced number of hydrogen bonds in the glassy phase. The intramolecular HH distance, 1.5 Å, of the water molecule is unaffected by the presence of the solute, but the positions of the peaks in the HH function at 2.4 and 3.8 Å, due to the orientational correlation between neighboring pure water molecules, are respectively, shifted to 2.15 and 3.5 Å. The above findings indicate that ions in aqueous solutions induce a change in water structure equivalent to the application of high pressures.

  16. Comparison of shock structure solutions using independent continuum and kinetic theory approaches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fiscko, Kurt A.; Chapman, Dean R.

    1988-01-01

    A vehicle traversing the atmosphere will experience flight regimes at high altitudes in which the thickness of a hypersonic shock wave is not small compared to the shock standoff distance from the hard body. When this occurs, it is essential to compute accurate flow field solutions within the shock structure. In this paper, one-dimensional shock structure is investigated for various monatomic gases from Mach 1.4 to Mach 35. Kinetic theory solutions are computed using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method. Steady-state solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations and of a slightly truncated form of the Burnett equations are determined by relaxation to a steady state of the time-dependent continuum equations. Monte Carlo results are in excellent agreement with published experimental data and are used as bases of comparison for continuum solutions. For a Maxwellian gas, the truncated Burnett equations are shown to produce far more accurate solutions of shock structure than the Navier-Stokes equations.

  17. Assembly of macromolecular complexes by satisfaction of spatial restraints from electron microscopy images

    E-print Network

    Sali, Andrej

    Assembly of macromolecular complexes by satisfaction of spatial restraints from electron microscopy, and optional restraints from proteomics and chemical cross-linking experiments. The optimization relies

  18. Transformations of the macromolecular landscape at mitochondria during DNA-damage-induced apoptotic cell death

    PubMed Central

    Yadav, N; Pliss, A; Kuzmin, A; Rapali, P; Sun, L; Prasad, P; Chandra, D

    2014-01-01

    Apoptosis is a dynamic process regulated by mitochondrion critical for cellular respiration and survival. Execution of apoptosis is mediated by multiple protein signaling events at mitochondria. Initiation and progression of apoptosis require numerous apoptogenic factors that are either released from or sequestered in mitochondria, which may transform the biomolecular makeup of the organelle. In this communication, using Raman microspectroscopy, we demonstrate that transformation in biomolecular composition of mitochondrion may be used as apoptosis marker in an individual cell. For the first time, we show that significant changes occur in the concentrations of RNA, DNA, protein, and lipid constituents of mitochondria during apoptosis. The structural analysis of proteins on mitochondria demonstrated a decrease in ?-helix secondary structure content, and an increase in the levels of random coils and ?-sheets on mitochondria. This may represent an additional hallmark of apoptosis. Strikingly, we observed nearly identical changes in macromolecular content of mitochondria both in the presence and absence of a key proapoptotic protein, Bax (Bcl-2-associated X protein). Increased DNA level in mitochondria corresponded with higher mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), and mitochondrial ROS production. Upregulation of polymerase-? (POLG), mitochondrial helicase Twinkle, and mitochondrial transcription factor A (Tfam) in response to DNA damage correlated with increased mtDNA and RNA synthesis. Elevated activity of oxidative phosphorylation complexes supports functional mitochondrial respiration during apoptosis. Thus, we define previously unknown dynamic correlation of macromolecular structure of mitochondria and apoptosis progression in the presence and absence of Bax protein. These findings open up a new approach for monitoring physiological status of cells by non invasive single-cell method. PMID:25299778

  19. Structural Properties of High and Low Density Water in a Supercooled Aqueous Solution of Salt

    E-print Network

    D. Corradini; M. Rovere; P. Gallo

    2011-01-27

    We consider and compare the structural properties of bulk TIP4P water and of a sodium chloride aqueous solution in TIP4P water with concentration c = 0.67 mol/kg, in the metastable supercooled region. In a previous paper [D. Corradini, M. Rovere and P. Gallo, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 134508 (2010)] we found in both systems the presence of a liquid-liquid critical point (LLCP). The LLCP is believed to be the end point of the coexistence line between a high density liquid (HDL) and a low density liquid (LDL) phase of water. In the present paper we study the different features of water-water structure in HDL and LDL both in bulk water and in the solution. We find that the ions are able to modify the bulk LDL structure, rendering water-water structure more similar to the bulk HDL case. By the study of the hydration structure in HDL and LDL, a possible mechanism for the modification of the bulk LDL structure in the solution is identified in the substitution of the oxygen by the chloride ion in oxygen coordination shells.

  20. Combining crystallography and EPR: crystal and solution structures of the multidomain cochaperone DnaJ

    SciTech Connect

    Barends, Thomas R. M.; Brosi, Richard W. W.; Steinmetz, Andrea; Scherer, Anna; Hartmann, Elisabeth; Eschenbach, Jessica; Lorenz, Thorsten; Seidel, Ralf; Shoeman, Robert L.; Zimmermann, Sabine; Bittl, Robert; Schlichting, Ilme; Reinstein, Jochen

    2013-08-01

    The crystal structure of the N-terminal part of T. thermophilus DnaJ unexpectedly showed an ordered GF domain and guided the design of a construct enabling the first structure determination of a complete DnaJ cochaperone molecule. By combining the crystal structures with spin-labelling EPR and cross-linking in solution, a dynamic view of this flexible molecule was developed. Hsp70 chaperones assist in a large variety of protein-folding processes in the cell. Crucial for these activities is the regulation of Hsp70 by Hsp40 cochaperones. DnaJ, the bacterial homologue of Hsp40, stimulates ATP hydrolysis by DnaK (Hsp70) and thus mediates capture of substrate protein, but is also known to possess chaperone activity of its own. The first structure of a complete functional dimeric DnaJ was determined and the mobility of its individual domains in solution was investigated. Crystal structures of the complete molecular cochaperone DnaJ from Thermus thermophilus comprising the J, GF and C-terminal domains and of the J and GF domains alone showed an ordered GF domain interacting with the J domain. Structure-based EPR spin-labelling studies as well as cross-linking results showed the existence of multiple states of DnaJ in solution with different arrangements of the various domains, which has implications for the function of DnaJ.

  1. Solution structures of Alzheimer's amyloid A?13-23 peptide: NMR studies in solution and in SDS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Usachev, K. S.; Filippov, A. V.; Filippova, E. A.; Antzutkin, O. N.; Klochkov, V. V.

    2013-10-01

    To be believed that interaction of amyloid peptides with the cellular membrane is one of the mechanisms for the neurotoxicity of A?. Therefore, structural studies of beta-amyloid in solution and in a "peptide-bio-membrane" complex are of intense interest. The aim of this study was to acquire a better understanding of the mechanism of "A? peptide-micelle surface" complex formation. Previous studies of A? peptides binding on the micelle surface show the presence of helical region between 15-24 residues and that fragment between 11-28 residues have a tendency to exit the hydrophobic environment of the micelle core and to bind to the micelle surface. In present paper we considered the fragment of A? from 13 to 23 residues and found that L17, F19 and F20 residues region play a great role in the process of binding of A? to the micelle surface.

  2. Aqueous Solutions of Amino Acid Based Ionic Liquids. Dispersion and Structure

    E-print Network

    Chaban, Vitaly V

    2014-01-01

    New ionic liquids (ILs) are continuously introduced involving an increasing number of organic and inorganic ions. Amino acid based ILs (AAILs) represent a specific interest due to their natural origin and, allegedly, low cost. We apply our recently developed force field for imidazolium-based AAILs to investigate structure properties in their aqueous solutions via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. By reporting cluster analysis, radial distribution functions and spatial distribution functions, we argue that AAIL ions are well dispersed in the aqueous media, irrespective of the AAIL content. Aqueous solutions of AAILs exhibit desirable properties as solvents for chemical engineering. The AAILs in relatively dilute aqueous solutions (10 mol% AAIL) exist as ion pairs, while more concentrated solutions feature certain amount of larger ionic aggregates.

  3. Bass Hepcidin Synthesis, Solution Structure, Antimicrobial Activities and Synergism, and in Vivo Hepatic Response to

    E-print Network

    Nizet, Victor

    Bass Hepcidin Synthesis, Solution Structure, Antimicrobial Activities and Synergism, and in Vivo saxatilis) based on antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli. This 21-amino acid peptide has 8 in fish, we synthesized the peptide, characterized its antimicrobial activities in vitro, deter- mined its

  4. Coagulation-diffusion systems: Derivation and existence of solutions for the diffuse interface structure equations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Slemrod, M.

    1990-12-01

    This paper considers an infinite system of partial differential equations, the coagulation-diffusion equations, which add spatial diffusion to the classical coagulation equations. The main emphasis is placed on deriving an infinite system of ordinary differential equations which described the structured interface between reacting coagulation and dilute concentration. Existence of solutions to interfacial equaitons is proven under spatial boundary conditions.

  5. Structure and Dynamics of NaCl Ion Pairing in Solutions of Water and Methanol.

    PubMed

    Kelley, Morgan; Donley, Amber; Clark, Sue; Clark, Aurora

    2015-12-24

    Ion pairing can have profound effects upon the ionic strength of electrolyte solutions but is poorly understood in solutions containing more than one solvent. Herein a combined density functional theory and molecular dynamics approach is used to examine the effect of both methanol concentration and interionic distance upon the structure and dynamics within successive solvation shells of Na(+) and Cl(-) in water/methanol binary solutions. The structure and dynamics of the first and second solvation shells were studied along a reaction coordinate associated with ion pair formation using potential of mean force simulations. The lifetimes of the solvent-solvent hydrogen bonds become perturbed when the second solvation shells of the ions begin to interact. In contrast, the structural properties within the first and second solvation shells of the ions were found to be largely independent of both methanol concentration and interionic distance until a contact ion pair is formed. Thus, as the ions are brought together, the effect of the opposing ion manifests itself in the solvation dynamics before any structural changes are observed. As anticipated based upon the decreased dielectric constant of the binary solution, ion pair formation becomes energetically more favorable as the concentration of methanol increases. PMID:26641882

  6. Two Solution Concepts for TU Games with Cycle-Free Directed Cooperation Structures

    E-print Network

    Al Hanbali, Ahmad

    Two Solution Concepts for TU Games with Cycle-Free Directed Cooperation Structures Anna-mail: talman@uvt.nl. Abstract. For arbitrary cycle-free directed graph games tree-type values are introduced of cycle-free digraph games in which the players are partially ordered and the communication via bilateral

  7. Supramolecular porphyrinic prisms: coordinative assembly and solution phase X-ray structural characterization{

    E-print Network

    Supramolecular porphyrinic prisms: coordinative assembly and solution phase X-ray structural 2006 DOI: 10.1039/b610025b Supramolecular porphyrin prisms have been obtained via coordinative self on the formation of well defined prism-shaped assemblies featuring three, six, or nine porphyrins and comprising

  8. 3734 Biochemistry 1987, 26, 3734-3744 Refinement of the Solution Structure of the DNA Decamer

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    dependence of the nuclear Overhauser effects a set of 160 approximate interproton distances is determined of a study on the effects of base sequenceon nucleic acid structure in solution we present a combined nuclear Restrained Molecular Dynamics' 5'd(CTGGATCCAG),: Combined Use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Michael

  9. Solution Structure of BmBKTx1, a New BKCa Channel Blocker from the Chinese

    E-print Network

    Tian, Weidong

    Articles Solution Structure of BmBKTx1, a New BKCa 1 Channel Blocker from the Chinese ScorpionBKTx1 is a 31-amino acid peptide identified from the venom of the Chinese scorpion Buthus martensi that the BmBKTx1 forms a typical cysteine-stabilized R/ scaffold adopted by most short-chain scorpion toxins

  10. Lithium Diisopropylamide Solvated by Monodentate and Bidentate Ligands: Solution Structures and Ligand Binding

    E-print Network

    Collum, David B.

    Lithium Diisopropylamide Solvated by Monodentate and Bidentate Ligands: Solution Structures, 1997X Abstract: 6Li and 15N NMR spectroscopic studies of lithium diisopropylamide ([6Li]LDA and [6Li,15 are correlated with those obtained previously for lithium hexamethyldisilazide. Introduction Despite

  11. Solution Structure of the Phosphoryl Transfer Complex between the Signal-transducing Protein IIAGlucose

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    . The proteins downstream from HPr are sugar- specific, comprising four distinct families of IIA permeases (2Solution Structure of the Phosphoryl Transfer Complex between the Signal-transducing Protein are supplemented by pe- ripheral electrostatic interactions involving an alter- nating distribution of positively

  12. Protein folding, protein structure and the origin of life: Theoretical methods and solutions of dynamical problems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Weaver, D. L.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical methods and solutions of the dynamics of protein folding, protein aggregation, protein structure, and the origin of life are discussed. The elements of a dynamic model representing the initial stages of protein folding are presented. The calculation and experimental determination of the model parameters are discussed. The use of computer simulation for modeling protein folding is considered.

  13. The supramolecular structure of the GPCR rhodopsin in solution and native disc membranes

    E-print Network

    Palczewski, Krzysztof

    The supramolecular structure of the GPCR rhodopsin in solution and native disc membranes Kitaru signals carried by fluctuating levels of hormones, neurotransmitters, and peptides across the plasma mem of these receptors in biosynthesis, resting state, and activation processes could not be identified due

  14. Decision-making in structure solution using Bayesian estimates of map quality: the PHENIX autosol wizard

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C; Adams, Paul D; Read, Randy J; Mccoy, Airlie J

    2008-01-01

    Ten measures of experimental electron-density-map quality are examined and the skewness of electron density is found to be the best indicator of actual map quality. A Bayesian approach to estimating map quality is developed and used in the PHENIX AutoSol wizard to make decisions during automated structure solution.

  15. Liquid-Structure Forces and Electrostatic Modulation of Biomolecular Interactions in Solution

    PubMed Central

    Hassan, Sergio A.

    2008-01-01

    Molecular interactions in solution are controlled by the bulk medium and by the forces originating in the structured region of the solvent close to the solutes. In this paper, a model of electrostatic and liquid-structure forces for dynamics simulations of biomolecules is presented. The model introduces information on the microscopic nature of the liquid in the vicinity of polar and charged groups and the associated non-pairwise character of the forces, thus improving upon conventional continuum representations. The solvent is treated as a polar and polarizable medium, with dielectric properties described by an inhomogeneous version of the Onsager theory. This treatment leads to an effective position-dependent dielectric permittivity that incorporates saturation effects of the electric field and the spatial variation of the liquid density. The non-pairwise additivity of the liquid-structure forces is represented by centers of force located at specific points in the liquid phase. These out-of-the-solute centers are positioned at the peaks of liquid density and exert local, external forces on the atoms of the solute. The density is calculated from a barometric law, using a Lennard-Jones-type solute–liquid effective interaction potential. The conceptual aspects of the model and its exact numerical solutions are discussed for single alkali and halide ions and for ion-pair interactions. The practical aspects of the model and the simplifications introduced for efficient computation of forces in molecular solutes are discussed in the context of polar and charged amino acid dimers. The model reproduces the contact and solvent-separated minima and the desolvation barriers of intermolecular potentials of mean force of amino acid dimers, as observed in atomistic dynamics simulations. Possible refinements based on an improved treatment of molecular correlations are discussed. PMID:17201447

  16. The kinetic dose limit in room-temperature time-resolved macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Schmidt, M.; Srajer, V.; Purwar, N.; Tripathi, S.

    2012-05-24

    Protein X-ray structures are determined with ionizing radiation that damages the protein at high X-ray doses. As a result, diffraction patterns deteriorate with the increased absorbed dose. Several strategies such as sample freezing or scavenging of X-ray-generated free radicals are currently employed to minimize this damage. However, little is known about how the absorbed X-ray dose affects time-resolved Laue data collected at physiological temperatures where the protein is fully functional in the crystal, and how the kinetic analysis of such data depends on the absorbed dose. Here, direct evidence for the impact of radiation damage on the function of a protein is presented using time-resolved macromolecular crystallography. The effect of radiation damage on the kinetic analysis of time-resolved X-ray data is also explored.

  17. Phase transitions of macromolecular microsphere composite hydrogels based on the stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Xiao; Ji, Guanghua; Zhang, Hui

    2015-02-01

    We use the stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation to simulate the phase transitions of the macromolecular microsphere composite (MMC) hydrogels under a random disturbance. Based on the Flory-Huggins lattice model and the Boltzmann entropy theorem, we develop a reticular free energy suit for the network structure of MMC hydrogels. Taking the random factor into account, with the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) mesoscopic simulation method, we set up a stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation, designated herein as the MMC-TDGL equation. The stochastic term in the equation is constructed appropriately to satisfy the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and is discretized on a spatial grid for the simulation. A semi-implicit difference scheme is adopted to numerically solve the MMC-TDGL equation. Some numerical experiments are performed with different parameters. The results are consistent with the physical phenomenon, which verifies the good simulation of the stochastic term.

  18. Localized reconstruction of subunits from electron cryomicroscopy images of macromolecular complexes

    PubMed Central

    Ilca, Serban L.; Kotecha, Abhay; Sun, Xiaoyu; Poranen, Minna M.; Stuart, David I.; Huiskonen, Juha T.

    2015-01-01

    Electron cryomicroscopy can yield near-atomic resolution structures of highly ordered macromolecular complexes. Often however some subunits bind in a flexible manner, have different symmetry from the rest of the complex, or are present in sub-stoichiometric amounts, limiting the attainable resolution. Here we report a general method for the localized three-dimensional reconstruction of such subunits. After determining the particle orientations, local areas corresponding to the subunits can be extracted and treated as single particles. We demonstrate the method using three examples including a flexible assembly and complexes harbouring subunits with either partial occupancy or mismatched symmetry. Most notably, the method allows accurate fitting of the monomeric RNA-dependent RNA polymerase bound at the threefold axis of symmetry inside a viral capsid, revealing for the first time its exact orientation and interactions with the capsid proteins. Localized reconstruction is expected to provide novel biological insights in a range of challenging biological systems. PMID:26534841

  19. Automating crystallographic structure solution and refinement of protein–ligand complexes

    PubMed Central

    Echols, Nathaniel; Moriarty, Nigel W.; Klei, Herbert E.; Afonine, Pavel V.; Bunkóczi, Gábor; Headd, Jeffrey J.; McCoy, Airlie J.; Oeffner, Robert D.; Read, Randy J.; Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Adams, Paul D.

    2014-01-01

    High-throughput drug-discovery and mechanistic studies often require the determination of multiple related crystal structures that only differ in the bound ligands, point mutations in the protein sequence and minor conformational changes. If performed manually, solution and refinement requires extensive repetition of the same tasks for each structure. To accelerate this process and minimize manual effort, a pipeline encompassing all stages of ligand building and refinement, starting from integrated and scaled diffraction intensities, has been implemented in Phenix. The resulting system is able to successfully solve and refine large collections of structures in parallel without extensive user intervention prior to the final stages of model completion and validation. PMID:24419387

  20. Solution of quadratic matrix equations for free vibration analysis of structures.

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gupta, K. K.

    1973-01-01

    An efficient digital computer procedure and the related numerical algorithm are presented herein for the solution of quadratic matrix equations associated with free vibration analysis of structures. Such a procedure enables accurate and economical analysis of natural frequencies and associated modes of discretized structures. The numerically stable algorithm is based on the Sturm sequence method, which fully exploits the banded form of associated stiffness and mass matrices. The related computer program written in FORTRAN V for the JPL UNIVAC 1108 computer proves to be substantially more accurate and economical than other existing procedures of such analysis. Numerical examples are presented for two structures - a cantilever beam and a semicircular arch.

  1. Solution structure of a soluble fragment derived from a membrane protein by shotgun proteolysis

    PubMed Central

    Allen, Mark D.; Christie, Mary; Jones, Peter; Porebski, Benjamin T.; Roome, Brendan; Freund, Stefan M.V.; Buckle, Ashley M.; Bycroft, Mark; Christ, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    We have previously reported a phage display method for the identification of protein domains on a genome-wide scale (shotgun proteolysis). Here we present the solution structure of a fragment of the Escherichia coli membrane protein yrfF, as identified by shotgun proteolysis, and determined by NMR spectroscopy. Despite the absence of computational predictions, the fragment formed a well-defined beta-barrel structure, distantly falling within the OB-fold classification. Our results highlight the potential of high-throughput experimental approaches for the identification of protein domains for structural studies. PMID:25877662

  2. Structural and Electronic Properties of a Wide-Gap Quaternary Solid Solution: \\(Zn, Mg\\) \\(S, Se\\)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saitta, A. M.; de Gironcoli, S.; Baroni, S.

    1998-06-01

    The structural properties of the (Zn, Mg) (S, Se) solid solutions are determined by a combination of the computational alchemy and the cluster expansion methods with Monte Carlo simulations. We determine the phase diagram of the alloy and show that the homogeneous phase is characterized by a large amount of short-range order occurring among first-nearest neighbors. Electronic-structure calculations performed using the special quasirandom structure approach indicate that the energy gap of the alloy is rather sensitive to this short-range order.

  3. Solution structure of ?S-crystallin by molecular fragment replacement NMR

    PubMed Central

    Wu, Zhengrong; Delaglio, Frank; Wyatt, Keith; Wistow, Graeme; Bax, Ad

    2005-01-01

    The solution structure of murine ?S-crystallin (?S) has been determined by multidimensional triple resonance NMR spectroscopy, using restraints derived from two sets of dipolar couplings, recorded in different alignment media, and supplemented by a small number of NOE distance restraints. ?S consists of two topologically similar domains, arranged with an approximate twofold symmetry, and each domain shows close structural homology to closely related (~50% sequence identity) domains found in other members of the ?-crystallin family. Each domain consists of two four-strand “Greek key” ?-sheets. Although the domains are tightly anchored to one another by the hydrophobic surfaces of the two inner Greek key motifs, the N-arm, the interdomain linker and several turn regions show unexpected flexibility and disorder in solution. This may contribute entropic stabilization to the protein in solution, but may also indicate nucleation sites for unfolding or other structural transitions. The method used for solving the ?S structure relies on the recently introduced molecular fragment replacement method, which capitalizes on the large database of protein structures previously solved by X-ray crystallography and NMR. PMID:16260758

  4. Solution structure of CEH-37 homeodomain of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans

    SciTech Connect

    Moon, Sunjin; Lee, Yong Woo; Kim, Woo Taek; Lee, Weontae

    2014-01-10

    Highlights: •We have determined solution structures of CEH-37 homedomain. •CEH-37 HD has a compact ?-helical structure with HTH DNA binding motif. •Solution structure of CEH-37 HD shares its molecular topology with that of the homeodomain proteins. •Residues in the N-terminal region and HTH motif are important in binding to Caenorhabditis elegans telomeric DNA. •CEH-37 could play an important role in telomere function via DNA binding. -- Abstract: The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans protein CEH-37 belongs to the paired OTD/OTX family of homeobox-containing homeodomain proteins. CEH-37 shares sequence similarity with homeodomain proteins, although it specifically binds to double-stranded C. elegans telomeric DNA, which is unusual to homeodomain proteins. Here, we report the solution structure of CEH-37 homeodomain and molecular interaction with double-stranded C. elegans telomeric DNA using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. NMR structure shows that CEH-37 homeodomain is composed of a flexible N-terminal region and three ?-helices with a helix-turn-helix (HTH) DNA binding motif. Data from size-exclusion chromatography and fluorescence spectroscopy reveal that CEH-37 homeodomain interacts strongly with double-stranded C. elegans telomeric DNA. NMR titration experiments identified residues responsible for specific binding to nematode double-stranded telomeric DNA. These results suggest that C. elegans homeodomain protein, CEH-37 could play an important role in telomere function via DNA binding.

  5. Do Macromolecular Crowding Agents Exert Only an Excluded Volume Effect? A Protein Solvation Study.

    PubMed

    Mukherjee, Sanjib K; Gautam, Saurabh; Biswas, Saikat; Kundu, Jayanta; Chowdhury, Pramit K

    2015-11-01

    The effect of macromolecular crowding on protein structure and dynamics has mostly been explained on the basis of the excluded volume effect, its origin being entropic. In recent times a progressive shift in this view has been taking place with increasing emphasis on soft interactions that are enthalpic by nature. Using very low concentrations (1-10 g/L) of both synthetic (dextran- and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based) and protein (?-synuclein and myoglobin)-based crowders, we have shown that the solvation of probe molecule ANS (1-anilinonapthalene-8-sulfonate) bound to serum proteins bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA) is significantly modulated in both a protein- and crowder-dependent fashion. Since under such conditions the effect of excluded volume is appreciably low, we propose that our observations are direct evidence of soft interactions between the macromolecular crowding agents used and the serum proteins. Moreover, our data reveal, that since at these low crowder concentrations major perturbations to the protein structure are unlikely to take place while minor perturbations might not be readily visible, protein solvation provides a unique spectral signature for capturing such local dynamics, thereby allowing one to decouple hard-sphere interactions from soft sphere ones. Furthermore, since fast fluctuations are known to play a major role in determining the functional characteristics of proteins and enzymes, our results suggest that such motions are prone to be modulated even when the cellular crowding conditions are quite relaxed. In other words, by the time the excluded volume effects come into the picture in the physiological milieu, modulations of functionally important protein motions that need a relatively lower activation energy have already taken place as a result of the aforementioned enthalpic (soft) interactions. PMID:26452170

  6. Thermodynamic behaviour and structural properties of an aqueous sodium chloride solution upon supercooling

    E-print Network

    D. Corradini; P. Gallo; M. Rovere

    2008-05-16

    We present the results of a molecular dynamics simulation study of thermodynamic and structural properties upon supercooling of a low concentration sodium chloride solution in TIP4P water and the comparison with the corresponding bulk quantities. We study the isotherms and the isochores for both the aqueous solution and bulk water. The comparison of the phase diagrams shows that thermodynamic properties of the solution are not merely shifted with respect to the bulk. Moreover, from the analysis of the thermodynamic curves, both the spinodal line and the temperatures of maximum density curve can be calculated. The spinodal line appears not to be influenced by the presence of ions at the chosen concentration, while the temperatures of maximum density curve displays both a mild shift in temperature and a shape modification with respect to bulk. Signatures of the presence of a liquid-liquid critical point are found in the aqueous solution. By analysing the water-ion radial distribution functions of the aqueous solution we observe that upon changing density, structural modifications appear close to the spinodal. For low temperatures additional modifications appear also for densities close to that corresponding to a low density configurational energy minimum.

  7. A hybrid computational-experimental approach for automated crystal structure solution.

    PubMed

    Meredig, Bryce; Wolverton, C

    2013-02-01

    Crystal structure solution from diffraction experiments is one of the most fundamental tasks in materials science, chemistry, physics and geology. Unfortunately, numerous factors render this process labour intensive and error prone. Experimental conditions, such as high pressure or structural metastability, often complicate characterization. Furthermore, many materials of great modern interest, such as batteries and hydrogen storage media, contain light elements such as Li and H that only weakly scatter X-rays. Finally, structural refinements generally require significant human input and intuition, as they rely on good initial guesses for the target structure. To address these many challenges, we demonstrate a new hybrid approach, first-principles-assisted structure solution (FPASS), which combines experimental diffraction data, statistical symmetry information and first-principles-based algorithmic optimization to automatically solve crystal structures. We demonstrate the broad utility of FPASS to clarify four important crystal structure debates: the hydrogen storage candidates MgNH and NH(3)BH(3); Li(2)O(2), relevant to Li-air batteries; and high-pressure silane, SiH(4). PMID:23178265

  8. Towards solution and refinement of organic crystal structures by fitting to the atomic pair distribution function.

    PubMed

    Prill, Dragica; Juhás, Pavol; Billinge, Simon J L; Schmidt, Martin U

    2016-01-01

    A method towards the solution and refinement of organic crystal structures by fitting to the atomic pair distribution function (PDF) is developed. Approximate lattice parameters and molecular geometry must be given as input. The molecule is generally treated as a rigid body. The positions and orientations of the molecules inside the unit cell are optimized starting from random values. The PDF is obtained from carefully measured X-ray powder diffraction data. The method resembles `real-space' methods for structure solution from powder data, but works with PDF data instead of the diffraction pattern itself. As such it may be used in situations where the organic compounds are not long-range-ordered, are poorly crystalline, or nanocrystalline. The procedure was applied to solve and refine the crystal structures of quinacridone (? phase), naphthalene and allopurinol. In the case of allopurinol it was even possible to successfully solve and refine the structure in P1 with four independent molecules. As an example of a flexible molecule, the crystal structure of paracetamol was refined using restraints for bond lengths, bond angles and selected torsion angles. In all cases, the resulting structures are in excellent agreement with structures from single-crystal data. PMID:26697868

  9. NMR solution structure of the major G-quadruplex structure formed in the human BCL2 promoter region

    PubMed Central

    Dai, Jixun; Chen, Ding; Jones, Roger A.; Hurley, Laurence H.; Yang, Danzhou

    2006-01-01

    BCL2 protein functions as an inhibitor of cell apoptosis and has been found to be aberrantly expressed in a wide range of human diseases. A highly GC-rich region upstream of the P1 promoter plays an important role in the transcriptional regulation of BCL2. Here we report the NMR solution structure of the major intramolecular G-quadruplex formed on the G-rich strand of this region in K+ solution. This well-defined mixed parallel/antiparallel-stranded G-quadruplex structure contains three G-tetrads of mixed G-arrangements, which are connected with two lateral loops and one side loop, and four grooves of different widths. The three loops interact with the core G-tetrads in a specific way that defines and stabilizes the overall G-quadruplex structure. The loop conformations are in accord with the experimental mutation and footprinting data. The first 3-nt loop adopts a lateral loop conformation and appears to determine the overall folding of the BCL2 G-quadruplex. The third 1-nt double-chain-reversal loop defines another example of a stable parallel-stranded structural motif using the G3NG3 sequence. Significantly, the distinct major BCL2 promoter G-quadruplex structure suggests that it can be specifically involved in gene modulation and can be an attractive target for pathway-specific drug design. PMID:16998187

  10. Structure and dimerization of translation initiation factor aIF5B in solution

    SciTech Connect

    Rasmussen, Louise Caroe Vohlander; Oliveira, Cristiano Luis Pinto; Byron, Olwyn; Jensen, Janni Mosgaard; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Sperling-Petersen, Hans Uffe; Mortensen, Kim Kusk

    2011-12-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer aIF5B forms maximum 5.0-6.8% irreversible dimers in solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sedimentation coefficients for monomer and dimer are 3.64 and 5.51 {+-} 0.29 S. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adding only 2% glycerol prevents dimerization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SAXS on aIF5B monomer gave an R{sub g} of 37.5 {+-} 0.2 A and a D{sub max} of {approx}130 A. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer There are universal structural differences between aIF5B and Escherichia coli IF2. -- Abstract: Translation initiation factor 5B (IF5B) is required for initiation of protein synthesis. The solution structure of archaeal IF5B (aIF5B) was analysed by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) and was indicated to be in both monomeric and dimeric form. Sedimentation equilibrium (SE) analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) of aIF5B indicated that aIF5B forms irreversible dimers in solution but only to a maximum of 5.0-6.8% dimer. Sedimentation velocity (SV) AUC at higher speed also indicated the presence of two species, and the sedimentation coefficients s{sub 20,w}{sup 0} were determined to be 3.64 and 5.51 {+-} 0.29 S for monomer and dimer, respectively. The atomic resolution (crystallographic) structure of aIF5B (Roll-Mecak et al. ) was used to model monomer and dimer, and theoretical sedimentation coefficients for these models were computed (3.89 and 5.63 S, respectively) in good agreement with the sedimentation coefficients obtained from SV analysis. Thus, the structure of aIF5B in solution must be very similar to the atomic resolution structure of aIF5B. SAXS data were acquired in the same buffer with the addition of 2% glycerol to inhibit dimerization, and the resultant monomeric aIF5B in solution did indeed adopt a structure very similar to the one reported earlier for the protein in crystalline form. The p(r) function indicated an elongated conformation supported by a radius of gyration of 37.5 {+-} 0.2 A and a maximum dimension of {approx}130 A. The effects of glycerol on the formation of dimers are discussed. This new model of aIF5B in solution shows that there are universal structural differences between aIF5B and the homologous protein IF2 from Escherichia coli.

  11. Effect of different alkaline solutions on crystalline structure of cellulose at different temperatures.

    PubMed

    Keshk, Sherif M A S

    2015-01-22

    Effect of alkaline solutions such as 10% NaOH, NaOH/urea and NaOH/ethylene glycol solutions on crystalline structure of different cellulosic fibers (cotton linter and filter paper) was investigated at room temperature and -4°C. The highest dissolution of cotton linter and filter paper was observed in NaOH/ethylene glycol at both temperatures. X-ray patterns of treated cotton linter with different alkaline solutions at low temperature showed only two diffractions at 2?=12.5° and 21.0°, which belonged to the crystalline structure of cellulose II. CP/MAS (13)C NMR spectra showed the doublet peaks at 89.2 ppm and 88.3 ppm representing C4 resonance for cellulose I at room temperature, Whereas, at low temperature the doublet peaks were observed at 89.2 ppm and 87.8 ppm representing C4 resonance for cellulose II. Degree of polymerization of cellulose plays an important role in cellulose dissolution in different alkaline solutions and temperatures, where, a low temperature gives high dissolutions percentage with change in crystalline structure from cellulose I to cellulose II forms. PMID:25439945

  12. Structural properties and adsorption capacity of holocellulose aerogels synthesized from an alkali hydroxide-urea solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kwon, Gu-Joong; Kim, Dae-Young; Hwang, Jae-Hyun; Kang, Joo-Hyon

    2014-05-01

    A tulip tree was used to synthesize a holocellulose aerogel from an aqueous alkali hydroxide-urea solution with the substitution of an organic solvent followed by freeze-drying. For comparison, the synthesized holocellulose aerogels were divided into two groups according to the source of the hydrogel, an upper suspended layer and a bottom concentrated layer of the centrifuged solution of cellulose and NaOH/urea solvents. We investigated the effects of the temperature of the pre-cooled NaOH/urea solution ( i.e., dissolution temperature) on the pore structure and the adsorption capacity of the holocellulose aerogel. A nano-fibrillar network structure of the holocellulose aerogel was observed, with little morphological difference in pore structure for different dissolution temperatures. Both micropores and mesopores were observed in the holocellulose aerogel. The specific surface area of the holocellulose aerogel was generally greater at lower dissolution temperatures. In a series of adsorption tests using methylene blue, the holocellulose aerogel showed the greatest adsorption capacity at the lowest dissolution temperature tested (-2°C). However, the dissolution temperature generally had little effect on the adsorption capacity. The holocellulose aerogel produced from the upper suspended layer of the centrifuged hydrogel solution showed a greater porosity and adsorption capacity than the one produced from the bottom concentrated layer. Overall, the aerogel made by utilizing a delignified tulip tree display a high surface area and a high adsorption property, indicating its possible application in eco-friendly adsorption materials.

  13. Structure of 2 molar NaOH in aqueous solution from neutron diffraction and empirical potential structure refinement

    SciTech Connect

    McLain, Sylvia E.; Imberti, Silvia; Soper, Alan K.; Botti, Alberto; Bruni, Fabio; Ricci, Maria Antonietta

    2006-09-01

    Neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution has been used to investigate aqueous solutions of 2M NaOH in the liquid state. The data were modeled using empirical potential structure refinement which allows for the extraction of the ion-water and water-water correlations. The data show that the ion-water radial distribution functions are in accordance with those found by previous studies on NaOH solutions and follow a trend which is dependent on the concentration of the solute. In particular, the shape of the hydroxide hydration shell is found to be concentration independent, but the number of water molecules occupying this shell increases with dilution. Additionally, the water-water correlations show that there is still a measurable effect on water structure with the addition of ions at this concentration, as the second shell in the water oxygen radial distribution function is compressed relative to the first shell. The data are also used to discuss the recent claims that the published radial distribution functions of water are unreliable, showing that data taken at different neutron sources, with different diffraction geometry and systematic errors lead to the same structural information when analyzed via a realistic modeling regime.

  14. Dendrimer-based macromolecular MRI contrast agents: characteristics and application.

    PubMed

    Kobayashi, Hisataka; Brechbiel, Martin W

    2003-01-01

    Numerous macromolecular MRI contrast agents prepared employing relatively simple chemistry may be readily available that can provide sufficient enhancement for multiple applications. These agents operate using a approximately 100-fold lower concentration of gadolinium ions in comparison to the necessary concentration of iodine employed in CT imaging. Herein, we describe some of the general potential directions of macromolecular MRI contrast agents using our recently reported families of dendrimer-based agents as examples. Changes in molecular size altered the route of excretion. Smaller-sized contrast agents less than 60 kDa molecular weight were excreted through the kidney resulting in these agents being potentially suitable as functional renal contrast agents. Hydrophilic and larger-sized contrast agents were found better suited for use as blood pool contrast agents. Hydrophobic variants formed with polypropylenimine diaminobutane dendrimer cores created liver contrast agents. Larger hydrophilic agents are useful for lymphatic imaging. Finally, contrast agents conjugated with either monoclonal antibodies or with avidin are able to function as tumor-specific contrast agents, which also might be employed as therapeutic drugs for either gadolinium neutron capture therapy or in conjunction with radioimmunotherapy. PMID:12926232

  15. PRIGo: a new multi-axis goniometer for macromolecular crystallography.

    PubMed

    Waltersperger, Sandro; Olieric, Vincent; Pradervand, Claude; Glettig, Wayne; Salathe, Marco; Fuchs, Martin R; Curtin, Adrian; Wang, Xiaoqiang; Ebner, Simon; Panepucci, Ezequiel; Weinert, Tobias; Schulze-Briese, Clemens; Wang, Meitian

    2015-07-01

    The Parallel Robotics Inspired Goniometer (PRIGo) is a novel compact and high-precision goniometer providing an alternative to (mini-)kappa, traditional three-circle goniometers and Eulerian cradles used for sample reorientation in macromolecular crystallography. Based on a combination of serial and parallel kinematics, PRIGo emulates an arc. It is mounted on an air-bearing stage for rotation around ? and consists of four linear positioners working synchronously to achieve x,?y,?z translations and ? rotation (0-90°), followed by a ? stage (0-360°) for rotation around the sample holder axis. Owing to the use of piezo linear positioners and active correction, PRIGo features spheres of confusion of <1?µm, <7?µm and <10?µm for ?, ? and ?, respectively, and is therefore very well suited for micro-crystallography. PRIGo enables optimal strategies for both native and experimental phasing crystallographic data collection. Herein, PRIGo hardware and software, its calibration, as well as applications in macromolecular crystallography are described. PMID:26134792

  16. PRIGo: a new multi-axis goniometer for macromolecular crystallography

    PubMed Central

    Waltersperger, Sandro; Olieric, Vincent; Pradervand, Claude; Glettig, Wayne; Salathe, Marco; Fuchs, Martin R.; Curtin, Adrian; Wang, Xiaoqiang; Ebner, Simon; Panepucci, Ezequiel; Weinert, Tobias; Schulze-Briese, Clemens; Wang, Meitian

    2015-01-01

    The Parallel Robotics Inspired Goniometer (PRIGo) is a novel compact and high-precision goniometer providing an alternative to (mini-)kappa, traditional three-circle goniometers and Eulerian cradles used for sample reorientation in macromolecular crystallography. Based on a combination of serial and parallel kinematics, PRIGo emulates an arc. It is mounted on an air-bearing stage for rotation around ? and consists of four linear positioners working synchronously to achieve x,?y,?z translations and ? rotation (0–90°), followed by a ? stage (0–360°) for rotation around the sample holder axis. Owing to the use of piezo linear positioners and active correction, PRIGo features spheres of confusion of <1?µm, <7?µm and <10?µm for ?, ? and ?, respectively, and is therefore very well suited for micro-crystallography. PRIGo enables optimal strategies for both native and experimental phasing crystallographic data collection. Herein, PRIGo hardware and software, its calibration, as well as applications in macromolecular crystallography are described. PMID:26134792

  17. Variable effects of soman on macromolecular secretion by ferret trachea.

    PubMed

    McBride, R K; Zwierzynski, D J; Stone, K K; Culp, D J; Marin, M G

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of the anticholinesterase agent, soman, on macromolecular secretion by ferret trachea, in vitro. We mounted pieces of ferret trachea in Ussing-type chambers. Secreted sulfated macromolecules were radiolabeled by adding 500 microCi of 35SO4 to the submucosal medium and incubating for 17 hr. Soman added to the submucosal side produced a concentration-dependent increase in radiolabeled macromolecular release with a maximal secretory response (mean +/- SD) of 202 +/- 125% (n = 8) relative to the basal secretion rate at a concentration of 10(-7) M. The addition of either 10(-6) M pralidoxime (acetylcholinesterase reactivator) or 10(-6) M atropine blocked the response to 10(-7) M soman. At soman concentrations greater than 10(-7) M, secretion rate decreased and was not significantly different from basal secretion. Additional experiments utilizing acetylcholine and the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, physostigmine, suggest that inhibition of secretion by high concentrations of soman may be due to a secondary antagonistic effect of soman on muscarinic receptors. PMID:2019349

  18. Approximate analytic solutions for the ionization structure of a dusty Strömgren sphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Raga, A. C.; Lora, V.

    2015-10-01

    We present a global balance "Strömgren sphere" approach for the case of dusty HII regions. From this model, we obtain prescriptions for the outer radius of the nebulae as a function of the Strömgren radius R_S (of the corresponding dust-free nebula) and the dust optical depth. We also obtain a new, approximate analytic solution for the radiative transfer problem, giving analytic forms for the ionization fraction as a function of radius. These solutions are compared with the results obtained from the Strömgren sphere approach. Our results can be used to evaluate under what conditions the presence of dust can have an important effect on the structures of HII regions.

  19. On the influence of molecular structure on the conductivity of electrolyte solutions - sodium nitrate in water

    E-print Network

    H. Krienke

    2013-12-16

    Theoretical calculations of the conductivity of sodium nitrate in water are presented and compared with experimental measurements. The method of direct correlation force in the framework of the interionic theory is used for the calculation of transport properties in connection with the associative mean spherical approximation (AMSA). The effective interactions between ions in solutions are derived with the help of Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics calculations on the Born-Oppenheimer level. This work is based on earlier theoretical and experimental studies of the structure of concentrated aqueous sodium nitrate solutions.

  20. Solution structure of peptide AG4 used to form silver nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Eunjung; Kim, Dae-Hee; Woo, Yoonkyung; Hur, Ho-Gil; Lim, Yoongho

    2008-11-21

    The preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) is of great interest due to their various biological activities, such as observed in their antimicrobial and wound healing actions. Moreover, the formation of AgNPs using silver-binding peptide has certain advantages because they can be made in aqueous solution at ambient temperature. The solution structure of the silver-binding peptide AG4 was determined using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and the site of the AG4 interaction with AgNPs was elucidated.

  1. Families of solutions to the generalized Ginzburg-Landau equation and structural transitions between them

    SciTech Connect

    Ovchinnikov, Yu. N.

    2013-09-15

    Solutions to the generalized Ginzburg-Landau equations for superconductors are obtained for a Ginzburg-Landau parameter {kappa} close to unity. The families of solutions with arbitrary number n of flux quanta in a unit cell are analyzed. It is shown that under certain conditions, a cascade of phase transitions between different structures in a magnetic field appears near T{sub c}. Algebraic equations are derived for determining the boundaries of coexistence of different phases on the (T, H{sub 0}) plane.

  2. Structure of aqueous MgSO 4 solution: Dilute to concentrated

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Balasubramanian, Ganesh; Murad, Sohail; Kappiyoor, Ravi; Puri, Ishwar K.

    2011-05-01

    Equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to examine the hydration characteristics of Mg2+ and SO42- ions over a range of salt concentrations in the solution. While the hydration structure of the monatomic cation agrees with previous reports in the literature, the larger and more complex anion exhibits hitherto unreported novel coordination features. These result from its low charge density as well as the charge distribution over the five active sites. While the number of water molecules that hydrate the ions below the hydration limit is almost constant, this number rapidly reduces as the solution becomes saturated and ion-pairs are formed.

  3. The structure of phenindamine base and salts in the solute state.

    PubMed

    Branch, S K; Casy, A F; Hussain, R; Upton, C

    1988-01-01

    High-field NMR (13C and 1H) studies of phenindamine are reported which establish structures of the free base and some of its salts in the solute condition. The base exists as a mixture of two isomers which differ in double bond position (9-9a or 4a-9a) while most salts are 9-9a isomers. The clinically employed tartrate (Thephorin) is exceptional in being a 4a-9a ene. Salts of both double bond type exist in solution as mixtures of protonated epimers of variable epimeric ratio, that of the tartrate in D2O being approximately 1:1. PMID:2896790

  4. Solution secondary structure of calcium-saturated troponin C monomer determined by multidimensional heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy.

    PubMed Central

    Slupsky, C. M.; Reinach, F. C.; Smillie, L. B.; Sykes, B. D.

    1995-01-01

    The solution secondary structure of calcium-saturated skeletal troponin C (TnC) in the presence of 15% (v/v) trifluoroethanol (TFE), which has been shown to exist predominantly as a monomer (Slupsky CM, Kay CM, Reinach FC, Smillie LB, Sykes BD, 1995, Biochemistry 34, forthcoming), has been investigated using multidimensional heteronuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The 1H, 15N, and 13C NMR chemical shift values for TnC in the presence of TFE are very similar to values obtained for calcium-saturated NTnC (residues 1-90 of skeletal TnC), calmodulin, and synthetic peptide homodimers. Moreover, the secondary structure elements of TnC are virtually identical to those obtained for calcium-saturated NTnC, calmodulin, and the synthetic peptide homodimers, suggesting that 15% (v/v) TFE minimally perturbs the secondary and tertiary structure of this stably folded protein. Comparison of the solution structure of calcium-saturated TnC with the X-ray crystal structure of half-saturated TnC reveals differences in the phi/psi angles of residue Glu 41 and in the linker between the two domains. Glu 41 has irregular phi/psi angles in the crystal structure, producing a kink in the B helix, whereas in calcium-saturated TnC, Glu 41 has helical phi/psi angles, resulting in a straight B helix. The linker between the N and C domains of calcium-saturated TnC is flexible in the solution structure. PMID:7670371

  5. Tertiary structure of human complement component C5a in solution from nuclear magnetic resonance data

    SciTech Connect

    Zuiderweg, E.R.P.; Nettesheim, D.G.; Mollison, K.W.; Carter, G.W. )

    1989-01-10

    The tertiary structure for the region 1-63 of the 74 amino acid human complement protein C5a in solution was calculated from a large number of distance constraints derived from nuclear Overhauser effects with an angular distance geometry algorithm. The protein consists of four helices juxtaposed in an approximately antiparallel topology connected by peptide loops located at the surface of the molecule. The structures obtained for the helices are compatible with {alpha}-helical hydrogen-bonding patterns, which provides an explanation for the observed slow solvent exchange kinetics of the amide protons in these peptide regions. In contrast to the peptide region 1-63, no defined structure could be assigned to the C-terminal region 64-74, which increasingly acquires dynamic random coil characteristics as the end of the peptide chain is approached. An average root-mean-square deviation of 1.6 {angstrom} was obtained for the {alpha}-carbons of the first 63 residues in the calculated ensemble of C5a structures, while the {alpha}-helices were determined with an average root-mean-square deviation of 0.8 {angstrom} for the {alpha}-carbons. A comparison between the solution structure of C5a and the crystal structure of the functionally related C3a protein, as well as inferences for the interaction of C5a with its receptor on polymorphonuclear leukocytes, is discussed.

  6. Acta Cryst. (1997). B53, 916-922 Multi-Solution Genetic Algorithm Approach to Surface Structure Determination Using

    E-print Network

    Marks, Laurence D.

    1997-01-01

    916 Acta Cryst. (1997). B53, 916-922 Multi-Solution Genetic Algorithm Approach to Surface Structure-solution genetic algorithm search method utilizing direct methods to solve surface structures from surface of approaches such as simulated annealing (Sheldrick, 1990; Bhat, 1990) and more recently genetic algorithms

  7. Solution Structure of the 2A Protease from a Common Cold Agent, Human Rhinovirus C2, Strain W12

    E-print Network

    Solution Structure of the 2A Protease from a Common Cold Agent, Human Rhinovirus C2, Strain W12 al. (2014) Solution Structure of the 2A Protease from a Common Cold Agent, Human Rhinovirus C2 of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any

  8. Recent Major Improvements to the ALS Sector 5 MacromolecularCrystallography Beamlines

    SciTech Connect

    Morton, Simon A.; Glossinger, James; Smith-Baumann, Alexis; McKean, John P.; Trame, Christine; Dickert, Jeff; Rozales, Anthony; Dauz,Azer; Taylor, John; Zwart, Petrus; Duarte, Robert; Padmore, Howard; McDermott, Gerry; Adams, Paul

    2007-07-01

    Although the Advanced Light Source (ALS) was initially conceived primarily as a low energy (1.9GeV) 3rd generation source of VUV and soft x-ray radiation it was realized very early in the development of the facility that a multipole wiggler source coupled with high quality, (brightness preserving), optics would result in a beamline whose performance across the optimal energy range (5-15keV) for macromolecular crystallography (MX) would be comparable to, or even exceed, that of many existing crystallography beamlines at higher energy facilities. Hence, starting in 1996, a suite of three beamlines, branching off a single wiggler source, was constructed, which together formed the ALS Macromolecular Crystallography Facility. From the outset this facility was designed to cater equally to the needs of both academic and industrial users with a heavy emphasis placed on the development and introduction of high throughput crystallographic tools, techniques, and facilities--such as large area CCD detectors, robotic sample handling and automounting facilities, a service crystallography program, and a tightly integrated, centralized, and highly automated beamline control environment for users. This facility was immediately successful, with the primary Multiwavelength Anomalous Diffraction beamline (5.0.2) in particular rapidly becoming one of the foremost crystallographic facilities in the US--responsible for structures such as the 70S ribosome. This success in-turn triggered enormous growth of the ALS macromolecular crystallography community and spurred the development of five additional ALS MX beamlines all utilizing the newly developed superconducting bending magnets ('superbends') as sources. However in the years since the original Sector 5.0 beamlines were built the performance demands of macromolecular crystallography users have become ever more exacting; with growing emphasis placed on studying larger complexes, more difficult structures, weakly diffracting or smaller crystals, and on more rapidly screening larger numbers of candidate crystals; all of these requirements translate directly into a pressing need for increased flux, a tighter beam focus and faster detectors. With these growing demands in mind a major program of beamline and detector upgrades was initiated in 2004 with the goal of dramatically enhancing all aspects of beamline performance. Approximately $3 million in funding from diverse sources including NIH, LBL, the ALS, and the industrial and academic members of the beamline Participating Research Team (PRT), has been employed to develop and install new high performance beamline optics and to purchase the latest generation of CCD detectors. This project, which reached fruition in early 2007, has now fulfilled all of its original goals--boosting the flux on all three beamlines by up to 20-fold--with a commensurate reduction in exposure and data acquisition times for users. The performance of the Sector 5.0 beamlines is now comparable to that of the latest generation ALS superbend beamlines and, in the case of beamline 5.0.2, even surpasses it by a considerable margin. Indeed, the present performance of this beamline is now, once again, comparable to that envisioned for many MX beamlines planned or under construction on newer or higher energy machines.

  9. Communication: Molecular dynamics simulations of the interfacial structure of alkali metal fluoride solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Feng, Haijun; Zhou, Jian; Lu, Xiaohua; Fichthorn, Kristen A.

    2010-08-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to study the interfacial profiles of alkali metal fluoride solutions (NaF, KF, RbF, and CsF) at 1 atm and 300 K. For these solutions, we find that the occupancy of the cations in the interfacial region is comparable to or greater than that of the F- anion. Cations that have weaker hydration abilities have higher concentrations at the interface. The order of enhanced concentrations of cations at the interface is Na+structure of electrolyte solutions and enriches the theory of electrolyte interfaces.

  10. NMR solution structure and condition-dependent oligomerization of the antimicrobial peptide human defensin 5.

    PubMed

    Wommack, Andrew J; Robson, Scott A; Wanniarachchi, Yoshitha A; Wan, Andrea; Turner, Christopher J; Wagner, Gerhard; Nolan, Elizabeth M

    2012-12-01

    Human defensin 5 (HD5) is a 32-residue host-defense peptide expressed in the gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary tracts that has antimicrobial activity. It exhibits six cysteine residues that are regiospecifically oxidized to form three disulfide bonds (Cys(3)-Cys(31), Cys(5)-Cys(20), and Cys(10)-Cys(30)) in the oxidized form (HD5(ox)). To probe the solution structure and oligomerization properties of HD5(ox), and select mutant peptides lacking one or more disulfide bonds, NMR solution studies and analytical ultracentrifugation experiments are reported in addition to in vitro peptide stability assays. The NMR solution structure of HD5(ox), solved at pH 4.0 in 90:10 H(2)O/D(2)O, is presented (PDB: 2LXZ ). Relaxation T(1)/T(2) measurements and the rotational correlation time (?(c)) estimated from a (15)N-TRACT experiment demonstrate that HD5(ox) is dimeric under these experimental conditions. Exchange broadening of the H? signals in the NMR spectra suggests that residues 19-21 (Val(19)-Cys(20)-Glu(21)) contribute to the dimer interface in solution. Exchange broadening is also observed for residues 7-14 comprising the loop. Sedimentation velocity and equilibrium studies conducted in buffered aqueous solution reveal that the oligomerization state of HD5(ox) is pH-dependent. Sedimentation coefficients of ca. 1.8 S and a molecular weight of 14 363 Da were determined for HD5(ox) at pH 7.0, supporting a tetrameric form ([HD5(ox)] ? 30 ?M). At pH 2.0, a sedimentation coefficient of ca. 1.0 S and a molecular weight of 7079 Da, corresponding to a HD5(ox) dimer, were obtained. Millimolar concentrations of NaCl, CaCl(2), and MgCl(2) have a negligible effect on the HD5(ox) sedimentation coefficients in buffered aqueous solution at neutral pH. Removal of a single disulfide bond results in a loss of peptide fold and quaternary structure. These biophysical investigations highlight the dynamic and environmentally sensitive behavior of HD5(ox) in solution, and provide important insights into HD5(ox) structure/activity relationships and the requirements for antimicrobial action. PMID:23163963

  11. NMR Solution Structure and Condition-Dependent Oligomerization of the Antimicrobial Peptide Human Defensin 5

    PubMed Central

    Wommack, Andrew J.; Robson, Scott A.; Wanniarachchi, Yoshitha A.; Wan, Andrea; Turner, Christopher J.; Wagner, Gerhard; Nolan, Elizabeth M.

    2012-01-01

    Human defensin 5 (HD5) is a 32-residue host-defense peptide expressed in the gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary tracts that has antimicrobial activity. It exhibits six cysteine residues that are regiospecifically oxidized to form three disulfide bonds (Cys3—Cys31, Cys5—Cys20, and Cys10—Cys30) in the oxidized form (HD5ox). To probe the solution structure and oligomerization properties of HD5ox, and select mutant peptides lacking one or more disulfide bonds, NMR solution studies and analytical ultracentrifugation experiments are reported in addition to in vitro peptide stability assays. The NMR solution structure of HD5ox, solved at pH 4 in 90:10 H2O/D2O, is presented (PDB: 2LXZ). Relaxation T1/T2 measurements and the rotational correlation time (Tc) estimated from a [15N,1H]-TRACT experiment demonstrate that HD5ox is dimeric under these experimental conditions. Exchange broadening of the H? signals in the NMR spectra suggests that residues 19-21 (Val19-Cys20-Glu21) contribute to the dimer interface in solution. Exchange broadening is also observed for residues 7-14 comprising the loop. Sedimentation velocity and equilibrium studies conducted in buffered aqueous solution reveal that the oligomerization state of HD5ox is pH-dependent. Sedimentation coefficients of ca. 1.8 S and a molecular weight of 14,363 Da were determined for HD5ox at pH 7, supporting a tetrameric form ([HD5ox] ? 30 ?M). At pH 2, a sedimentation coefficient of ca. 1.0 S and a molecular weight of 7,079 Da, corresponding to a HD5ox dimer, were obtained. Millimolar concentrations of NaCl, CaCl2, and MgCl2 have negligible effect on the HD5ox sedimentation coefficients in buffered aqueous solution at neutral pH. Removal of a single disulfide bond results in a loss of peptide fold and quaternary structure. These biophysical investigations highlight the dynamic and environment-sensitive behavior of HD5ox in solution, and provide important insights into HD5ox structure/activity relationships and the requirements for antimicrobial action. PMID:23163963

  12. 2188 Biochemistry 1989, 28, 2188-2 198 Determination of the Three-Dimensional Solution Structure of the

    E-print Network

    Clore, G. Marius

    defined. The average atomic rms difference between the 42 individual SA structures and the mean structure-2 A for the backbone atoms and 1.5-3 8,for all atoms. One approach to improve the precision of such structure2188 Biochemistry 1989, 28, 2188-2 198 Determination of the Three-Dimensional Solution Structure

  13. Transition modes in Ising networks: an approximate theory for macromolecular recognition.

    PubMed Central

    Keating, S; Di Cera, E

    1993-01-01

    For a statistical lattice, or Ising network, composed of N identical units existing in two possible states, 0 and 1, and interacting according to a given geometry, a set of values can be found for the mean free energy of the 0-->1 transition of a single unit. Each value defines a transition mode in an ensemble of nu N = 3N - 2N possible values and reflects the role played by intermediate states in shaping the energetics of the system as a whole. The distribution of transition modes has a number of intriguing properties. Some of them apply quite generally to any Ising network, regardless of its dimension, while others are specific for each interaction geometry and dimensional embedding and bear on fundamental aspects of analytical number theory. The landscape of transition modes encapsulates all of the important thermodynamic properties of the network. The free energy terms defining the partition function of the system can be derived from the modes by simple transformations. Classical mean-field expressions can be obtained from consideration of the properties of transition modes in a rather straightforward way. The results obtained in the analysis of the transition mode distributions have been used to develop an approximate treatment of the problem of macromolecular recognition. This phenomenon is modeled as a cooperative process that involves a number of recognition subsites across an interface generated by the binding of two macromolecular components. The distribution of allowed binding free energies for the system is shown to be a superposition of Gaussian terms with mean and variance determined a priori by the theory. Application to the analysis of the biologically interaction of thrombin with hirudin has provided some useful information on basic aspects of the interaction, such as the number of recognition subsites involved and the energy balance for binding and cooperative coupling among them. Our results agree quite well with information derived independently from analysis of the crystal structure of the thrombin-hirudin complex. PMID:8369436

  14. Mechanical degradation of porous titanium with entangled structure filled with biodegradable magnesium in Hanks' solution.

    PubMed

    Li, Qiuyan; Jiang, Guofeng; Wang, Cunlong; Dong, Jie; He, Guo

    2015-12-01

    The degradation behavior of the porous titanium with entangled structure filled with biodegradable magnesium (p-Ti/Mg) in Hanks' solution was investigated. It was found that the p-Ti/Mg composite had higher strength than pure magnesium and porous titanium with entangled structure (p-Ti). Although the magnesium in p-Ti/Mg was completely dissolved in Hanks' solution after immersion for 104 h, the rest of the sample still maintained strength of about 86 MPa. Moreover, the produced porousness (due to magnesium-degradation) could provide channels for the ingrowth and transportation of bone cells. However, the high corrosion rate of p-Ti/Mg is still a problem when used as a candidate biomedical material, which needs further improvement. PMID:26354275

  15. Numerical solution of quadratic matrix equations for free vibration analysis of structures

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gupta, K. K.

    1975-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the efficient and accurate solution of the eigenvalue problem represented by quadratic matrix equations. Such matrix forms are obtained in connection with the free vibration analysis of structures, discretized by finite 'dynamic' elements, resulting in frequency-dependent stiffness and inertia matrices. The paper presents a new numerical solution procedure of the quadratic matrix equations, based on a combined Sturm sequence and inverse iteration technique enabling economical and accurate determination of a few required eigenvalues and associated vectors. An alternative procedure based on a simultaneous iteration procedure is also described when only the first few modes are the usual requirement. The employment of finite dynamic elements in conjunction with the presently developed eigenvalue routines results in a most significant economy in the dynamic analysis of structures.

  16. FitEM2EM--tools for low resolution study of macromolecular assembly and dynamics.

    PubMed

    Frankenstein, Ziv; Sperling, Joseph; Sperling, Ruth; Eisenstein, Miriam

    2008-01-01

    Studies of the structure and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies often involve comparison of low resolution models obtained using different techniques such as electron microscopy or atomic force microscopy. We present new computational tools for comparing (matching) and docking of low resolution structures, based on shape complementarity. The matched or docked objects are represented by three dimensional grids where the value of each grid point depends on its position with regard to the interior, surface or exterior of the object. The grids are correlated using fast Fourier transformations producing either matches of related objects or docking models depending on the details of the grid representations. The procedures incorporate thickening and smoothing of the surfaces of the objects which effectively compensates for differences in the resolution of the matched/docked objects, circumventing the need for resolution modification. The presented matching tool FitEM2EMin successfully fitted electron microscopy structures obtained at different resolutions, different conformers of the same structure and partial structures, ranking correct matches at the top in every case. The differences between the grid representations of the matched objects can be used to study conformation differences or to characterize the size and shape of substructures. The presented low-to-low docking tool FitEM2EMout ranked the expected models at the top. PMID:18974836

  17. Approximate analytic solutions for the ionization structure of a pressure equilibrium Strömgren sphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tinoco Arenas, A.; González Bolívar, M.; Medina Covarrubias, R.; Raga, A. C.

    2015-10-01

    We present analytic models for a photoionized region in pressure equilibrium with the surrounding, neutral material. The models are based on the assumption of a linear relation between the H ionization fraction and the square of the sound speed of the gas. We show that under these assumptions the "grey" radiative transfer equation has analytic solutions that provide the ionization structure and the density of the nebula as a function of radius.

  18. Structure of Helicity and Global Solutions of Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lei, Zhen; Lin, Fang-Hua; Zhou, Yi

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we derive a new energy identity for the three-dimensional incompressible Navier-Stokes equations by a special structure of helicity. The new energy functional is critical with respect to the natural scalings of the Navier-Stokes equations. Moreover, it is conditionally coercive. As an application we construct a family of finite energy smooth solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations whose critical norms can be arbitrarily large.

  19. NMR solution structures of adducts derived from the binding of polycyclic aromatic diol epoxides to DNA

    SciTech Connect

    Cosman, M.; Patel, D.J.; Hingerty, B.E.; Amin, S.; Broyde, S.; Geacintov, N.E.

    1995-12-31

    Site-specifically modified oligonucleotides were derived from the reactions of stereoisomeric polycyclic aromatic diol epoxide metabolite model compounds with oligonucleotides of defined base composition and sequence. The NMR solution structures of ten different adducts studied so far are briefly described, and it is shown that stereochemical factors and the nature of the oligonucleotide context of the complementary strands, exert a powerful influence on the conformational features of these adducts.

  20. Total assignment and structure in solution of tetrandrine by NMR spectroscopy and molecular modelling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thevand, André; Stanculescu, Ioana; Mandravel, Cristina; Woisel, Patrice; Surpateanu, Gheorghe

    2004-07-01

    High-resolution 1- and 2D NMR spectra of tetrandrine and molecular modelling were employed to characterise its structure in solution. Complete and unambiguous assignment of all proton and carbon resonance signals is reported. Scalar couplings were determined from dihedral angles with the Karplus equation. Inter-proton distances were evaluated from NOE correlation peaks. Comparison of simulated and X-ray conformations of tetrandrine reveals only small differences.

  1. Thorium nanochemistry: the solution structure of the Th(IV)?hydroxo pentamer

    SciTech Connect

    Walther, Clemens; Rothe, Jörg; Schimmelpfennig, Bernd; Fuss, Markus

    2012-10-10

    Tetravalent thorium exhibits a strong tendency towards hydrolysis and subsequent polymerization. Polymeric species play a crucial role in understanding thorium solution chemistry, since their presence causes apparent solubility several orders of magnitude higher than predicted by thermodynamic data bases. Although electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI MS) identifies Th(IV) dimers and pentamers unequivocally as dominant species close to the solubility limit, the molecular structure of Th{sub 5}(OH){sub y} polymers was hitherto unknown. In the present study, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, high energy X-ray scattering (HEXS) measurements, and quantum chemical calculations are combined to solve the pentamer structure. The most favourable structure is represented by two Th(IV) dimers linked by a central Th(IV) cation through hydroxide bridges.

  2. Solution structure of PcFK1, a spider peptide active against Plasmodium falciparum

    PubMed Central

    Pimentel, Cyril; Choi, Soo-Jin; Chagot, Benjamin; Guette, Catherine; Camadro, Jean-Michel; Darbon, Hervé

    2006-01-01

    Psalmopeotoxin I (PcFK1) is a 33-amino-acid residue peptide isolated from the venom of the tarantula Psalmopoeus cambridgei. It has been recently shown to possess strong antiplasmodial activity against the intra-erythrocyte stage of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. Although the molecular target for PcFK1 is not yet determined, this peptide does not lyse erythrocytes, is not cytotoxic to nucleated mammalian cells, and does not inhibit neuromuscular function. We investigated the structural properties of PcFK1 to help understand the unique mechanism of action of this peptide and to enhance its utility as a lead compound for rational development of new antimalarial drugs. In this paper, we have determined the three-dimensional solution structure by 1H two-dimensional NMR means of recombinant PcFK1, which is shown to belong to the ICK structural superfamily with structural determinants common to several neurotoxins acting as ion channels effectors. PMID:16452619

  3. Solution structure and dynamics of C-terminal regulatory domain of Vibrio vulnificus extracellular metalloprotease

    SciTech Connect

    Yun, Ji-Hye; Kim, Heeyoun; Park, Jung Eun; Lee, Jung Sup; Lee, Weontae

    2013-01-11

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have determined solution structures of vEP C-terminal regulatory domain. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer vEP C-ter100 has a compact {beta}-barrel structure with eight anti-parallel {beta}-strands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solution structure of vEP C-ter100 shares its molecular topology with that of the collagen-binding domain of collagenase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Residues in the {beta}3 region of vEP C-ter100 might be important in putative ligand/receptor binding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer vEP C-ter100 interacts strongly with iron ion. -- Abstract: An extracellular metalloprotease (vEP) secreted by Vibrio vulnificus ATCC29307 is a 45-kDa proteolytic enzyme that has prothrombin activation and fibrinolytic activities during bacterial infection. The action of vEP could result in clotting that could serve to protect the bacteria from the host defense machinery. Very recently, we showed that the C-terminal propeptide (C-ter100), which is unique to vEP, is involved in regulation of vEP activity. To understand the structural basis of this function of vEP C-ter100, we have determined the solution structure and backbone dynamics using multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The solution structure shows that vEP C-ter100 is composed of eight anti-parallel {beta}-strands with a unique fold that has a compact {beta}-barrel formation which stabilized by hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding networks. Protein dynamics shows that the overall structure, including loops, is very rigid and stabilized. By structural database analysis, we found that vEP C-ter100 shares its topology with that of the collagen-binding domain of collagenase, despite low sequence homology between the two domains. Fluorescence assay reveals that vEP C-ter100 interacts strongly with iron (Fe{sup 3+}). These findings suggest that vEP protease might recruit substrate molecules, such as collagen, by binding at C-ter100 and that vEP participates in iron uptake from iron-withholding proteins of the host cell during infection.

  4. Effective protein-protein interaction from structure factor data of a lysozyme solution

    SciTech Connect

    Abramo, M. C.; Caccamo, C.; Costa, D.; Ruberto, R.; Wanderlingh, U.; Cavero, M.; Pellicane, G.; National Institute for Theoretical Physics , KZN node, Pietermaritzburg

    2013-08-07

    We report the determination of an effective protein-protein central potential for a lysozyme solution, obtained from the direct inversion of the total structure factor of the system, as extracted from small angle neutron scattering. The inversion scheme rests on a hypernetted-chain relationship between the effective potential and the structural functions, and is preliminarily tested for the case of a Lennard-Jones interaction. The characteristics of our potential are discussed in comparison with current models of effective interactions in complex fluids. The phase behavior predictions are also investigated.

  5. Mechanical and structural properties of solution-cast high-amylose maize starch films.

    PubMed

    Koch, Kristine; Gillgren, Thomas; Stading, Mats; Andersson, Roger

    2010-01-01

    Environmental issues have forced the introduction of sustainable solutions such as annually renewable resources being used as a raw material for packaging and disposables. This paper examined the effects of time and temperature during manufacturing and plasticiser content on the molecular structure of high-amylose maize starch films. It also analysed how manufacturing conditions, plasticiser content and molecular structure of the films affected their material properties. It was found that increased time or temperature increased the degradation of amylose and of amylopectin, which in turn negatively affected film cohesiveness. However, neither time nor temperature had any effect on tensile properties. PMID:19828118

  6. Predicting 3D Structure, Flexibility, and Stability of RNA Hairpins in Monovalent and Divalent Ion Solutions.

    PubMed

    Shi, Ya-Zhou; Jin, Lei; Wang, Feng-Hua; Zhu, Xiao-Long; Tan, Zhi-Jie

    2015-12-15

    A full understanding of RNA-mediated biology would require the knowledge of three-dimensional (3D) structures, structural flexibility, and stability of RNAs. To predict RNA 3D structures and stability, we have previously proposed a three-bead coarse-grained predictive model with implicit salt/solvent potentials. In this study, we further develop the model by improving the implicit-salt electrostatic potential and including a sequence-dependent coaxial stacking potential to enable the model to simulate RNA 3D structure folding in divalent/monovalent ion solutions. The model presented here can predict 3D structures of RNA hairpins with bulges/internal loops (<77 nucleotides) from their sequences at the corresponding experimental ion conditions with an overall improved accuracy compared to the experimental data; the model also makes reliable predictions for the flexibility of RNA hairpins with bulge loops of different lengths at several divalent/monovalent ion conditions. In addition, the model successfully predicts the stability of RNA hairpins with various loops/stems in divalent/monovalent ion solutions. PMID:26682822

  7. Structure and dimerization of translation initiation factor aIF5B in solution

    SciTech Connect

    Carø VohlanderRasmussen, Louise; Oliveira, Cristiano Luis Pinto; Byron, Olwyn; Jensen, Janni Mosgaard; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Sperling-Petersen, Hans Uffe; Mortensen, Kim Kusk

    2012-02-07

    Translation initiation factor 5B (IF5B) is required for initiation of protein synthesis. The solution structure of archaeal IF5B (aIF5B) was analysed by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) and was indicated to be in both monomeric and dimeric form. Sedimentation equilibrium (SE) analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) of aIF5B indicated that aIF5B forms irreversible dimers in solution but only to a maximum of 5.0-6.8% dimer. Sedimentation velocity (SV) AUC at higher speed also indicated the presence of two species, and the sedimentation coefficients s{sub 20,w}{sup 0} were determined to be 3.64 and 5.51 {+-} 0.29 S for monomer and dimer, respectively. The atomic resolution (crystallographic) structure of aIF5B (Roll-Mecak et al. [6]) was used to model monomer and dimer, and theoretical sedimentation coefficients for these models were computed (3.89 and 5.63 S, respectively) in good agreement with the sedimentation coefficients obtained from SV analysis. Thus, the structure of aIF5B in solution must be very similar to the atomic resolution structure of aIF5B. SAXS data were acquired in the same buffer with the addition of 2% glycerol to inhibit dimerization, and the resultant monomeric aIF5B in solution did indeed adopt a structure very similar to the one reported earlier for the protein in crystalline form. The p(r) function indicated an elongated conformation supported by a radius of gyration of 37.5 {+-} 0.2 {angstrom} and a maximum dimension of {approx}130 {angstrom}. The effects of glycerol on the formation of dimers are discussed. This new model of aIF5B in solution shows that there are universal structural differences between aIF5B and the homologous protein IF2 from Escherichia coli.

  8. Structure and properties of novel regenerated cellulose fibers prepared in NaOH complex solution.

    PubMed

    Wang, Wencong; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Shuai; Li, Faxue; Yu, Jianyong; Lin, Jinyou

    2013-10-15

    Novel spinning solution, prepared by dissolving hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) owning a low molar substitution (MS) into NaOH/urea/thiouea aqueous solution with a specific weight ratio of 8:8:6.5, was employed to fabricate a new type of regenerated fibers by wet-spun method. The structure and properties of the resultant HEC fibers were characterized by (13)C NMR, FTIR, synchrotron WAXS, SEM, and tensile tester. The results showed that HEC fibers exhibited structure identical with HEC because of the physical dissolution and coagulation processes, but quite different from native cellulose due to partial breakage of hydrogen bonds and crystal transformation from cellulose I to cellulose II during cellulose modification. The resultant HEC fibers with relatively dense and homogenous structure displayed good moisture related properties and stayed stable in alkali solution with low concentration. Moreover, the novel fibers owned good dry mechanical properties in spit of their slightly poor wet mechanical properties comparable to viscose rayon, showing great potential in substituting the traditional viscose fibers. PMID:23987444

  9. Analysis of the structure of aqueous solutions of isopropanol based on optical, volumetric, and elastic data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abramovich, A. I.; Lanshina, L. V.

    2015-07-01

    The curve of the concentration dependence of the total molecular light scattering coefficient of xC3H7OH-(1 - x)H2O solutions showed two sharp maxima (at x = 0.04 and 0.09) and a minimum at x = 0.06 mole fractions, suggesting a considerable rearrangement of the structure of the solutions near these concentrations. The concentration dependences of excess molar volume, adiabatic compressibility, and molar refraction showed negative deviations from the ideal with a minimum in the range x = 0.18-0.3. The structure of water was assumed to undergo a rearrangement at x = 0.04 accompanied by structural fluctuations, which dispersed at 0.04 < x < 0.06. At x = 0.06, associates of isopropanol molecules started to form, whose number and size increased linearly up to x = 0.13. In the 0.13 < x < 0.35 concentration range, some kind of an aqueous alcohol emulsion containing pure alcohol "nanodrops" formed and the solutions became microheterogeneous.

  10. Explicit solutions for collocated structural control with guaranteed \\mathcal {H}_2 norm performance specifications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meisami-Azad, Mona; Mohammadpour, Javad; Grigoriadis, Karolos M.

    2009-03-01

    This paper presents explicit solutions for velocity feedback control of structural systems with collocated sensors and actuators to satisfy closed-loop \\mathcal {H}_{2} and \\mathcal {L}_2-\\mathcal {L}_\\infty norm performance specifications. First, we consider an open-loop collocated structural system and obtain upper bounds for the \\mathcal {H}_{2} and \\mathcal {L}_2-\\mathcal {L}_\\infty system norms using a solution for the linear matrix inequality formulation of the norm analysis conditions. Next, we address the problem of static output velocity feedback controller design for such systems. By employing simple algebraic tools, we derive an explicit parametrization of the controller gains which guarantee a prescribed level of \\mathcal {H}_{2} or \\mathcal {L}_2-\\mathcal {L}_\\infty norm performance of the closed-loop system. Finally, numerical examples are presented to validate the advantages of the proposed techniques. The effectiveness of the proposed bounds and output feedback control design methods become apparent, especially in very large-scale structural systems where control design methods based on the solution of Lyapunov or Riccati equations are time-consuming or intractable.

  11. Improved reproducibility of unit-cell parameters in macromolecular cryocrystallography by limiting dehydration during crystal mounting

    PubMed Central

    Farley, Christopher; Burks, Geoffry; Siegert, Thomas; Juers, Douglas H.

    2014-01-01

    In macromolecular cryocrystallography unit-cell parameters can have low reproducibility, limiting the effectiveness of combining data sets from multiple crystals and inhibiting the development of defined repeatable cooling protocols. Here, potential sources of unit-cell variation are investigated and crystal dehydration during loop-mounting is found to be an important factor. The amount of water lost by the unit cell depends on the crystal size, the loop size, the ambient relative humidity and the transfer distance to the cooling medium. To limit water loss during crystal mounting, a threefold strategy has been implemented. Firstly, crystal manipulations are performed in a humid environment similar to the humidity of the crystal-growth or soaking solution. Secondly, the looped crystal is transferred to a vial containing a small amount of the crystal soaking solution. Upon loop transfer, the vial is sealed, which allows transport of the crystal at its equilibrated humidity. Thirdly, the crystal loop is directly mounted from the vial into the cold gas stream. This strategy minimizes the exposure of the crystal to relatively low humidity ambient air, improves the reproducibility of low-temperature unit-cell parameters and offers some new approaches to crystal handling and cryoprotection. PMID:25084331

  12. Size-exclusion chromatography system for macromolecular interaction analysis

    DOEpatents

    Stevens, Fred J. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1988-01-01

    A low pressure, microcomputer controlled system employing high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) allows for precise analysis of the interaction of two reversibly associating macromolecules such as proteins. Since a macromolecular complex migrates faster than its components during size-exclusion chromatography, the difference between the elution profile of a mixture of two macromolecules and the summation of the elution profiles of the two components provides a quantifiable indication of the degree of molecular interaction. This delta profile is used to qualitatively reveal the presence or absence of significant interaction or to rank the relative degree of interaction in comparing samples and, in combination with a computer simulation, is further used to quantify the magnitude of the interaction in an arrangement wherein a microcomputer is coupled to analytical instrumentation in a novel manner.

  13. A Quantum-mechanical Approach for Constrained Macromolecular Chains

    E-print Network

    Gabriel F. Calvo; Ramon F. Alvarez-Estrada

    2011-11-06

    Many approaches to three-dimensional constrained macromolecular chains at thermal equilibrium, at about room temperatures, are based upon constrained Classical Hamiltonian Dynamics (cCHDa). Quantum-mechanical approaches (QMa) have also been treated by different researchers for decades. QMa address a fundamental issue (constraints versus the uncertainty principle) and are versatile: they also yield classical descriptions (which may not coincide with those from cCHDa, although they may agree for certain relevant quantities). Open issues include whether QMa have enough practical consequences which differ from and/or improve those from cCHDa. We shall treat cCHDa briefly and deal with QMa, by outlining old approaches and focusing on recent ones.

  14. Reciprocal Space Mapping of Macromolecular Crystals in the Home Laboratory

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Snell, Edward H.; Fewster, P. F.; Andrew, Norman; Boggon, T. J.; Judge, Russell A.; Pusey, Marc A.

    1999-01-01

    Reciprocal space mapping techniques are used widely by the materials science community to provide physical information about their crystal samples. We have used similar methods at synchrotron sources to look at the quality of macromolecular crystals produced both on the ground and under microgravity conditions. The limited nature of synchrotron time has led us to explore the use of a high resolution materials research diffractometer to perform similar measurements in the home laboratory. Although the available intensity is much reduced due to the beam conditioning necessary for high reciprocal space resolution, lower resolution data can be collected in the same detail as the synchrotron source. Experiments can be optimized at home to make most benefit from the synchrotron time available. Preliminary results including information on the mosaicity and the internal strains from reciprocal space maps will be presented.

  15. On macromolecular refinement at subatomic resolution withinteratomic scatterers

    SciTech Connect

    Afonine, Pavel V.; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Adams, Paul D.; Lunin, Vladimir Y.; Urzhumtsev, Alexandre

    2007-11-09

    A study of the accurate electron density distribution in molecular crystals at subatomic resolution, better than {approx} 1.0 {angstrom}, requires more detailed models than those based on independent spherical atoms. A tool conventionally used in small-molecule crystallography is the multipolar model. Even at upper resolution limits of 0.8-1.0 {angstrom}, the number of experimental data is insufficient for the full multipolar model refinement. As an alternative, a simpler model composed of conventional independent spherical atoms augmented by additional scatterers to model bonding effects has been proposed. Refinement of these mixed models for several benchmark datasets gave results comparable in quality with results of multipolar refinement and superior of those for conventional models. Applications to several datasets of both small- and macro-molecules are shown. These refinements were performed using the general-purpose macromolecular refinement module phenix.refine of the PHENIX package.

  16. Solution structures of chloroquine-ferriheme complexes modeled using MD simulation and investigated by EXAFS spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Kuter, David; Streltsov, Victor; Davydova, Natalia; Venter, Gerhard A; Naidoo, Kevin J; Egan, Timothy J

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of chloroquine (CQ) and the ?-oxo dimer of iron(III) protoporphyrin IX (ferriheme) in aqueous solution was modeled using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two models of the CQ-(?-oxo ferriheme) complex were investigated, one involving CQ ?-stacked with an unligated porphyrin face of ?-oxo ferriheme and the other in which CQ was docked between the two porphyrin rings. The feasibility of both models was tested by fitting computed structures to the experimental extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectrum of the CQ-(?-oxo ferriheme) complex in frozen aqueous solution. The docked model produced better agreement with experimental data, suggesting that this is the more likely structure in aqueous solution. The EXAFS fit indicated a longer than expected Fe-O bond of 1.87Å, accounting for the higher than expected magnetic moment of the complex. As a consequence, the asymmetric Fe-O-Fe stretch shifts much lower in frequency and was identified in the precipitated solid at 744cm(-1) with the aid of the O(18) isomer shift. Three important CQ-ferriheme interactions were identified in the docked structure. These were a hydrogen bond between the oxide bridge of ?-oxo ferriheme and the protonated quinolinium nitrogen atom of CQ; ?-stacking between the quinoline ring of CQ and the porphyrin rings; and a close contact between the 7-chloro substituent of CQ and the porphyrin methyl hydrogen atoms. These interactions can be used to rationalize previously observed structure-activity relationships for quinoline-ferriheme association. PMID:26088729

  17. Radiation damage to nucleoprotein complexes in macromolecular crystallography

    PubMed Central

    Bury, Charles; Garman, Elspeth F.; Ginn, Helen Mary; Ravelli, Raimond B. G.; Carmichael, Ian; Kneale, Geoff; McGeehan, John E.

    2015-01-01

    Significant progress has been made in macromolecular crystallography over recent years in both the understanding and mitigation of X-ray induced radiation damage when collecting diffraction data from crystalline proteins. In contrast, despite the large field that is productively engaged in the study of radiation chemistry of nucleic acids, particularly of DNA, there are currently very few X-ray crystallographic studies on radiation damage mechanisms in nucleic acids. Quantitative comparison of damage to protein and DNA crystals separately is challenging, but many of the issues are circumvented by studying pre-formed biological nucleoprotein complexes where direct comparison of each component can be made under the same controlled conditions. Here a model protein–DNA complex C.Esp1396I is employed to investigate specific damage mechanisms for protein and DNA in a biologically relevant complex over a large dose range (2.07–44.63?MGy). In order to allow a quantitative analysis of radiation damage sites from a complex series of macromolecular diffraction data, a computational method has been developed that is generally applicable to the field. Typical specific damage was observed for both the protein on particular amino acids and for the DNA on, for example, the cleavage of base-sugar N1—C and sugar-phosphate C—O bonds. Strikingly the DNA component was determined to be far more resistant to specific damage than the protein for the investigated dose range. At low doses the protein was observed to be susceptible to radiation damage while the DNA was far more resistant, damage only being observed at significantly higher doses. PMID:25723923

  18. Macromolecular crystal growth experiments on International Microgravity Laboratory--1.

    PubMed Central

    Day, J.; McPherson, A.

    1992-01-01

    Macromolecular crystal growth experiments, using satellite tobacco mosaic virus (STMV) and canavalin from jack beans as samples, were conducted on a US Space Shuttle mission designated International Microgravity Laboratory--1 (IML-1), flown January 22-29, 1992. Parallel experiments using identical samples were carried out in both a vapor diffusion-based device (PCG) and a liquid-liquid diffusion-based instrument (CRYOSTAT). The experiments in each device were run at 20-22 degrees C and at colder temperatures. Crystals were grown in virtually every trial, but the characteristics of the crystals were highly dependent on the crystallization technique employed and the temperature experience of the sample. In general, very good results, based on visual inspection of the crystals, were obtained in both PCG and CRYOSTAT. Unusually impressive results were, however, achieved for STMV in the CRYOSTAT instrument. STMV crystals grown in microgravity by liquid-liquid diffusion were more than 10-fold greater in total volume than any STMV crystals previously grown in the laboratory. X-ray diffraction data collected from eight STMV crystals grown in CRYOSTAT demonstrated a substantial improvement in diffraction quality over the entire resolution range when compared to data from crystals grown on Earth. In addition, the extent of the diffraction pattern for the STMV crystals grown in space extended to 1.8 A resolution, whereas the best crystals that were ever grown under conditions of Earth's gravity produced data limited to 2.3 A resolution. Other observations indicate that the growth of macromolecular crystals is indeed influenced by the presence or absence of gravity. These observations further suggest, consistent with earlier results, that the elimination of gravity provides a more favorable environment for such processes. PMID:1303744

  19. An "Attachment Kinetics-based" Level-set Method for Macromolecular Crystallization under Buoyancy-driven Convective Effects

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lappa, Marcello

    2004-10-01

    A level-set method, specifically conceived for the case of organic crystal growth from supersaturated solutions, is introduced and described in detail. The model can simulate the growth due to the slow addition of solute molecules to the surface of a lattice and can handle the shape of macromolecular growing crystals under the influence of natural convection. It is carefully developed according to the complex properties and mechanisms of protein crystal growth taking into account the possibility of anisotropic growth due to either "faceted" surface-orientation-dependent behaviors or the influence of external convection occurring in the protein reactor. The analogies and differences between this technique and a previous volume of fraction method are discussed in terms of theoretical aspects and fundamental equations. The advantages and limitations of both formulations are pointed out.

  20. Structure and specification of iron complexes in aqueous solutions determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Apted, M. J.; Waychunas, G. A.; Brown, G. E.

    1985-10-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy, including extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) techniques, have been used to determine the structure and speciation of complexes for Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ chloride solutions at a variety of pH's, ionic strengths, and chloride/iron ratios. Low intensity K-edge transition features and analysis of modified pair correlation functions, derived from Fourier transformation of EXAFS spectra, show a regular octahedral coordination of Fe(II) by water molecules with a first-shell Fe 2+-O bond distance, closely matching octahedral Fe 2+-O bonds obtained from solid oxide model compounds. Solution Fe 2+-O bond distances decrease with chloride/iron ratio, pH, and total FeCl 2 concentration. A slight intensification of the 1s ? 3d transition with increasing FeCl 2 concentration suggests that chloride may begin to mix with water as a nearest-neighbor octahedral ligand. Fe 3+ solutions show a pronounced increase in the 1s ? 3d transition intensities between 1.0 M FeCl 3/7.8 M Cl - to 1.0 M FeCl 3/ 15 M Cl -, indicating a coordination change from octahedral to tetrahedral complexes. EXAFS analyses of these solutions show an increase in first-shell Fe 3+-ligand distances despite this apparent reduction in coordination number. This can be best explained by a change from regular octahedral complexes of ferric iron (either Fe(H 2O) 63+ or trans-Fe(H 2O) 4Cl 2 or both; Fe 3+-O bond distances of 2.10 Å) to tetra-chloro complexes [Fe 3+-Cl bond distances of 2.25 Å].

  1. Structural Stability of Riemann Solutions for a Multiphase Kinematic Conservation Law Model that Changes Type.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vinod, Vaidyanath

    We consider a model for 2-way traffic flow introduced by Bick and Newell in 1960 (2). The model problem is: p_{t} + (pu)_{x } = 0; quad q_{t} + (qv)_ {x} = 0.eqno(0.1)Here p and q are the densities of cars in the two directions of flow and u and v are the respective velocities in the p and q directions; a choice suggested in (2) is u = 1 - p - beta q, v = -1 + q + beta p.. In this model, beta is a measure of the interaction between the two directions of flow. For the problem to be physically feasible, we require 0<=beta<1.. Equation (0.1) is a conservation law that changes type. The domain of the solution is p>=0, q<=0, 1 - p - beta q>=0, and -1 + q + beta p>=0.. When beta = 0, there is no interaction between the two directions of flow and then the system (0.1) reduces to a system of scalar equation for which the Riemann problem (Cauchy problem) to (0.1) with initial data of the form: U(x,0) = cases{{U_0,quad x < 0} crcr{U_1,quad x > 0} cr}has a unique solution in the class of Lax entropy or admissible wave solutions. In this case, there is an open set of initial states (U_0, U_1) for which the solution exhibits the phenomenon of 'overlapping rarefaction waves'. These waves occupy the same position in the physical plane and they are stable. When beta>0, for the same initial values U_0 and U_1, these overlapping rarefaction solutions disappear due to the presence of an elliptic region. For these states, we introduce a new shock solution which we term a critical shock (this is qualitatively similar to a Buckley-Leverett shock). The strength of the shock goes to zero as beta tends to zero; and this solution approaches the overlapping wave solution. The main result of this thesis is that these constructed solutions are structurally stable as beta approaches zero (that is, the elliptic region shrinks to a line); and that they converge strongly in L^1. The construction might prove useful in solving other problems that change type, for example models for three-phase flow in porous media (1) or compressible two-phase flow (19). In this dissertation, we present the stability result for one new case, which typifies the difficulties involved.

  2. Solution structure and backbone dynamics of human Raf-1 kinase inhibitor protein.

    PubMed

    Guo, Chenyun; Yi, Cuiying; Peng, Yu; Wen, Yi; Lin, Donghai

    2013-08-16

    Human Raf-1 kinase inhibitor protein (hRKIP) is a small multi-functional protein of 187 residues. It contains a conserved pocket, which binds a wide range of ligands from various small molecules to distinct proteins. To provide a structural basis for the ligand diversity of RKIP, we herein determined the solution structure of hRKIP, and analyzed its structural dynamics. In solution, hRKIP mainly comprises two antiparallel ? sheets, two ? helices and two 3?? helices. NMR dynamic analysis reveals that the overall structure of hRKIP is rigid, but its C-terminal helix which is close to the ligand-binding site is mobile. In addition, residues around the ligand-binding pocket exhibit significant conformational exchange on the ?s-ms timescale. Conformational flexibility may allow the ligand-binding pocket and the C-terminal helix to adopt various conformations to interact with different substrates. This work may shed light on the underlying molecular mechanisms of how hRKIP recognizes and binds diverse substrate ligands. PMID:23872143

  3. Structural changes in chemical solution deposited lanthanum doped bismuth ferrite thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, V. R.; Garg, A.; Agrawal, D. C.

    2008-04-01

    Here, we report on the lanthanum (La) doping induced structural changes in chemical solution grown Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (0.0?x?0.30) thin films on indium tin oxide coated glass substrates and influence on film's properties. Films show gradual structural changes from rhombohedral towards a pseudocubic structure as the La content increases, also evident from changes in the lattice constant and disappearance of peak splitting upon increasing the doping level. This was also accompanied by an increase in the dielectric constant, magnetization and a marginal decrease in the leakage current density up to x =0.20 followed by a reverse trend at higher doping levels.

  4. Structure and interaction in protein solutions as studied by small-angle neutron scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Chodankar, S.; Aswal, V.K.

    2005-10-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements have been performed to compare the effect of the salts KF, KCl, and KBr on crystallization in aqueous solution of lysozyme protein. It is found that the propensity of the salt to crystallize protein follows the Hoffmeister series (KFsolution, lysozyme macromolecules are prolate ellipsoidal with semimajor and semiminor axes as 22 and 13.5 A, respectively. SANS also gives that the effective (structural+counterion) charge (Z) on the protein as obtained by taking into account screened Coulomb interaction between the protein macromolecules is found to be much smaller than the structural charge. There is decrease in Z suggesting the higher counterion condensation on protein with the increase in the concentration. The counterion condensation seems to be responsible for the differences in the effect of different salts. It is also found that with the addition of salts, lysozyme macromolecules convert to dimers, and for the same salt concentration the comparative effect of different salts follows the Hoffmeister series. Time evolved measurements prior to and after the crystallization show that the protein solution mostly consists of monomers and dimers. Interestingly, higher-mers are not observed in these measurements as perhaps they are formed in very small numbers towards the process that leads to the crystallization. The time dependent data have been used to obtain the fraction of crystallization as a function of time.

  5. Effect of ionic liquid treatment on the structures of lignins in solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng, Gang; Kent, Michael S; He, Lilin; Varanasi, Patanjali; Dibble, Dean; Melnichenko, Yuri B; Simmons, Blake; Singh, Seema

    2012-01-01

    The solution structures of three types of isolated lignin - organosolv (OS), Kraft (K), and low sulfonate (LS) - before and after treatment with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate were studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) over a concentration range of 0.3-2.4 wt %. The results indicate that each of these lignins is comprised of aggregates of well-defined basal subunits, the shapes and sizes of which, in D{sub 2}O and DMSO-d{sub 6}, are revealed using these techniques. LS lignin contains a substantial amount of nanometer-scale individual subunits. In aqueous solution these subunits have a well-defined elongated shape described well by ellipsoidal and cylindrical models. At low concentration the subunits are highly expanded in alkaline solution, and the effect is screened with increasing concentration. OS lignin dissolved in DMSO was found to consist of a narrow distribution of aggregates with average radius 200 {+-} 30 nm. K lignin in DMSO consists of aggregates with a very broad size distribution. After ionic liquid (IL) treatment, LS lignin subunits in alkaline solution maintained the elongated shape but were reduced in size. IL treatment of OS and K lignins led to the release of nanometer-scale subunits with well-defined size and shape.

  6. Preclinical imaging and translational animal models of cancer for accelerated clinical implementation of nanotechnologies and macromolecular agents.

    PubMed

    De Souza, Raquel; Spence, Tara; Huang, Huang; Allen, Christine

    2015-12-10

    The majority of animal models of cancer have performed poorly in terms of predicting clinical performance of new therapeutics, which are most often first evaluated in patients with advanced, metastatic disease. The development and use of metastatic models of cancer may enhance clinical translatability of preclinical studies focused on the development of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems and macromolecular therapeutics, potentially accelerating their clinical implementation. It is recognized that the development and use of such models are not without challenge. Preclinical imaging tools offer a solution by allowing temporal and spatial characterization of metastatic lesions. This paper provides a review of imaging methods applicable for evaluation of novel therapeutics in clinically relevant models of advanced cancer. An overview of currently utilized models of oncology in small animals is followed by image-based development and characterization of visceral metastatic cancer models. Examples of imaging tools employed for metastatic lesion detection, evaluation of anti-tumor and anti-metastatic potential and biodistribution of novel therapies, as well as the co-development and/or use of imageable surrogates of response, are also discussed. While the focus is on development of macromolecular and nanotechnology-based therapeutics, examples with small molecules are included in some cases to illustrate concepts and approaches that can be applied in the assessment of nanotechnologies or macromolecules. PMID:26409122

  7. Interpretation of ensembles created by multiple iterative rebuilding of macromolecular models

    SciTech Connect

    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Afonine, Pavel V.; Adams, Paul D.; Moriarty, Nigel W.; Zwart, Peter; Read, Randy J.; Turk, Dusan; Hung, Li-Wei

    2007-05-01

    Heterogeneity in ensembles generated by independent model rebuilding principally reflects the limitations of the data and of the model-building process rather than the diversity of structures in the crystal. Automation of iterative model building, density modification and refinement in macromolecular crystallography has made it feasible to carry out this entire process multiple times. By using different random seeds in the process, a number of different models compatible with experimental data can be created. Sets of models were generated in this way using real data for ten protein structures from the Protein Data Bank and using synthetic data generated at various resolutions. Most of the heterogeneity among models produced in this way is in the side chains and loops on the protein surface. Possible interpretations of the variation among models created by repetitive rebuilding were investigated. Synthetic data were created in which a crystal structure was modelled as the average of a set of ‘perfect’ structures and the range of models obtained by rebuilding a single starting model was examined. The standard deviations of coordinates in models obtained by repetitive rebuilding at high resolution are small, while those obtained for the same synthetic crystal structure at low resolution are large, so that the diversity within a group of models cannot generally be a quantitative reflection of the actual structures in a crystal. Instead, the group of structures obtained by repetitive rebuilding reflects the precision of the models, and the standard deviation of coordinates of these structures is a lower bound estimate of the uncertainty in coordinates of the individual models.

  8. Discovering Free Energy Basins for Macromolecular Systems via Guided Multiscale Simulation

    PubMed Central

    Sereda, Yuriy V.; Singharoy, Abhishek B.; Jarrold, Martin F.; Ortoleva, Peter J.

    2012-01-01

    An approach for the automated discovery of low free energy states of macromolecular systems is presented. The method does not involve delineating the entire free energy landscape but proceeds in a sequential free energy minimizing state discovery, i.e., it first discovers one low free energy state and then automatically seeks a distinct neighboring one. These states and the associated ensembles of atomistic configurations are characterized by coarse-grained variables capturing the large-scale structure of the system. A key facet of our approach is the identification of such coarse-grained variables. Evolution of these variables is governed by Langevin dynamics driven by thermal-average forces and mediated by diffusivities, both of which are constructed by an ensemble of short molecular dynamics runs. In the present approach, the thermal-average forces are modified to account for the entropy changes following from our knowledge of the free energy basins already discovered. Such forces guide the system away from the known free energy minima, over free energy barriers, and to a new one. The theory is demonstrated for lactoferrin, known to have multiple energy-minimizing structures. The approach is validated using experimental structures and traditional molecular dynamics. The method can be generalized to enable the interpretation of nanocharacterization data (e.g., ion mobility – mass spectrometry, atomic force microscopy, chemical labeling, and nanopore measurements). PMID:22423635

  9. Distinct Contribution of Electrostatics, Initial Conformational Ensemble, and Macromolecular Stability in RNA Folding

    SciTech Connect

    Laederach,A.; Shcherbakova, I.; Jonikas, M.; Altman, R.; Brenowitz, M.

    2007-01-01

    We distinguish the contribution of the electrostatic environment, initial conformational ensemble, and macromolecular stability on the folding mechanism of a large RNA using a combination of time-resolved 'Fast Fenton' hydroxyl radical footprinting and exhaustive kinetic modeling. This integrated approach allows us to define the folding landscape of the L-21 Tetrahymena thermophila group I intron structurally and kinetically from its earliest steps with unprecedented accuracy. Distinct parallel pathways leading the RNA to its native form upon its Mg2+-induced folding are observed. The structures of the intermediates populating the pathways are not affected by variation of the concentration and type of background monovalent ions (electrostatic environment) but are altered by a mutation that destabilizes one domain of the ribozyme. Experiments starting from different conformational ensembles but folding under identical conditions show that whereas the electrostatic environment modulates molecular flux through different pathways, the initial conformational ensemble determines the partitioning of the flux. This study showcases a robust approach for the development of kinetic models from collections of local structural probes.

  10. Surface structure and electrical properties of solution processed lanthanum nickelate films

    SciTech Connect

    Pandya, Nirav C. Joshi, U. S.

    2014-04-24

    Conducting oxides with perovskite crystal structure have many advantages over the simple Pt or Au, Pt based metal bottom electrodes (BE), particularly in fabrication of ferroelectric as well as resistive random access memory devices, if they possess smooth surface morphology. LaNiO{sub 3} (LNO) thin films were prepared by modified chemical solution deposition method. Precursor solutions were spin coated onto SiO{sub 2}-substrates. Deposited layers were thermally treated in a pre-heated furnace at 550 °C and oxygenated up to 800 °C. Results of AFM and FESEM showed that films are very smooth (Ra = 1.69 nm), dense, crack-free and with monodispersed nanocrystallites. Growth conditions such as spinning rate, annealing rates and temperatures etc. have been optimized for mono dispersed crystallinity with very smooth surface morphology. Sheet resistivity, carrier concentration and RMS roughness were correlated with growth temperatures.

  11. Novel Microwave Thermodynamic Model for Alcohol with Clustering Structure in Nonpolar Solution.

    PubMed

    Sumi, Takuya; Dillert, Ralf; Horikoshi, Satoshi

    2015-11-12

    A solution containing ethanol as polar material and either benzene or n-dodecane as nonpolar solvent was heated by microwave irradiation employing a single-mode resonance microwave device. Although the microwave heating efficiency was expected from the just value of the relative dielectric constant (?r') or relative dielectric loss (?r?) for liquid system, it was revealed that the clustering structure of alcohol molecules expected from the excess parameter such as the excess relative dielectric loss is the important factor in the decision for efficiency of the microwave heating for the solution. This assumption and novel theory were strongly supported from the thermodynamic data such as vapor pressure and the partial enthalpy. PMID:26468761

  12. Heteromolecular structures in aqueous solutions of dimethylformamide and tetrahydrofuran, according to molecular dynamics data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Razzokov, D.; Ismailova, O. B.; Mamatkulov, Sh. I.; Trunilina, O. V.; Kokhkharov, A. M.

    2014-09-01

    The complex dielectric permittivity of aqueous solutions of tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide in wide ranges of temperature (220-300 K) and pressure (0.1-12 MPa) is studied by means of molecular dynamics. The autocorrelation functions of the dipole moments of molecules are calculated. Dielectric permittivity spectra are obtained. The dielectric relaxation times are determined as functions of the tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide concentrations in the indicated binary mixtures. The dielectric relaxation frequency shifts toward low frequencies in the range of tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide concentrations x ? 0.5 molar fraction, due to the formation of heteromolecular structures with hydrogen bonds. This is confirmed by the negative values of the excess dielectric permittivities of binary solutions at x ˜ 0.3-0.4 molar fraction.

  13. Structural and Electronic Properties of Semiconductor Quaternary Solid Solutions from Computational Alchemy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saitta, Antonino Marco; de Gironcoli, Stefano; Baroni, Stefano

    1997-03-01

    Quaternary semiconductor alloys offer enhanced flexibility in the design of the materials properties with respect to their ternary (pseudo-binary) counterparts. Zn_xMg_1-xS_ySe_1-y solid solutions, in particular, are receiving a special attention in view of their possible application in the blue-green opto-electronic technology. The structure and phase stability of Zn_xMg_1-xS_ySe_1-y alloys is determined by first-principles Monte Carlo simulations based on the computational alchemy approach previously successfully applied to binary and pseudo-binary solid solutions. These simulations give access to such information such as the phase diagram, the lattice parameter vs. compositions profile, and to short-range composition correlations. This information is then used to study the band gap as a function of the compositions.

  14. Sub-100-ps structural dynamics of horse heart myoglobin probed by time-resolved X-ray solution scattering

    E-print Network

    Ihee, Hyotcherl

    Sub-100-ps structural dynamics of horse heart myoglobin probed by time-resolved X-ray solution-slicing Structural dynamics Myoglobin a b s t r a c t Here we report sub-100-ps structural dynamics of horse heart rearrangement [27]. In this work, we extend the time-slicing scheme to a protein, horse heart myoglobin (Mb

  15. An Alternative Hypothesis for How Microgravity Improves Macromolecular Crystal Quality

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pusey, Marc

    2003-01-01

    There is a substantial body of experimental evidence, from this and other laboratories, that strongly suggests that for many proteins crystal nucleation and growth is by addition of associated species that are preformed by reversible concentration-driven self association processes in the bulk solution. We have developed a self-association model for the crystal nucleation and growth of the protein chicken egg lysozyme. The model accounts for the obtained crystal symmetry, explains the observed surface structures, and shows the importance of the symmetry obtained by self-association in solution to the process as a whole. This model also offers a possible mechanism for fluid flow effects on the growth process and how microgravity may affect it. While a single lysozyme molecule is relatively small an octamer in the 43 helix configuration (the proposed average sized growth unit) would have a M.W. approx. 115,000 and dimensions of 5.6 x 5.6 x 7.6 nm. Direct AFM measurements of growth unit incorporation indicate that units as wide as 11.2 nm and as long as 11.4 nm (a 24-mer) commonly attach to the crystal. AFM results from Weichmann et al. (Ultramicroscopy 86, 159-166, 2001) suggest that associated species of up to 40-mers in size add to the (101) faces. These measurements reflect the sizes of units that both added and desorbed from the crystal surface. The larger and less isotropic the associated species the more likely that it will be oriented to some degree in a flowing boundary layer, even at the low flow velocities measured about macromolecule crystals. On Earth, concentration gradient driven flow will maintain a high interfacial concentration, i.e., a high level (essentially that of the bulk solution) of solute association at the interface and higher growth rate. Higher growth rates mean an increased probability that misaligned growth units are trapped by subsequent growth layers before they can be desorbed and try again, or that the desorbing species is more likely to be smaller than the adsorbing species. In microgravity the extended diffusive boundary layer will lower the interfacial concentration. This results in a net dissociation of aggregated species that diffuse in from the bulk solution, i.e., smaller associated species, which are more likely able to make multiple attempts to correctly bind, yielding higher quality crystals.

  16. Upgrade of IMCA-CAT Bending Magnet Beamline 17-BM for Macromolecular Crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source

    SciTech Connect

    Koshelev, I.; Huang, R.; Graber, T.; Meron, M.; Muir, J.L.; Lavender, W.; Battaile, K.; Mulichak, A.M.; Keefe, L.J.

    2007-05-15

    Pharmaceutical research depends on macromolecular crystallography as a tool in drug design and development. To solve the de novo three-dimensional atomic structure of a protein, it is essential to know the phases of the X-rays scattered by a protein crystal. Experimental phases can be obtained from multiwavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD) experiments. Dedicated to macromolecular crystallography, the IMCA-CAT bending magnet beamline at sector 17 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) was upgraded to provide the energy resolution required to successfully perform synchrotron radiation-based MAD phasing of protein crystal structures. A collimating mirror was inserted into the beam path upstream of a double-crystal monochromator, thus increasing the monochromatic beam throughput in a particular bandwidth without sacrificing the energy resolution of the system. The beam is focused horizontally by a sagittally bent crystal and vertically by a cylindrically bent mirror, delivering a beam at the sample of 130 {micro}m (vertically) x 250 {micro}m (horizontally) FWHM. As a result of the upgrade, the beamline now operates with an energy range of 7.5 x 17.5 keV, delivers 8 x 10{sup +11} photons/sec at 12.398 keV at the sample, and has an energy resolution of {delta}E/E = 1.45 x 10{sup -4} at 10 keV, which is suitable for MAD experiments.

  17. Properties of solid solutions, doped film, and nanocomposite structures based on zinc oxide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lashkarev, G. V.; Shtepliuk, I. I.; Ievtushenko, A. I.; Khyzhun, O. Y.; Kartuzov, V. V.; Ovsiannikova, L. I.; Karpyna, V. A.; Myroniuk, D. V.; Khomyak, V. V.; Tkach, V. N.; Timofeeva, I. I.; Popovich, V. I.; Dranchuk, N. V.; Khranovskyy, V. D.; Demydiuk, P. V.

    2015-02-01

    A study of the properties of materials based on the wide bandgap zinc oxide semiconductor, which are promising for application in optoelectronics, photovoltaics and nanoplasmonics. The structural and optical properties of solid solution Zn1-xCdxO films with different cadmium content, are studied. The samples are grown using magnetron sputtering on sapphire backing. Low-temperature photoluminescence spectra revealed emission peaks associated with radiative recombination processes in those areas of the film that have varying amounts of cadmium. X-ray phase analysis showed the presence of a cadmium oxide cubic phase in these films. Theoretical studies of the solid solution thermodynamic properties allowed for a qualitative interpretation of the observed experimental phenomena. It is established that the growth of the homogeneous solid solution film is possible only at high temperatures, whereas regions of inhomogeneous composition can be narrowed through elastic deformation, caused by the mismatch of the film-backing lattice constants. The driving forces of the spinodal decomposition of the Zn1-xCdxO system are identified. Fullerene-like clusters of Znn-xCdxOn are used to calculate the bandgap and the cohesive energy of ZnCdO solid solutions. The properties of transparent conductive ZnO films, doped with Group III donor impurities (Al, Ga, In), are examined. It is shown that oxygen vacancies are responsible for the hole trap centers in the zinc oxide photoconductivity process. We also examine the photoluminescence properties of metal-ZnO nanocomposite structures, caused by surface plasmons.

  18. Ceruloplasmin: Macromolecular Assemblies with Iron-Containing Acute Phase Proteins

    PubMed Central

    Samygina, Valeriya R.; Sokolov, Alexey V.; Bourenkov, Gleb; Petoukhov, Maxim V.; Pulina, Maria O.; Zakharova, Elena T.; Vasilyev, Vadim B.; Bartunik, Hans; Svergun, Dmitri I.

    2013-01-01

    Copper-containing ferroxidase ceruloplasmin (Cp) forms binary and ternary complexes with cationic proteins lactoferrin (Lf) and myeloperoxidase (Mpo) during inflammation. We present an X-ray crystal structure of a 2Cp-Mpo complex at 4.7 Å resolution. This structure allows one to identify major protein–protein interaction areas and provides an explanation for a competitive inhibition of Mpo by Cp and for the activation of p-phenylenediamine oxidation by Mpo. Small angle X-ray scattering was employed to construct low-resolution models of the Cp-Lf complex and, for the first time, of the ternary 2Cp-2Lf-Mpo complex in solution. The SAXS-based model of Cp-Lf supports the predicted 1?1 stoichiometry of the complex and demonstrates that both lobes of Lf contact domains 1 and 6 of Cp. The 2Cp-2Lf-Mpo SAXS model reveals the absence of interaction between Mpo and Lf in the ternary complex, so Cp can serve as a mediator of protein interactions in complex architecture. Mpo protects antioxidant properties of Cp by isolating its sensitive loop from proteases. The latter is important for incorporation of Fe3+ into Lf, which activates ferroxidase activity of Cp and precludes oxidation of Cp substrates. Our models provide the structural basis for possible regulatory role of these complexes in preventing iron-induced oxidative damage. PMID:23843990

  19. Stealth carriers for low-resolution structure determination of membrane proteins in solution.

    PubMed

    Maric, Selma; Skar-Gislinge, Nicholas; Midtgaard, Søren; Thygesen, Mikkel B; Schiller, Jürgen; Frielinghaus, Henrich; Moulin, Martine; Haertlein, Michael; Forsyth, V Trevor; Pomorski, Thomas Günther; Arleth, Lise

    2014-02-01

    Structural studies of membrane proteins remain a great experimental challenge. Functional reconstitution into artificial nanoscale bilayer disc carriers that mimic the native bilayer environment allows the handling of membrane proteins in solution. This enables the use of small-angle scattering techniques for fast and reliable structural analysis. The difficulty with this approach is that the carrier discs contribute to the measured scattering intensity in a highly nontrivial fashion, making subsequent data analysis challenging. Here, an elegant solution to circumvent the intrinsic complexity brought about by the presence of the carrier disc is presented. In combination with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and the D2O/H2O-based solvent contrast-variation method, it is demonstrated that it is possible to prepare specifically deuterated carriers that become invisible to neutrons in 100% D2O at the length scales relevant to SANS. These `stealth' carrier discs may be used as a general platform for low-resolution structural studies of membrane proteins using well established data-analysis tools originally developed for soluble proteins. PMID:24531466

  20. Solution Structural Studies of GTP:Adenosylcobinamide-Phosphateguanylyl Transferase (CobY) from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii

    PubMed Central

    Singarapu, Kiran K.; Otte, Michele M.; Tonelli, Marco; Westler, William M.; Escalante-Semerena, Jorge C.; Markley, John L.

    2015-01-01

    GTP:adenosylcobinamide-phosphate (AdoCbi-P) guanylyl transferase (CobY) is an enzyme that transfers the GMP moiety of GTP to AdoCbi yielding AdoCbi-GDP in the late steps of the assembly of Ado-cobamides in archaea. The failure of repeated attempts to crystallize ligand-free (apo) CobY prompted us to explore its 3D structure by solution NMR spectroscopy. As reported here, the solution structure has a mixed ?/? fold consisting of seven ?-strands and five ?-helices, which is very similar to a Rossmann fold. Titration of apo-CobY with GTP resulted in large changes in amide proton chemical shifts that indicated major structural perturbations upon complex formation. However, the CobY:GTP complex as followed by 1H-15N HSQC spectra was found to be unstable over time: GTP hydrolyzed and the protein converted slowly to a species with an NMR spectrum similar to that of apo-CobY. The variant CobYG153D, whose GTP complex was studied by X-ray crystallography, yielded NMR spectra similar to those of wild-type CobY in both its apo- state and in complex with GTP. The CobYG153D:GTP complex was also found to be unstable over time. PMID:26513744

  1. Structural, functional, and evolutionary relationships among extracellular solute-binding receptors of bacteria.

    PubMed Central

    Tam, R; Saier, M H

    1993-01-01

    Extracellular solute-binding proteins of bacteria serve as chemoreceptors, recognition constituents of transport systems, and initiators of signal transduction pathways. Over 50 sequenced periplasmic solute-binding proteins of gram-negative bacteria and homologous extracytoplasmic lipoproteins of gram-positive bacteria have been analyzed for sequence similarities, and their degrees of relatedness have been determined. Some of these proteins are homologous to cytoplasmic transcriptional regulatory proteins of bacteria; however, with the sole exception of the vitamin B12-binding protein of Escherichia coli, which is homologous to human glutathione peroxidase, they are not demonstrably homologous to any of the several thousand sequenced eukaryotic proteins. Most of these proteins fall into eight distinct clusters as follows. Cluster 1 solute-binding proteins are specific for malto-oligosaccharides, multiple oligosaccharides, glycerol 3-phosphate, and iron. Cluster 2 proteins are specific for galactose, ribose, arabinose, and multiple monosaccharides, and they are homologous to a number of transcriptional regulatory proteins including the lactose, galactose, and fructose repressors of E. coli. Cluster 3 proteins are specific for histidine, lysine-arginine-ornithine, glutamine, octopine, nopaline, and basic amino acids. Cluster 4 proteins are specific for leucine and leucine-isoleucine-valine, and they are homologous to the aliphatic amidase transcriptional repressor, AmiC, of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Cluster 5 proteins are specific for dipeptides and oligopeptides as well as nickel. Cluster 6 proteins are specific for sulfate, thiosulfate, and possibly phosphate. Cluster 7 proteins are specific for dicarboxylates and tricarboxylates, but these two proteins exhibit insufficient sequence similarity to establish homology. Finally, cluster 8 proteins are specific for iron complexes and possibly vitamin B12. Members of each cluster of binding proteins exhibit greater sequence conservation in their N-terminal domains than in their C-terminal domains. Signature sequences for these eight protein families are presented. The results reveal that binding proteins specific for the same solute from different bacteria are generally more closely related to each other than are binding proteins specific for different solutes from the same organism, although exceptions exist. They also suggest that a requirement for high-affinity solute binding imposes severe structural constraints on a protein. The occurrence of two distinct classes of bacterial cytoplasmic repressor proteins which are homologous to two different clusters of periplasmic binding proteins suggests that the gene-splicing events which allowed functional conversion of these proteins with retention of domain structure have occurred repeatedly during evolutionary history.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:8336670

  2. [Structural analysis of vinorelbine in solution determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry].

    PubMed

    Ribet, J P; Zalavari, P; Commenges, G; Fahy, J; Duflos, A; Schambel, P

    1997-01-01

    An active partnership between the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the laboratories Pierre Fabre is underpinning the development of a new molecule, vinorelbine, whose tartrate received marketing authorization in France in 1989, under the name of Navelbine. This medicine was first recommended for the treatment of bronchial cancer "not small cell", then, in 1991, for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. In 1994, its registration in United States was granted for the treatment of bronchial cancer "not small cell". Vinorelbine is obtained by hemisynthesis using two antecedent monomeric alkaloids, catharanthine and vindoline, followed by a modification of the catharanthine nucleus, so as to produce the first 5' nor vinca-alkaloid. The chemical structure of vinorelbine has been examined in our laboratory using nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. Bearing in mind their complexity, the total attribution of the proton spectrum and the carbon-13 spectrum has required experiments for homonuclear (1H-1H) and heteronuclear (1H-13C and 1H-15N) correlation. These experiments have been carried out using a BRUKER spectrometer operating at the nominal proton frequency of 200 MHz in direct detection mode, then with a 400 MHz spectrometer equipped with the reverse detection mode. The chemical structure has thus been analyzed with no ambiguity. The results of this structural study will be presented in due course. We have also undertaken a comparative conformational study between base vinorelbine in chloroform solution and ditartrate vinorelbine (Navelbine) in methanolic solution. The conformation of the vinorelbine molecule in solution in these different solvents have been studied with NOESY (Nuclear Overhauser Effect Spectroscopy) experiments. The results of these experiments have been confirmed by data stemming from molecular modelization. PMID:9138318

  3. Correlations between structure, spectra, and thermodynamics in solutions of cobalt chloride in sodium tetrachloroaluminates

    SciTech Connect

    Newman, D.S.; Tumidajski, P.J.; Blander, M.

    1990-01-01

    An EMF technique using the cell Co/CoCl{sub 2} {minus} Na AlCl{sub 4}//(AgCl)x {minus} NaAlCl{sub 4} (x fixed)/Ag was used to measure the solubility of CoCl{sub 2} in NaCl{center dot}AlCl{sub 3} melts. The changes in EMF as a function of changes in melt composition were correlated with changes in the UV-Vis spectra of the dissolved cobalt species. From these data the microscopic structural contributions to the macroscopic thermodynamic properties of the solutions were estimated. 14 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Exact solutions of non-autonomous quantum systems with semisimple Lie algebraic structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jie, Quan-Lin; Wang, Shun-Jin; Wei, Lian-Fu

    1997-03-01

    If a non-autonomous quantum system has an semisimple Lie algebraic structure and its Hamiltonian can be treated as a linear function of the generators of a semisimple Lie group, we show a method for finding a set of gauge transformations that transform the Hamiltonian to a linear function of Cartan operators. The exact solutions of the equations of motion, as well as a set of time-dependent invariant operators which commute with each other, are obtained by the inverse gauge transformations. An SU(3) model serves as an illustration.

  5. Solution structure of detergent micelles at conditions relevant to membrane protein crystallization.

    SciTech Connect

    Littrell, K.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Tiede, D.; Urban, V.

    1999-07-02

    In this study small angle neutron scattering was used to characterize the formation of micelles in aqueous solutions of the detergents DMG and SPC as a function of detergent concentration and ionic strength of the solvent. The effects on the micelle structure of the additives glycerol and PEG, alone as well as in combination typical for actual membrane protein crystallization, were also explored. This research suggests that the micelles are cigar-like in form at the concentrations studied. The size of the micelles was observed to increase with increasing ionic strength but decrease with the addition of glycerol or PEG.

  6. Operation of the Australian Store.Synchrotron for macromolecular crystallography

    SciTech Connect

    Meyer, Grischa R.; Aragão, David; Mudie, Nathan J.; Caradoc-Davies, Tom T.; McGowan, Sheena; Bertling, Philip J.; Groenewegen, David; Quenette, Stevan M.; Bond, Charles S.; Buckle, Ashley M.; Androulakis, Steve

    2014-10-01

    The Store.Synchrotron service, a fully functional, cloud computing-based solution to raw X-ray data archiving and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron, is described. The Store.Synchrotron service, a fully functional, cloud computing-based solution to raw X-ray data archiving and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron, is described. The service automatically receives and archives raw diffraction data, related metadata and preliminary results of automated data-processing workflows. Data are able to be shared with collaborators and opened to the public. In the nine months since its deployment in August 2013, the service has handled over 22.4 TB of raw data (?1.7 million diffraction images). Several real examples from the Australian crystallographic community are described that illustrate the advantages of the approach, which include real-time online data access and fully redundant, secure storage. Discoveries in biological sciences increasingly require multidisciplinary approaches. With this in mind, Store.Synchrotron has been developed as a component within a greater service that can combine data from other instruments at the Australian Synchrotron, as well as instruments at the Australian neutron source ANSTO. It is therefore envisaged that this will serve as a model implementation of raw data archiving and dissemination within the structural biology research community.

  7. Unexpected structural softening of interstitial boron solid solution WB{sub 3+x}

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Hao; Sun, Hong E-mail: chen@physics.unlv.edu; Chen, Changfeng E-mail: chen@physics.unlv.edu

    2014-11-24

    Using first-principles calculations, we reveal an unexpected structural softening in a recently proposed WB{sub 3+x} structural model that tries to explain the X-ray diffraction, high resolution TEM, pressure dependence of the normalized lattice c/a ratio, and hardness experimental results of the synthesized tungsten boride compounds with a nominal composition WB{sub 4}. We show that the interstitial boron in WB{sub 3+x}, which was proposed to strengthen the covalent bonding network, unexpectedly weakens the atomic bonding, resulting in a large reduction of its indentation strength to well below that of WB{sub 3}. This is in direct contradiction to the experimental results showing that synthesized WB{sub 4} is harder than WB{sub 3}. The unusual structural softening is attributed to the unique three-center covalent bonding formed by the interstitial boron atoms that can easily deform under indentation. Our results show that the proposed interstitial boron solid solution WB{sub 3+x} structure is incompatible with experimental results, which calls for further investigations to determine the crystal structure of the synthesized WB{sub 4}.

  8. The Structure and Dynamics of Rat Apo-Cellular Retinol-binding Protein II in Solution: Comparison

    E-print Network

    Ponder, Jay

    The Structure and Dynamics of Rat Apo-Cellular Retinol-binding Protein II in Solution: Comparison and dynamics of rat apo-cellular retinol binding protein II (apo-CRBP II) in solution has been determined by multidimensional NMR analysis of uniformly enriched recombinant rat 13 C, 15 N-apo-CRBP II and 15 N-apo-CRBP II

  9. Analysis of the size dependence of macromolecular crowding shows that smaller is better

    PubMed Central

    Sharp, Kim A.

    2015-01-01

    The aqueous milieu inside cells contains as much as 30–40% dissolved protein and RNA by volume. This large concentration of macromolecules is expected to cause significant deviations from solution ideality. In vivo biochemical reaction rates and equilibria might differ significantly from those measured in the majority of in vitro experiments that are performed at much lower macromolecule concentrations. Consequently crowding, a nonspecific phenomenon believed to arise from the large excluded volume of these macromolecules, has been studied extensively by experimental and theoretical methods. However, the relevant theory has not been applied consistently. When the steric effects of macromolecular crowders and small molecules like water and ions are treated on an equal footing, the effect of the macromolecules is opposite to that commonly believed. Large molecules are less effective at crowding than water and ions. There is also a surprisingly weak dependence on crowder size. Molecules of medium size, ?5 Å radius, have the same effect as much larger macromolecules like proteins and RNA. These results require a reassessment of observed high-concentration effects and of strategies to mimic in vivo conditions with in vitro experiments. PMID:26080429

  10. Effect of pressure on the solution structure and hydrogen bond properties of aqueous N-methylacetamide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sarma, Rahul; Paul, Sandip

    2012-10-01

    Effects of high pressure on hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions are investigated by employing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of aqueous N-methylacetamide (NMA) solutions. Such systems are of interest mainly because high pressure causes protein denaturation and NMA is a computationally effective model to understand the atomic-level picture of pressure-induced structural transitions of protein. Simulations are performed for five different pressure values ranging from 1 atm to 8000 atm. We find that NMA molecules are associated mostly through their hydrophobic methyl groups and high pressure reduces this association propensity, causing dispersion of these moieties. At high pressure, structural void decreases and the packing efficiency of water molecules around NMA molecules increases. Hydrogen bond properties calculations show favorable NMA-NMA hydrogen bonds as compared to those of NMA-water hydrogen bonds and preference of NMA to be a hydrogen bond acceptor rather than a donor in interaction with water.

  11. Solid-State and Solution Structures of Glycinimine-Derived Lithium Enolates.

    PubMed

    Jin, Kyoung Joo; Collum, David B

    2015-11-18

    A combination of crystallographic, spectroscopic, and computational studies was applied to study the structures of lithium enolates derived from glycinimines of benzophenone and (+)-camphor. The solvents examined included toluene and toluene containing various concentrations of tetrahydrofuran, N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA), (R,R)-N,N,N',N'-tetramethylcyclohexanediamine [(R,R)-TMCDA], and (S,S)-N,N,N',N'-tetramethylcyclohexanediamine [(S,S)-TMCDA]. Crystal structures show chelated monomers, symmetric disolvated dimers, S4-symmetric tetramers, and both S6- and D3d-symmetric hexamers. (6)Li NMR spectroscopic studies in conjunction with the method of continuous variations show how these species distribute in solution. Density functional theory computations offer insights into experimentally elusive details. PMID:26554898

  12. The Database of Macromolecular Motions: new features added at the decade mark

    E-print Network

    Gerstein, Mark

    to function using descriptions from the Gene Ontology Consortium. INTRODUCTION The study of macromolecular with a classification scheme (1,2,11). An automatic pipeline for finding and morphing related proteins in the PDB

  13. Macromolecular protic ionic liquid-based proton-conducting membranes for anhydrous proton exchange membrane application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chu, Fuqiang; Lin, Bencai; Yan, Feng; Qiu, Lihua; Lu, Jianmei

    2011-10-01

    A type of anhydrous proton-conducting membranes are prepared via in situ cross-linking of polymerizable oils containing polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer-based macromolecular protic ionic liquids (PILs). The resultant composite membranes are transparent, flexible, and thermally stable up to 350 °C. Under anhydrous conditions, the macromolecular PIL-based membranes show proton conductivity of 1.2 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 160 °C, which is higher than that of the membranes containing small-molecule PILs. Furthermore, the macromolecular PIL-based composite membranes have much better PIL retention ability than which containing small-molecule PILs. These properties make this type of macromolecular PIL-based membranes suitable for high-temperature anhydrous polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

  14. The solution structure of a superpotent B-chain-shortened single-replacement insulin analogue.

    PubMed Central

    Kurapkat, G.; Siedentop, M.; Gattner, H. G.; Hagelstein, M.; Brandenburg, D.; Grötzinger, J.; Wollmer, A.

    1999-01-01

    This paper reports on an insulin analogue with 12.5-fold receptor affinity, the highest increase observed for a single replacement, and on its solution structure, determined by NMR spectroscopy. The analogue is [D-AlaB26]des-(B27-B30)-tetrapeptide-insulin-B26-amide. C-terminal truncation of the B-chain by four (or five) residues is known not to affect the functional properties of insulin, provided the new carboxylate charge is neutralized. As opposed to the dramatic increase in receptor affinity caused by the substitution of D-Ala for the wild-type residue TyrB26 in the truncated molecule, this very substitution reduces it to only 18% of that of the wild-type hormone when the B-chain is present in full length. The insulin molecule in solution is visualized as an ensemble of conformers interrelated by a dynamic equilibrium. The question is whether the "active" conformation of the hormone, sought after in innumerable structure/function studies, is or is not included in the accessible conformational space, so that it could be adopted also in the absence of the receptor. If there were any chance for the active conformation, or at least a predisposed state to be populated to a detectable extent, this chance should be best in the case of a superpotent analogue. This was the motivation for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of [D-AlaB26]des-(B27-B30)-tetrapeptide-insulin-B26-amide. However, neither the NMR data nor CD spectroscopic comparison of a number of related analogues provided a clue concerning structural features predisposing insulin to high receptor affinity. After the present study it seems more likely than before that insulin will adopt its active conformation only when exposed to the force field of the receptor surface. PMID:10091652

  15. Solution structure of copper ion-induced molecular aggregates of tyrosine melanin.

    PubMed

    Gallas, J M; Littrell, K C; Seifert, S; Zajac, G W; Thiyagarajan, P

    1999-08-01

    Melanin, the ubiquitous biological pigment, provides photoprotection by efficient filtration of light and also by its antioxidant behavior. In solutions of synthetic melanin, both optical and antioxidant behavior are affected by the aggregation states of melanin. We have utilized small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering to determine the molecular dimensions of synthetic tyrosine melanin in its unaggregated state in D(2)O and H(2)O to study the structure of melanin aggregates formed in the presence of copper ions at various copper-to-melanin molar ratios. In the absence of copper ions, or at low copper ion concentrations, tyrosine melanin is present in solution as a sheet-like particle with a mean thickness of 12.5 A and a lateral extent of approximately 54 A. At a copper-to-melanin molar ratio of 0.6, melanin aggregates to form long, rod-like structures with a radius of 32 A. At a higher copper ion concentration, with a copper-to-melanin ratio of 1.0, these rod-like structures further aggregate, forming sheet-like structures with a mean thickness of 51 A. A change in the charge of the ionizable groups induced by the addition of copper ions is proposed to account for part of the aggregation. The data also support a model for the copper-induced aggregation of melanin driven by pi stacking assisted by peripheral Cu(2+) complexation. The relationship between our results and a previous hypothesis for reduced cellular damage from bound-to-melanin redox metal ions is also discussed. PMID:10423458

  16. Hydrogen bonding and solution state structure of salicylaldehyde-4-phenylthiosemicarbazone: A combined experimental and theoretical study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Novak, Predrag; Pi?uljan, Katarina; Hrenar, Tomica; Biljan, Tomislav; Mei?, Zlatko

    2009-02-01

    Hydrogen bonding in salicylaldehyde-4-phenylthiosemicarbazone ( 1) has been studied by using experimental (NMR, Raman and UV spectroscopies) and quantum chemical (DFT) methods. It has been demonstrated that 1 adopted the hydroxy-thione tautomeric form in solution as found also in the solid state and previously indicated by secondary deuterium isotope effects. Apart from the intra-molecular hydrogen bonds new interactions between 1 and solvent molecules were formed as well. Changes in NMR chemical shifts and calculations have pointed towards a formation of inter-molecular three-centered hydrogen bonds in each of the studied complexes involving OH and NH groups of 1 and associated solvent molecules. Stabilization energies of intra-molecular hydrogen bonds were found to decrease with the increase of the solvent polarity. Two-dimensional NOESY spectra indicated conformational changes in solution with respect to the structure observed in the solid state. These were accounted for by a relatively low barrier of the rotation of the N sbnd N single bond thus enabling a molecule to posses a higher conformational flexibility in solution with portions of skewed conformations. The results presented here can help in a better understanding of the role hydrogen bonds can play in bioactivity of related thiosemicarbazone derivatives and their metal complexes.

  17. Structural Evidence for Inter-Residue Hydrogen Bonding Observed for Cellobiose in Aqueous Solution

    PubMed Central

    O'Dell, William B.; Baker, David C.; McLain, Sylvia E.

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the disaccharide cellulose subunit cellobiose (4-O-?-D-glucopyranosyl-D-glucose) in solution has been determined via neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution (NDIS), computer modeling and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic studies. This study shows direct evidence for an intramolecular hydrogen bond between the reducing ring HO3 hydroxyl group and the non-reducing ring oxygen (O5?) that has been previously predicted by computation and NMR analysis. Moreover, this work shows that hydrogen bonding to the non-reducing ring O5? oxygen is shared between water and the HO3 hydroxyl group with an average of 50% occupancy by each hydrogen-bond donor. The glycosidic torsion angles ?H and ?H from the neutron diffraction-based model show a fairly tight distribution of angles around approximately 22° and ?40°, respectively, in solution, consistent with the NMR measurements. Similarly, the hydroxymethyl torsional angles for both reducing and non-reducing rings are broadly consistent with the NMR measurements in this study, as well as with those from previous measurements for cellobiose in solution. PMID:23056199

  18. Numerical solutions of Navier-Stokes equations for the structure of a trailing vortex

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jain, A. C.

    1977-01-01

    The structure and decay of a trailing vortex were analyzed during the numerical solutions of the full Navier-Stokes equations. Unsteady forms of the governing equations were recast in terms of circulation, vorticity, and stream function as dependent variables, and a second upwind finite difference scheme was used to integrate them with prescribed initial and boundary conditions. The boundary conditions at the outer edge and at the outflow section of the trailing vortex were considered. Different models of the flow were postulated, and solutions were obtained describing the development of the flow as integration proceeds in time. A parametric study was undertaken with a view to understanding the various phenomena that may possibly occur in the trailing vortex. Using the Hoffman and Joubert law of circulation at the inflow section, the results of this investigation were compared with experimental data for a Convair 990 wind model and a rectangular wing. With an exponentially decaying law of circulation at the inflow section and an adverse pressure gradient at the outer edge of the trailing vortex, solutions depict vortex bursting through the sudden expansion of the core and/or through the stagnation and consequent reversal of the flow on the axis. It was found that this bursting takes place at lower values of the swirl ratio as the Reynolds number increases.

  19. The cytoplasmic cage domain of the mechanosensitive channel MscS is a sensor of macromolecular crowding

    PubMed Central

    Rowe, Ian; Anishkin, Andriy; Kamaraju, Kishore; Yoshimura, Kenjiro

    2014-01-01

    Cells actively regulate the macromolecular excluded volume of the cytoplasm to maintain the reciprocal fraction of free aqueous solution that is optimal for intracellular processes. However, the mechanisms whereby cells sense this critical parameter remain unclear. The mechanosensitive channel of small conductance (MscS channel), which is the major regulator of turgor in bacteria, mediates efflux of small osmolytes in response to increased membrane tension. At moderate sustained tensions produced by a decrease in external osmolarity, MscS undergoes slow adaptive inactivation; however, it inactivates abruptly in the presence of cytoplasmic crowding agents. To understand the mechanism underlying this rapid inactivation, we combined extrapolated and equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations with electrophysiological analyses of MscS mutants to explore possible transitions of MscS and generated models of the resting and inactivated states. Our models suggest that the coupling of the gate formed by TM3 helices to the peripheral TM1–TM2 pairs depends on the axial position of the core TM3 barrel relative to the TM1–TM2 shaft and the state of the associated hollow cytoplasmic domain (“cage”). They also indicate that the tension-driven inactivation transition separates the gate from the peripheral helices and promotes kinks in TM3s at G113 and that this conformation is stabilized by association of the TM3b segment with the ? domain of the cage. We found that mutations destabilizing the TM3b–? interactions preclude inactivation and make the channel insensitive to crowding agents and voltage; mutations that strengthen this association result in a stable closed state and silent inactivation. Steered simulations showed that pressure exerted on the cage bottom in the inactivated state reduces the volume of the cage in the cytoplasm and at the same time increases the footprint of the transmembrane domain in the membrane, implying coupled sensitivity to both membrane tension and crowding pressure. The cage, therefore, provides feedback on the increasing crowding that disengages the gate and prevents excessive draining and condensation of the cytoplasm. We discuss the structural mechanics of cells surrounded by an elastic cell wall where this MscS-specific feedback mechanism may be necessary. PMID:24778428

  20. Investigations of peptide structural stability in vacuo 

    E-print Network

    Kalapothakis, Jason Michael Drosos

    2010-06-28

    Gas-phase analytical techniques provide very valuable tools for tackling the structural complexity of macromolecular structures such as those encountered in biological systems. Conformational dynamics of polypeptides and ...

  1. Direct observation of protein unfolded state compaction in the presence of macromolecular crowding.

    PubMed

    Mikaelsson, Therese; Adén, Jörgen; Johansson, Lennart B-Å; Wittung-Stafshede, Pernilla

    2013-02-01

    Proteins fold and function in cellular environments that are crowded with other macromolecules. As a consequence of excluded volume effects, compact folded states of proteins should be indirectly stabilized due to destabilization of extended unfolded conformations. Here, we assess the role of excluded volume in terms of protein stability, structural dimensions and folding dynamics using a sugar-based crowding agent, dextran 20, and the small ribosomal protein S16 as a model system. To specifically address dimensions, we labeled the protein with BODIPY at two positions and measured Trp-BODIPY distances under different conditions. As expected, we found that dextran 20 (200 mg/ml) stabilized the variants against urea-induced unfolding. At conditions where the protein is unfolded, Förster resonance energy transfer measurements reveal that in the presence of dextran, the unfolded ensemble is more compact and there is residual structure left as probed by far-ultraviolet circular dichroism. In the presence of a crowding agent, folding rates are faster in the two-state regime, and at low denaturant concentrations, a kinetic intermediate is favored. Our study provides direct evidence for protein unfolded-state compaction in the presence of macromolecular crowding along with its energetic and kinetic consequences. PMID:23442920

  2. The ELPA library: scalable parallel eigenvalue solutions for electronic structure theory and computational science.

    PubMed

    Marek, A; Blum, V; Johanni, R; Havu, V; Lang, B; Auckenthaler, T; Heinecke, A; Bungartz, H-J; Lederer, H

    2014-05-28

    Obtaining the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of large matrices is a key problem in electronic structure theory and many other areas of computational science. The computational effort formally scales as O(N(3)) with the size of the investigated problem, N (e.g. the electron count in electronic structure theory), and thus often defines the system size limit that practical calculations cannot overcome. In many cases, more than just a small fraction of the possible eigenvalue/eigenvector pairs is needed, so that iterative solution strategies that focus only on a few eigenvalues become ineffective. Likewise, it is not always desirable or practical to circumvent the eigenvalue solution entirely. We here review some current developments regarding dense eigenvalue solvers and then focus on the Eigenvalue soLvers for Petascale Applications (ELPA) library, which facilitates the efficient algebraic solution of symmetric and Hermitian eigenvalue problems for dense matrices that have real-valued and complex-valued matrix entries, respectively, on parallel computer platforms. ELPA addresses standard as well as generalized eigenvalue problems, relying on the well documented matrix layout of the Scalable Linear Algebra PACKage (ScaLAPACK) library but replacing all actual parallel solution steps with subroutines of its own. For these steps, ELPA significantly outperforms the corresponding ScaLAPACK routines and proprietary libraries that implement the ScaLAPACK interface (e.g. Intel's MKL). The most time-critical step is the reduction of the matrix to tridiagonal form and the corresponding backtransformation of the eigenvectors. ELPA offers both a one-step tridiagonalization (successive Householder transformations) and a two-step transformation that is more efficient especially towards larger matrices and larger numbers of CPU cores. ELPA is based on the MPI standard, with an early hybrid MPI-OpenMPI implementation available as well. Scalability beyond 10,000 CPU cores for problem sizes arising in the field of electronic structure theory is demonstrated for current high-performance computer architectures such as Cray or Intel/Infiniband. For a matrix of dimension 260,000, scalability up to 295,000 CPU cores has been shown on BlueGene/P. PMID:24786764

  3. Agarose gel shift assay reveals that calreticulin favors substrates with a quaternary structure in solution.

    PubMed

    Boelt, Sanne Grundvad; Houen, Gunnar; Højrup, Peter

    2015-07-15

    Here we present an agarose gel shift assay that, in contrast to other electrophoresis approaches, is loaded in the center of the gel. This allows proteins to migrate in either direction according to their isoelectric points. Therefore, the presented assay enables a direct visualization, separation, and prefractionation of protein interactions in solution independent of isoelectric point. We demonstrate that this assay is compatible with immunochemical methods and mass spectrometry. The assay was used to investigate interactions with several potential substrates for calreticulin, a chaperone that is involved in different biological aspects through interaction with other proteins. The current analytical assays used to investigate these interactions are mainly spectroscopic aggregation assays or solid phase assays that do not provide a direct visualization of the stable protein complex but rather provide an indirect measure of interactions. Therefore, no interaction studies between calreticulin and substrates in solution have been investigated previously. The results presented here indicate that calreticulin has a preference for substrates with a quaternary structure and primarily ?-sheets in their secondary structure. It is also demonstrated that the agarose gel shift assay is useful in the study of other protein interactions and can be used as an alternative method to native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. PMID:25908558

  4. Structural and transport properties of Nafion in hydrobromic-acid solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Kusoglu, A; Cho, KT; Prato, RA; Weber, AZ

    2013-12-01

    Proton-exchange membranes are key solid-state ion carriers in many relevant energy technologies including flow batteries, fuel cells, and solar-fuel generators. In many of these systems, the membranes are in contact with electrolyte solutions. In this paper, we focus on the impact of different HBr, a flow-battery and exemplary acid electrolyte, external concentrations on the conductivity of Nafion, a perfluorosulfonic acid membrane that is commonly used in many energy-related applications. The peak and then decrease in conductivity is correlated with measured changes in the water and HBr content within the membrane. In addition, small-angle x-ray scattering is used to probe the nanostructure to correlate how the interactions of the bromide ion with the fixed sulfonic-acid sites impact conductivity and hydrophilic domain distance. It is also shown that membrane pretreatment has a large impact on the underlying structure/function relationship. The obtained data and results are useful for delineation of optimal operating regimes for flow batteries and similar technologies as well as in understanding underlying structure/function relationships of ionomers in electrolyte solutions. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Macromolecular crowding: chemistry and physics meet biology (Ascona, Switzerland, 10-14 June 2012)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Foffi, G.; Pastore, A.; Piazza, F.; Temussi, P. A.

    2013-08-01

    More than 60 years of biochemical and biophysical studies have accustomed us to think of proteins as highly purified entities that act in isolation, more or less freely diffusing until they find their cognate partner to bind to. While in vitro experiments that reproduce these conditions largely remain the only way to investigate the intrinsic properties of molecules, this approach ignores an important factor: in their natural milieu , proteins are surrounded by several other molecules of different chemical nature, and this crowded environment can considerably modify their behaviour. About 40% of the cellular volume on average is occupied by all sorts of molecules. Furthermore, biological macromolecules live and operate in an extremely structured and complex environment within the cell (endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, cytoskeletal structures, etc). Hence, to further complicate the picture, the interior of the cell is by no means a simply crowded medium, rather, a most crowded and confining one. In recent times, several approaches have been developed in the attempt to take into account important factors such as the ones mentioned above, at both theoretical and experimental levels, so that this field of research is now emerging as one of the most thriving in molecular and cell biology (see figure 1). Figure 1. Figure 1. Left: number of articles containing the word 'crowding' as a keyword limited to the biological and chemical science domains (source: ISI Web of Science). The arrow flags the 2003 'EMBO Workshop on Biological Implications of Macromolecular Crowding' (Embo, 2012). Right: number of citations to articles containing the word 'crowding' limited to the same domains (bars) and an exponential regression curve (source: Elsevier Scopus). To promote the importance of molecular crowding and confinement and provide researchers active in this field an interdisciplinary forum for meeting and exchanging ideas, we recently organized an international conference held in Ascona from 10 to 14 June 2012. In the unique scenario of the Maggiore lake and absorbed in the magic atmosphere of the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF) at Monte Verità, we enjoyed three-and-a-half days of intense and inspiring activity, where not only many of the most prominent scientists working on macromolecular crowding, but also experts in closely related fields such as colloids and soft matter presented their work. The meeting was intended and has been organized to bring theoreticians and experimentalists together in the attempt to promote an active dialogue. Moreover, we wanted different disciplines to be represented, notably physics and chemistry, besides biology, as cross-fertilization is proving an increasingly fundamental source of inspiration and advancement. This issue of Physical Biology (PB) features a selection of the oral contributions presented at the conference, expanded in the form of research or review articles. PB, one of the scientific journals of the Institute of Physics (IOP), is one of the most dynamic and lively forums active at the interface between biology on one side, and physics and mathematics on the other. As its mission is stated by IOP, PB 'focuses on research in which physics-based approaches lead to new insights into biological systems at all scales of space and time, and all levels of complexity'. For these reasons, and also in view of its high reputation and broad readership, PB appears to be the ideal place for disseminating the thriving pieces of research presented at the conference. We are extremely grateful to PB and its kind and efficient editorial staff who helped make this issue a great scientific follow-up to the conference. The opening lecture of the conference, the first of four day-opening keynote lectures, was given by Allen P Minton from NIH (USA), possibly the most influential among the pioneers in the field. He provided a lucid and well-thought-out overview of the concept of macromolecular crowding through an exhaustive chronological account of the major milestones. It is clear that the concept of excl

  6. Macromolecular crowding: chemistry and physics meet biology (Ascona, Switzerland, 10-14 June 2012).

    PubMed

    Foffi, G; Pastore, A; Piazza, F; Temussi, P A

    2013-08-01

    More than 60 years of biochemical and biophysical studies have accustomed us to think of proteins as highly purified entities that act in isolation, more or less freely diffusing until they find their cognate partner to bind to. While in vitro experiments that reproduce these conditions largely remain the only way to investigate the intrinsic properties of molecules, this approach ignores an important factor: in their natural milieu , proteins are surrounded by several other molecules of different chemical nature, and this crowded environment can considerably modify their behaviour. About 40% of the cellular volume on average is occupied by all sorts of molecules. Furthermore, biological macromolecules live and operate in an extremely structured and complex environment within the cell (endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, cytoskeletal structures, etc). Hence, to further complicate the picture, the interior of the cell is by no means a simply crowded medium, rather, a most crowded and confining one. In recent times, several approaches have been developed in the attempt to take into account important factors such as the ones mentioned above, at both theoretical and experimental levels, so that this field of research is now emerging as one of the most thriving in molecular and cell biology (see figure 1). [Formula: see text] Figure 1. Left: number of articles containing the word 'crowding' as a keyword limited to the biological and chemical science domains (source: ISI Web of Science). The arrow flags the 2003 'EMBO Workshop on Biological Implications of Macromolecular Crowding' (Embo, 2012). Right: number of citations to articles containing the word 'crowding' limited to the same domains (bars) and an exponential regression curve (source: Elsevier Scopus). To promote the importance of molecular crowding and confinement and provide researchers active in this field an interdisciplinary forum for meeting and exchanging ideas, we recently organized an international conference held in Ascona from 10 to 14 June 2012. In the unique scenario of the Maggiore lake and absorbed in the magic atmosphere of the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF) at Monte Verità, we enjoyed three-and-a-half days of intense and inspiring activity, where not only many of the most prominent scientists working on macromolecular crowding, but also experts in closely related fields such as colloids and soft matter presented their work. The meeting was intended and has been organized to bring theoreticians and experimentalists together in the attempt to promote an active dialogue. Moreover, we wanted different disciplines to be represented, notably physics and chemistry, besides biology, as cross-fertilization is proving an increasingly fundamental source of inspiration and advancement. This issue of Physical Biology (PB) features a selection of the oral contributions presented at the conference, expanded in the form of research or review articles. PB, one of the scientific journals of the Institute of Physics (IOP), is one of the most dynamic and lively forums active at the interface between biology on one side, and physics and mathematics on the other. As its mission is stated by IOP, PB 'focuses on research in which physics-based approaches lead to new insights into biological systems at all scales of space and time, and all levels of complexity'. For these reasons, and also in view of its high reputation and broad readership, PB appears to be the ideal place for disseminating the thriving pieces of research presented at the conference. We are extremely grateful to PB and its kind and efficient editorial staff who helped make this issue a great scientific follow-up to the conference. The opening lecture of the conference, the first of four day-opening keynote lectures, was given by Allen P Minton from NIH (USA), possibly the most influential among the pioneers in the field. He provided a lucid and well-thought-out overview of the concept of macromolecular crowding through an exhaustive chronological account of the major milestones. It is clear that the con

  7. Macromolecular metallurgy of binary mesocrystals via designed multiblock terpolymers.

    PubMed

    Xie, Nan; Liu, Meijiao; Deng, Hanlin; Li, Weihua; Qiu, Feng; Shi, An-Chang

    2014-02-26

    Self-assembling block copolymers provide access to the fabrication of various ordered phases. In particular, the ordered spherical phases can be used to engineer soft mesocrystals with domain size at the 5-100 nm scales. Simple block copolymers, such as diblock copolymers, form a limited number of mesocrystals. However multiblock copolymers are capable to form more complex mesocrystals. We demonstrate that designed B1AB2CB3 multiblock terpolymers, in which the A- and C-blocks form spherical domains and the packing of these spheres can be controlled by changing the lengths of the middle and terminal B-blocks, self-assemble into various binary mesocrystals with space group symmetries of a large number of binary ionic crystals, including NaCl, CsCl, ZnS, ?-BN, AlB2, CaF2, TiO2, ReO3, Li3Bi, Nb3Sn(A15), and ?-Al2O3. This approach can be generalized to other terpolymers as well as to tetrapolymers to obtain ternary mesocrystals. Our study provides a new concept of macromolecular metallurgy for producing crystal phases in a mesoscale and thus makes multiblock copolymers a robust platform for the engineering of functional materials. PMID:24528160

  8. Macromolecular crystallization in microgravity generated by a superconducting magnet.

    PubMed

    Wakayama, N I; Yin, D C; Harata, K; Kiyoshi, T; Fujiwara, M; Tanimoto, Y

    2006-09-01

    About 30% of the protein crystals grown in space yield better X-ray diffraction data than the best crystals grown on the earth. The microgravity environments provided by the application of an upward magnetic force constitute excellent candidates for simulating the microgravity conditions in space. Here, we describe a method to control effective gravity and formation of protein crystals in various levels of effective gravity. Since 2002, the stable and long-time durable microgravity generated by a convenient type of superconducting magnet has been available for protein crystal growth. For the first time, protein crystals, orthorhombic lysozyme, were grown at microgravity on the earth, and it was proved that this microgravity improved the crystal quality effectively and reproducibly. The present method always accompanies a strong magnetic field, and the magnetic field itself seems to improve crystal quality. Microgravity is not always effective for improving crystal quality. When we applied this microgravity to the formation of cubic porcine insulin and tetragonal lysozyme crystals, we observed no dependence of effective gravity on crystal quality. Thus, this kind of test will be useful for selecting promising proteins prior to the space experiments. Finally, the microgravity generated by the magnet is compared with that in space, considering the cost, the quality of microgravity, experimental convenience, etc., and the future use of this microgravity for macromolecular crystal growth is discussed. PMID:17124123

  9. Reciprocal Space Mapping of Macromolecular Crystals in the Laboratory

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Snell, Edward H.; Boggon, T. J.; Fewster, P. F.; Siddons, D. P.; Stojanof, V.; Pusey, M. L.

    1998-01-01

    The technique of reciprocal space mapping applied to the physical measurement of macromolecular crystals will be described. This technique uses a triple axis diffractometer setup whereby the monochromator is the first crystal, the sample is the second and the third crystal (of the same material as the monochromator) analyzes the diffracted beam. The geometry is such that it is possible to separate mosaic volume effects from lattice strain effects. The deconvolution of the instrument parameters will also be addressed. Results from measurements at Brookhaven National Synchrotron Radiation Source carried out on microgravity and ground-grown crystals will be presented. The required beam characteristics for reciprocal space mapping are also ideal for topographic studies and the first topographs ever recorded from microgravity protein crystal samples will be shown. We are now working on a system which will enable reciprocal space mapping, mosaicity and topography studies to be carried out in the home laboratory. This system uses a rotating anode X-ray source to provide an intense beam then a Bartels double crystal, four reflection monochromator to provide the spectral and geometric beam conditioning necessary such that the instrument characteristics do not mask the measurement. This is coupled to a high precision diffractometer and sensitive detector. Commissioning data and first results from the system will be presented.

  10. Analytical solutions for the seismic response of underground structures under SH wave propagation

    SciTech Connect

    Smerzini, C.; Aviles, J.; Sanchez-Sesma, F. J.

    2008-07-08

    A theoretical approach is presented to study the antiplane seismic response of underground structures subjected to the incidence of plane waves. The structure is assumed to be a circular inclusion embedded in a homogenous, isotropic and linear visco-elastic halfspace and its mathematical formulation is approached through the theory of multiple scattering and diffraction. The inclusion may consist either of a cavity, with or without a ring-shaped boundary, or it may be filled in with a linear-elastic material, without loss of generality. The seismic response of the inclusion and its influence on surface ground motions are analyzed in both frequency and time domains. The dependence of the transfer function amplitudes on several parameters, such as the angle of incident SH waves, the frequency content of the excitation, the impedance contrast between the inclusion and the surrounding medium and the position along the ground surface, is underlined. Considering the lack of analytical solutions for quantifying the modification of ground motions induced by subterranean inhomogeneities, the results of this study can be used, on one side, as benchmark for both geophysical investigations and numerical dynamic soil-structure interaction studies, and, on the other side, to support the formulation of simplified approaches and/or formulas for the seismic design and assessment of underground structures.

  11. Crystal and solution structure, stability and post-translational modifications of collapsin response mediator protein 2.

    PubMed

    Majava, Viivi; Löytynoja, Noora; Chen, Wei-Qiang; Lubec, Gert; Kursula, Petri

    2008-09-01

    The collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP-2) is a central molecule regulating axonal growth cone guidance. It interacts with the cytoskeleton and mediates signals related to myelin-induced axonal growth inhibition. CRMP-2 has also been characterized as a constituent of neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease. CD spectroscopy and thermal stability assays using the Thermofluor method indicated that Ca2+ and Mg2+ affect the stability of CRMP-2 and prevent the formation of beta-aggregates upon heating. Gel filtration showed that the presence of Ca2+ or Mg2+ promoted the formation of CRMP-2 homotetramers, and this was further proven by small-angle X-ray scattering experiments, where a 3D solution structure for CRMP-2 was obtained. Previously, we described a crystal structure of human CRMP-2 complexed with calcium. In the present study, we determined the structure of CRMP-2 in the absence of calcium at 1.9 A resolution. When Ca2+ was omitted, crystals could only be grown in the presence of Mg2+ ions. By a proteomic approach, we further identified a number of post-translational modifications in CRMP-2 from rat brain hippocampus and mapped them onto the crystal structure. PMID:18699782

  12. Structural Properties and Aggregation Behavior of 1-Hexyl-3-methylimidazolium Iodide in Aqueous Solutions.

    PubMed

    D'Angelo, Paola; Serva, Alessandra; Aquilanti, Giuliana; Pascarelli, Sakura; Migliorati, Valentina

    2015-11-12

    The structural properties of 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide ([C6mim]I)/water mixtures with molar ratios ranging from 1:1 to 1:200 have been investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experimental data. The presence of a complex network of interactions among cations, anions, and water molecules has been highlighted from the MD simulations, even if water molecules have been found to interact preferentially with the I(-) anion. The EXAFS results show that, also for the 1:1 [C6mim]I/water mixture, the water molecules are placed next to the I(-) anion, and the I(-) hydration shell becomes more and more crowded with increasing water content. Tight ion pairs have been detected in the [C6mim]I/water mixtures with molar ratios from 1:1 to 1:12, while no ionic pairs were found in the most diluted solutions. The aggregation behavior has been determined from MD simulations with the aid of S(q) functions. For the most concentrated IL/water mixtures with molar ratios between 1:1 and 1:12 the existence of long-range structural correlations has been evidenced, even if the apolar chains are not completely segregated as expected for micelle-like structures. Conversely, for the 1:200 mixture, that is above the experimental critical aggregation concentration value, the alkyl chains are completely separated from each other. PMID:26479331

  13. Solution of linear systems of equations with a structural analysis code on the NAS CRAY-2

    SciTech Connect

    Poole, E.L.; Overman, A.L.

    1988-12-01

    Two methods for solving linear systems of equations on the NAS Cray-2 are described. One is a direct method; the other is an iterative method. Both methods exploit the architecture of the Cray-2, particularly the vectorization, and are aimed at structural analysis applications. To demonstrate and evaluate the methods, they were installed in a finite element structural analysis code denoted the Computational Structural Mechanics (CSM) Testbed. A description of the techniques used to integrate the two solvers into the Testbed is given. Storage schemes, memory requirements, operation counts, and reformatting procedures are discussed. Finally, results from the new methods are compared with results from the initial Testbed sparse Choleski equation solver for three structural analysis problems. The new direct solvers described achieve the highest computational rates of the methods compared. The new iterative methods are not able to achieve as high computation rates as the vectorized direct solvers but are best for well conditioned problems which require fewer iterations to converge to the solution.

  14. Solution Structure of Enterocin HF, an Antilisterial Bacteriocin Produced by Enterococcus faecium M3K31.

    PubMed

    Arbulu, Sara; Lohans, Christopher T; van Belkum, Marco J; Cintas, Luis M; Herranz, Carmen; Vederas, John C; Hernández, Pablo E

    2015-12-16

    The solution structure of enterocin HF (EntHF), a class IIa bacteriocin of 43 amino acids produced by Enterococcus faecium M3K31, was evaluated by CD and NMR spectroscopy. Purified EntHF was unstructured in water, but CD analysis supports that EntHF adopts an ?-helical conformation when exposed to increasing concentrations of trifluoroethanol. Furthermore, NMR spectroscopy indicates that this bacteriocin adopts an antiparallel ?-sheet structure in the N-terminal region (residues 1-17), followed by a well-defined central ?-helix (residues 19-30) and a more disordered C-terminal end (residues 31-43). EntHF could be structurally organized into three flexible regions that might act in a coordinated manner. This is in agreement with the absence of long-range nuclear Overhauser effect signals between the ?-sheet domain and the C-terminal end of the bacteriocin. The 3D structure recorded for EntHF fits emerging facts regarding target recognition and mode of action of class IIa bacteriocins. PMID:26585399

  15. AR-NE3A, a New Macromolecular Crystallography Beamline for Pharmaceutical Applications at the Photon Factory

    SciTech Connect

    Yamada, Yusuke; Hiraki, Masahiko; Sasajima, Kumiko; Matsugaki, Naohiro; Igarashi, Noriyuki; Kikuchi, Takashi; Mori, Takeharu; Toyoshima, Akio; Kishimoto, Shunji; Wakatsuki, Soichi; Amano, Yasushi; Warizaya, Masaichi; Sakashita, Hitoshi

    2010-06-23

    Recent advances in high-throughput techniques for macromolecular crystallography have highlighted the importance of structure-based drug design (SBDD), and the demand for synchrotron use by pharmaceutical researchers has increased. Thus, in collaboration with Astellas Pharma Inc., we have constructed a new high-throughput macromolecular crystallography beamline, AR-NE3A, which is dedicated to SBDD. At AR-NE3A, a photon flux up to three times higher than those at existing high-throughput beams at the Photon Factory, AR-NW12A and BL-5A, can be realized at the same sample positions. Installed in the experimental hutch are a high-precision diffractometer, fast-readout, high-gain CCD detector, and sample exchange robot capable of handling more than two hundred cryo-cooled samples stored in a Dewar. To facilitate high-throughput data collection required for pharmaceutical research, fully automated data collection and processing systems have been developed. Thus, sample exchange, centering, data collection, and data processing are automatically carried out based on the user's pre-defined schedule. Although Astellas Pharma Inc. has a priority access to AR-NE3A, the remaining beam time is allocated to general academic and other industrial users.

  16. AR-NE3A, a New Macromolecular Crystallography Beamline for Pharmaceutical Applications at the Photon Factory

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamada, Yusuke; Hiraki, Masahiko; Sasajima, Kumiko; Matsugaki, Naohiro; Igarashi, Noriyuki; Amano, Yasushi; Warizaya, Masaichi; Sakashita, Hitoshi; Kikuchi, Takashi; Mori, Takeharu; Toyoshima, Akio; Kishimoto, Shunji; Wakatsuki, Soichi

    2010-06-01

    Recent advances in high-throughput techniques for macromolecular crystallography have highlighted the importance of structure-based drug design (SBDD), and the demand for synchrotron use by pharmaceutical researchers has increased. Thus, in collaboration with Astellas Pharma Inc., we have constructed a new high-throughput macromolecular crystallography beamline, AR-NE3A, which is dedicated to SBDD. At AR-NE3A, a photon flux up to three times higher than those at existing high-throughput beams at the Photon Factory, AR-NW12A and BL-5A, can be realized at the same sample positions. Installed in the experimental hutch are a high-precision diffractometer, fast-readout, high-gain CCD detector, and sample exchange robot capable of handling more than two hundred cryo-cooled samples stored in a Dewar. To facilitate high-throughput data collection required for pharmaceutical research, fully automated data collection and processing systems have been developed. Thus, sample exchange, centering, data collection, and data processing are automatically carried out based on the user's pre-defined schedule. Although Astellas Pharma Inc. has a priority access to AR-NE3A, the remaining beam time is allocated to general academic and other industrial users.

  17. Secondary structure of complement component C3a anaphylatoxin in solution as determined by NMR spectroscopy: Differences between crystal and solution conformations

    SciTech Connect

    Nettesheim, D.G.; Edalji, R.P.; Mollison, K.W.; Greer, J.; Zuiderweg, E.R.P. )

    1988-07-01

    Two-dimensional {sup 1}H NMR investigations were used to locate elements of regular secondary structure in the human complement protein C3a (the des-Arg{sup 77} derivative) in solution. The results were compared to a refined crystal structure based on the 3.2-{angstrom} resolution structure of des-Arg{sup 77}-C3a. In excellent agreement with the x-ray data, helices occur in the regions of residues 17-28 and 36-43 in solution. In contrast to the x-ray data, where a third long helix was found from residue 47 to residue 73, the solution data show a shorter helix in the region from residue 47 to residue 66, followed by a transition range at positions 67-70, leading into a six-residue carboxyl-terminal peptide in dynamic random coil conformation. At the amino terminus, a well-defined helix is observed in solution for the residues 8-15 region, which, like the carboxyl terminus, gradually changes to dynamic random coil toward the end of the polypeptide chain. This is at variance with the x-ray data as well, in which residues 13-15 are nonhelical and no electron density could be assigned to the first 12 residues due to disorder.

  18. Characterization of Macromolecular Flocculants Produced by Phormidium sp. Strain J-1 and by Anabaenopsis circularis PCC 6720

    PubMed Central

    Bar-Or, Y.; Shilo, M.

    1987-01-01

    Several benthic cyanobacteria were found to produce significant amounts of extracellular flocculants. The macromolecular flocculants produced by Phormidium sp. strain J-1 and Anabaenopsis circularis PCC 6720 were characterized. The Phormidium flocculant is a sulfated heteropolysaccharide to which fatty acids and protein are bound. The polysaccharide backbone is composed of uronic acids, rhamnose, mannose, and galactose. The A. circularis flocculant is also an acidic polysaccharide containing keto acid residues and neutral sugars, but to which no fatty acids, proteins, or sulfates are linked. Both flocculants could be recovered from growth medium by precipitation with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and were found to bind the cationic dye Alcian-blue in a linear proportion to their concentration in solution. The latter property was used to quantify flocculant concentrations in culture supernatants and natural water samples and to compute their anion densities. PMID:16347442

  19. Recent Advances in the Analysis of Macromolecular Interactions Using the Matrix-Free Method of Sedimentation in the Analytical Ultracentrifuge

    PubMed Central

    Harding, Stephen E.; Gillis, Richard B.; Almutairi, Fahad; Erten, Tayyibe; Kök, M. ?amil; Adams, Gary G.

    2015-01-01

    Sedimentation in the analytical ultracentrifuge is a matrix free solution technique with no immobilisation, columns, or membranes required and can be used to study self-association and complex or “hetero”-interactions, stoichiometry, reversibility and interaction strength of a wide variety of macromolecular types and across a very large dynamic range (dissociation constants from 10?12 M to 10?1 M). We extend an earlier review specifically highlighting advances in sedimentation velocity and sedimentation equilibrium in the analytical ultracentrifuge applied to protein interactions and mucoadhesion and to review recent applications in protein self-association (tetanus toxoid, agrin), protein-like carbohydrate association (aminocelluloses), carbohydrate-protein interactions (polysaccharide-gliadin), nucleic-acid protein (G-duplexes), nucleic acid-carbohydrate (DNA-chitosan) and finally carbohydrate-carbohydrate (xanthan-chitosan and a ternary polysaccharide complex) interactions. PMID:25756246

  20. Solution structure and thermal stability of ribosomal protein L30e from hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus celer

    PubMed Central

    Wong, Kam-Bo; Lee, Chi-Fung; Chan, Siu-Hong; Leung, Tak-Yuen; Chen, Yu Wai; Bycroft, Mark

    2003-01-01

    To understand the structural basis of thermostability, we have determined the solution structure of a thermophilic ribosomal protein L30e from Thermococcus celer by NMR spectroscopy. The conformational stability of T. celer L30e was measured by guanidine and thermal-induced denaturation, and compared with that obtained for yeast L30e, a mesophilic homolog. The melting temperature of T. celer L30e was 94°C, whereas the yeast protein denatured irreversibly at temperatures >45°C. The two homologous proteins also differ greatly in their stability at 25°C: the free energy of unfolding was 45 kJ/mole for T. celer L30e and 14 kJ/mole for the yeast homolog. The solution structure of T. celer L30e was compared with that of the yeast homolog. Although the two homologous proteins do not differ significantly in their number of hydrogen bonds and the amount of solvent accessible surface area buried with folding, the thermophilic T. celer L30e was found to have more long-range ion pairs, more proline residues in loops, and better helix capping residues in helix-1 and helix-4. A K9A variant of T. celer L30e was created by site-directed mutagenesis to examine the role of electrostatic interactions on protein stability. Although the melting temperatures of the K9A variant is ?8°C lower than that of the wild-type L30e, their difference in Tm is narrowed to ?4.2°C at 0.5 M NaCl. This salt-dependency of melting temperatures strongly suggests that electrostatic interactions contribute to the thermostability of T. celer L30e. PMID:12824494

  1. Structural and dynamic characterization of eukaryotic gene regulatory protein domains in solution

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, A L

    1996-05-01

    Solution NMR was primarily used to characterize structure and dynamics in two different eukaryotic protein systems: the {delta}-Al-{var_epsilon} activation domain from c-jun and the Drosophila RNA-binding protein Sex-lethal. The second system is the Drosophila Sex-lethal (Sxl) protein, an RNA-binding protein which is the ``master switch`` in sex determination. Sxl contains two adjacent RNA-binding domains (RBDs) of the RNP consensus-type. The NMR spectrum of the second RBD (Sxl-RBD2) was assigned using multidimensional heteronuclear NMR, and an intermediate-resolution family of structures was calculated from primarily NOE distance restraints. The overall fold was determined to be similar to other RBDs: a {beta}{alpha}{beta}-{beta}{alpha}{beta} pattern of secondary structure, with the two helices packed against a 4-stranded anti-parallel {beta}-sheet. In addition {sup 15}N T{sub 1}, T{sub 2}, and {sup 15}N/{sup 1}H NOE relaxation measurements were carried out to characterize the backbone dynamics of Sxl-RBD2 in solution. RNA corresponding to the polypyrimidine tract of transformer pre-mRNA was generated and titrated into 3 different Sxl-RBD protein constructs. Combining Sxl-RBD1+2 (bht RBDs) with this RNA formed a specific, high affinity protein/RNA complex that is amenable to further NMR characterization. The backbone {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C, and {sup 15}N resonances of Sxl-RBD1+2 were assigned using a triple-resonance approach, and {sup 15}N relaxation experiments were carried out to characterize the backbone dynamics of this complex. The changes in chemical shift in Sxl-RBD1+2 upon binding RNA are observed using Sxl-RBD2 as a substitute for unbound Sxl-RBD1+2. This allowed the binding interface to be qualitatively mapped for the second domain.

  2. Solution structure of telomere binding domain of AtTRB2 derived from Arabidopsis thaliana

    SciTech Connect

    Yun, Ji-Hye; Lee, Won Kyung; Kim, Heeyoun; Kim, Eunhee; Cheong, Chaejoon; Cho, Myeon Haeng; Lee, Weontae

    2014-09-26

    Highlights: • We have determined solution structure of Myb domain of AtTRB2. • The Myb domain of AtTRB2 is located in the N-terminal region. • The Myb domain of AtTRB2 binds to plant telomeric DNA without fourth helix. • Helix 2 and 3 of the Myb domain of AtTRB2 are involved in DNA recognition. • AtTRB2 is a novel protein distinguished from other known plant TBP. - Abstract: Telomere homeostasis is regulated by telomere-associated proteins, and the Myb domain is well conserved for telomere binding. AtTRB2 is a member of the SMH (Single-Myb-Histone)-like family in Arabidopsis thaliana, having an N-terminal Myb domain, which is responsible for DNA binding. The Myb domain of AtTRB2 contains three ?-helices and loops for DNA binding, which is unusual given that other plant telomere-binding proteins have an additional fourth helix that is essential for DNA binding. To understand the structural role for telomeric DNA binding of AtTRB2, we determined the solution structure of the Myb domain of AtTRB2 (AtTRB2{sub 1–64}) using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. In addition, the inter-molecular interaction between AtTRB2{sub 1–64} and telomeric DNA has been characterized by the electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) and NMR titration analyses for both plant (TTTAGGG)n and human (TTAGGG)n telomere sequences. Data revealed that Trp28, Arg29, and Val47 residues located in Helix 2 and Helix 3 are crucial for DNA binding, which are well conserved among other plant telomere binding proteins. We concluded that although AtTRB2 is devoid of the additional fourth helix in the Myb-extension domain, it is able to bind to plant telomeric repeat sequences as well as human telomeric repeat sequences.

  3. The Solution Structure of Heparan Sulfate Differs from That of Heparin

    PubMed Central

    Khan, Sanaullah; Fung, Ka Wai; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Patel, Rima; Gor, Jayesh; Mulloy, Barbara; Perkins, Stephen J.

    2013-01-01

    The highly sulfated polysaccharides heparin and heparan sulfate (HS) play key roles in the regulation of physiological and pathophysiological processes. Despite its importance, no molecular structures of free HS have been reported up to now. By combining analytical ultracentrifugation, small angle x-ray scattering, and constrained scattering modeling recently used for heparin, we have analyzed the solution structures for eight purified HS fragments dp6–dp24 corresponding to the predominantly unsulfated GlcA-GlcNAc domains of heparan sulfate. Unlike heparin, the sedimentation coefficient s20,w of HS dp6–dp24 showed a small rotor speed dependence, where similar s20,w values of 0.82–1.26 S (absorbance optics) and 1.05–1.34 S (interference optics) were determined. The corresponding x-ray scattering measurements of HS dp6–dp24 gave radii of gyration RG values from 1.03 to 2.82 nm, cross-sectional radii of gyration RXS values from 0.31 to 0.65 nm, and maximum lengths L from 3.0 to 10.0 nm. These data showed that HS has a longer and more bent structure than heparin. Constrained scattering modeling starting from 5,000 to 12,000 conformationally randomized HS structures gave best fit dp6–dp24 molecular structures that were longer and more bent than their equivalents in heparin. Alternative fits were obtained for HS dp18 and dp24, indicating their higher bending and flexibility. We conclude that HS displays bent conformations that are significantly distinct from that for heparin. The difference is attributed to the different predominant monosaccharide sequence and reduced sulfation of HS, indicating that HS may interact differently with proteins compared with heparin. PMID:23921391

  4. The Solution Structure of Heparan Sulfate Differs from That of Heparin

    PubMed Central

    Khan, Sanaullah; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Patel, Rima; Gor, Jayesh; Mulloy, Barbara; Perkins, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    The highly sulfated polysaccharides heparin and heparan sulfate (HS) play key roles in the regulation of physiological and pathophysiological processes. Despite its importance, no molecular structures of free HS have been reported up to now. By combining analytical ultracentrifugation, small angle x-ray scattering, and constrained scattering modeling recently used for heparin, we have analyzed the solution structures for eight purified HS fragments degree of polymerization 6–18 (dp6–dp18) and dp24, corresponding to the predominantly unsulfated GlcA-GlcNAc domains of heparan sulfate. Unlike heparin, the sedimentation coefficient s20,w of HS dp6–dp24 showed a small rotor speed dependence, where similar s20,w values of 0.82–1.26 S (absorbance optics) and 1.05–1.34 S (interference optics) were determined. The corresponding x-ray scattering measurements of HS dp6–dp24 gave radius of gyration (RG) values from 1.03 to 2.82 nm, cross-sectional radius of gyration (RXS) values from 0.31 to 0.65 nm, and maximum lengths (L) from 3.0 to 10.0 nm. These data showed that HS has a longer and more bent structure than heparin. Constrained scattering modeling starting from 5000–8000 conformationally randomized HS structures gave best fit dp6–dp16 molecular structures that were longer and more bent than their equivalents in heparin. No fits were obtained for HS dp18 or dp24, indicating their higher flexibility. We conclude that HS displays an extended bent conformation that is significantly distinct from that for heparin. The difference is attributed to the different predominant monosaccharide sequence and reduced sulfation of HS, indicating that HS may interact differently with proteins compared with heparin. PMID:21576246

  5. Insight into the structure of light-harvesting complex II and its stabilization in detergent solution.

    PubMed

    Cardoso, Mateus B; Smolensky, Dmitriy; Heller, William T; O'Neill, Hugh

    2009-12-24

    The structure of spinach light-harvesting complex II (LHC II), stabilized in a solution of the detergent n-octyl-beta-D-glucoside (BOG), was investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Physicochemical characterization of the isolated complex indicated that it was pure (>95%) and also in its native trimeric state. SANS with contrast variation was used to investigate the properties of the protein-detergent complex at three different H(2)O/D(2)O contrast match points, enabling the scattering properties of the protein and detergent to be investigated independently. The topological shape of LHC II, determined using ab initio shape restoration methods from the SANS data at the contrast match point of BOG, was consistent with the X-ray crystallographic structure of LHC II (Liu et al. Nature 2004 428, 287-292). The interactions of the protein and detergent were investigated at the contrast match point for the protein and also in 100% D(2)O. The data suggested that BOG micelle structure was altered by its interaction with LHC II, but large aggregate structures were not formed. Indirect Fourier transform analysis of the LHC II/BOG scattering curves showed that the increase in the maximum dimension of the protein-detergent complex was consistent with the presence of a monolayer of detergent surrounding the protein. A model of the LHC II/BOG complex was generated to interpret the measurements made in 100% D(2)O. This model adequately reproduced the overall size of the LHC II/BOG complex, but demonstrated that the detergent does not have a highly regular shape that surrounds the hydrophobic periphery of LHC II. In addition to demonstrating that natively structured LHC II can be produced for functional characterization and for use in artificial solar energy applications, the analysis and modeling approaches described here can be used for characterizing detergent-associated alpha-helical transmembrane proteins. PMID:19954150

  6. Protein structural dynamics in solution unveiled via 100-ps time-resolved x-ray scattering

    PubMed Central

    Anfinrud, Philip

    2010-01-01

    We have developed a time-resolved x-ray scattering diffractometer capable of probing structural dynamics of proteins in solution with 100-ps time resolution. This diffractometer, developed on the ID14B BioCARS (Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources) beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, records x-ray scattering snapshots over a broad range of q spanning 0.02–2.5 ?-1, thereby providing simultaneous coverage of the small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) regions. To demonstrate its capabilities, we have tracked structural changes in myoglobin as it undergoes a photolysis-induced transition from its carbon monoxy form (MbCO) to its deoxy form (Mb). Though the differences between the MbCO and Mb crystal structures are small (rmsd < 0.2 ?), time-resolved x-ray scattering differences recorded over 8 decades of time from 100 ps to 10 ms are rich in structure, illustrating the sensitivity of this technique. A strong, negative-going feature in the SAXS region appears promptly and corresponds to a sudden > 22 ?3 volume expansion of the protein. The ensuing conformational relaxation causes the protein to contract to a volume ?2 ?3 larger than MbCO within ?10 ns. On the timescale for CO escape from the primary docking site, another change in the SAXS/WAXS fingerprint appears, demonstrating sensitivity to the location of the dissociated CO. Global analysis of the SAXS/WAXS patterns recovered time-independent scattering fingerprints for four intermediate states of Mb. These SAXS/WAXS fingerprints provide stringent constraints for putative models of conformational states and structural transitions between them. PMID:20406909

  7. Protein structural dynamics in solution unveiled via 100-ps time-resolved x-ray scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Cho, Hyun Sun; Dashdorj, Naranbaatar; Schotte, Friedrich; Graber, Timothy; Henning, Robert; Anfinruda, Philip

    2010-04-21

    We have developed a time-resolved x-ray scattering diffractometer capable of probing structural dynamics of proteins in solution with 100-ps time resolution. This diffractometer, developed on the ID14B BioCARS (Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources) beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, records x-ray scattering snapshots over a broad range of q spanning 0.02-2.5 {angstrom}{sup -1}, thereby providing simultaneous coverage of the small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) regions. To demonstrate its capabilities, we have tracked structural changes in myoglobin as it undergoes a photolysis-induced transition from its carbon monoxy form (MbCO) to its deoxy form (Mb). Though the differences between the MbCO and Mb crystal structures are small (rmsd < 0.2 {angstrom}), time-resolved x-ray scattering differences recorded over 8 decades of time from 100 ps to 10 ms are rich in structure, illustrating the sensitivity of this technique. A strong, negative-going feature in the SAXS region appears promptly and corresponds to a sudden > 22 {angstrom}{sup 3} volume expansion of the protein. The ensuing conformational relaxation causes the protein to contract to a volume {approx}2 {angstrom}{sup 3} larger than MbCO within {approx}10 ns. On the timescale for CO escape from the primary docking site, another change in the SAXS/WAXS fingerprint appears, demonstrating sensitivity to the location of the dissociated CO. Global analysis of the SAXS/WAXS patterns recovered time-independent scattering fingerprints for four intermediate states of Mb. These SAXS/WAXS fingerprints provide stringent constraints for putative models of conformational states and structural transitions between them.

  8. Insight into the Structure of Light Harvesting Complex II and its Stabilization in Detergent Solution

    SciTech Connect

    Cardoso, Mateus B; Smolensky, Dmitriy; Heller, William T; O'Neill, Hugh Michael

    2009-01-01

    The structure of spinach light-harvesting complex II (LHC II), stabilized in a solution of the detergent n-octyl-{beta}-d-glucoside (BOG), was investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Physicochemical characterization of the isolated complex indicated that it was pure (>95%) and also in its native trimeric state. SANS with contrast variation was used to investigate the properties of the protein-detergent complex at three different H{sub 2}O/D{sub 2}O contrast match points, enabling the scattering properties of the protein and detergent to be investigated independently. The topological shape of LHC II, determined using ab initio shape restoration methods from the SANS data at the contrast match point of BOG, was consistent with the X-ray crystallographic structure of LHC II (Liu et al. Nature 2004 428, 287-292). The interactions of the protein and detergent were investigated at the contrast match point for the protein and also in 100% D{sub 2}O. The data suggested that BOG micelle structure was altered by its interaction with LHC II, but large aggregate structures were not formed. Indirect Fourier transform analysis of the LHC II/BOG scattering curves showed that the increase in the maximum dimension of the protein-detergent complex was consistent with the presence of a monolayer of detergent surrounding the protein. A model of the LHC II/BOG complex was generated to interpret the measurements made in 100% D{sub 2}O. This model adequately reproduced the overall size of the LHC II/BOG complex, but demonstrated that the detergent does not have a highly regular shape that surrounds the hydrophobic periphery of LHC II. In addition to demonstrating that natively structured LHC II can be produced for functional characterization and for use in artificial solar energy applications, the analysis and modeling approaches described here can be used for characterizing detergent-associated {alpha}-helical transmembrane proteins.

  9. Structure and dynamics of hyaluronic acid semidilute solutions: A dielectric spectroscopy study T. Vuleti,* S. Dolanski Babi,

    E-print Network

    Podgornik, Rudolf

    Structure and dynamics of hyaluronic acid semidilute solutions: A dielectric spectroscopy study T to investigate fundamental length scales describing the structure of hyalu- ronic acid sodium salt Na relaxation are due to much weaker electrostatic interactions that lead to the absence of Manning condensation

  10. Combining structure and dynamics: non-denaturing high-pressure effect on lysozyme in solution

    PubMed Central

    Ortore, Maria Grazia; Spinozzi, Francesco; Mariani, Paolo; Paciaroni, Alessandro; Barbosa, Leandro R. S.; Amenitsch, Heinz; Steinhart, Milos; Ollivier, Jacques; Russo, Daniela

    2009-01-01

    Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and elastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques were used to investigate the high-pressure-induced changes on interactions, the low-resolution structure and the dynamics of lysozyme in solution. SAXS data, analysed using a global-fit procedure based on a new approach for hydrated protein form factor description, indicate that lysozyme completely maintains its globular structure up to 1500 bar, but significant modifications in the protein–protein interaction potential occur at approximately 600–1000 bar. Moreover, the mass density of the protein hydration water shows a clear discontinuity within this pressure range. Neutron scattering experiments indicate that the global and the local lysozyme dynamics change at a similar threshold pressure. A clear evolution of the internal protein dynamics from diffusing to more localized motions has also been probed. Protein structure and dynamics results have then been discussed in the context of protein–water interface and hydration water dynamics. According to SAXS results, the new configuration of water in the first hydration layer induced by pressure is suggested to be at the origin of the observed local mobility changes. PMID:19570795

  11. Solution structure of the Big domain from Streptococcus pneumoniae reveals a novel Ca2+-binding module.

    PubMed

    Wang, Tao; Zhang, Jiahai; Zhang, Xuecheng; Xu, Chao; Tu, Xiaoming

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a pathogen causing acute respiratory infection, otitis media and some other severe diseases in human. In this study, the solution structure of a bacterial immunoglobulin-like (Big) domain from a putative S. pneumoniae surface protein SP0498 was determined by NMR spectroscopy. SP0498 Big domain adopts an eight-?-strand barrel-like fold, which is different in some aspects from the two-sheet sandwich-like fold of the canonical Ig-like domains. Intriguingly, we identified that the SP0498 Big domain was a Ca(2+) binding domain. The structure of the Big domain is different from those of the well known Ca(2+) binding domains, therefore revealing a novel Ca(2+)-binding module. Furthermore, we identified the critical residues responsible for the binding to Ca(2+). We are the first to report the interactions between the Big domain and Ca(2+) in terms of structure, suggesting an important role of the Big domain in many essential calcium-dependent cellular processes such as pathogenesis. PMID:23326635

  12. Solution structure of chi-conopeptide MrIA, a modulator of the human norepinephrine transporter.

    PubMed

    Nilsson, K Peter R; Lovelace, Erica S; Caesar, Christina E; Tynngård, Nahreen; Alewood, Paul F; Johansson, Helena M; Sharpe, Iain A; Lewis, Richard J; Daly, Norelle L; Craik, David J

    2005-01-01

    The chi-conopeptides MrIA and MrIB are 13-residue peptides with two disulfide bonds that inhibit human and rat norepinephrine transporter systems and are of significant interest for the design of novel drugs involved in pain treatment. In the current study we have determined the solution structure of MrIA using NMR spectroscopy. The major element of secondary structure is a beta-hairpin with the two strands connected by an inverse gamma-turn. The residues primarily involved in activity have previously been shown to be located in the turn region (Sharpe, I. A.; Palant, E.; Schroder, C. I.; Kaye, D. M.; Adams, D. J.; Alewood, P. F.; Lewis, R. J. J Biol Chem 2003, 278, 40317-40323), which appears to be more flexible than the beta-strands based on disorder in the ensemble of calculated structures. Analogues of MrIA with N-terminal truncations indicate that the N-terminal residues play a role in defining a stable conformation and the native disulfide connectivity. In particular, noncovalent interactions between Val3 and Hyp12 are likely to be involved in maintaining a stable conformation. The N-terminus also affects activity, as a single N-terminal deletion introduced additional pharmacology at rat vas deferens, while deleting the first two amino acids reduced chi-conopeptide potency. PMID:15931669

  13. The solution structure of the pentatricopeptide repeat protein PPR10 upon binding atpH RNA.

    PubMed

    Gully, Benjamin S; Cowieson, Nathan; Stanley, Will A; Shearston, Kate; Small, Ian D; Barkan, Alice; Bond, Charles S

    2015-02-18

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein family is a large family of RNA-binding proteins that is characterized by tandem arrays of a degenerate 35-amino-acid motif which form an ?-solenoid structure. PPR proteins influence the editing, splicing, translation and stability of specific RNAs in mitochondria and chloroplasts ZEA MAYS: PPR10 is amongst the best studied PPR proteins, where sequence-specific binding to two RNA transcripts, ATPH: and PSAJ, HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO FOLLOW: a recognition code where the identity of two amino acids per repeat determines the base-specificity. A recently solved ZmPPR10: PSAJ: complex crystal structure suggested a homodimeric complex with considerably fewer sequence-specific protein-RNA contacts than inferred PREVIOUSLY: Here we describe the solution structure of the ZmPPR10: ATPH: complex using size-exclusion chromatography-coupled synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SEC-SY-SAXS). Our results support prior evidence that PPR10 binds RNA as a monomer, and that it does so in a manner that is commensurate with a canonical and predictable RNA-binding mode across much of the RNA-protein interface. PMID:25609698

  14. The solution structure of the pentatricopeptide repeat protein PPR10 upon binding atpH RNA

    PubMed Central

    Gully, Benjamin S.; Cowieson, Nathan; Stanley, Will A.; Shearston, Kate; Small, Ian D.; Barkan, Alice; Bond, Charles S.

    2015-01-01

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein family is a large family of RNA-binding proteins that is characterized by tandem arrays of a degenerate 35-amino-acid motif which form an ?-solenoid structure. PPR proteins influence the editing, splicing, translation and stability of specific RNAs in mitochondria and chloroplasts. Zea mays PPR10 is amongst the best studied PPR proteins, where sequence-specific binding to two RNA transcripts, atpH and psaJ, has been demonstrated to follow a recognition code where the identity of two amino acids per repeat determines the base-specificity. A recently solved ZmPPR10:psaJ complex crystal structure suggested a homodimeric complex with considerably fewer sequence-specific protein–RNA contacts than inferred previously. Here we describe the solution structure of the ZmPPR10:atpH complex using size-exclusion chromatography-coupled synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SEC-SY-SAXS). Our results support prior evidence that PPR10 binds RNA as a monomer, and that it does so in a manner that is commensurate with a canonical and predictable RNA-binding mode across much of the RNA–protein interface. PMID:25609698

  15. Formation of intermolecular crosslinks by the actinocin derivatives with DNA in interaction under conditions of semidilute solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Osinnikova, D. N.; Moroshkina, E. B.

    2014-12-01

    Interaction of native calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) with the actinocin derivatives containing protonated diethylamino groups, dimethylamino groups and unsubstituted amino groups and having different length of the alkyl chain have been studied by the method of viscometry. An anomalous hydrodynamic behavior of solutions of DNA with very low amount of ligands prepared under conditions of semidilute solution was revealed. We assumed that such an anomalous behavior of solutions of DNA complexes with actinocin derivatives associated with the formation of intermolecular crosslinks while the preparation of the complex was in terms of overlapping of macromolecular coils in solution. Comparative study of the hydrodynamic behavior of the DNA complexes with various actinocin structures lead us to the conclusion of the formation of crosslinks by the compounds containing protonated diethylamino groups.

  16. Structure of the sporulation histidine kinase inhibitor Sda from Bacillus subtilis and insights into its solution state

    SciTech Connect

    Jacques, David A.; Streamer, Margaret; Rowland, Susan L.; King, Glenn F.; Guss, J. Mitchell; Trewhella, J.; Langley, David B.

    2009-09-02

    The crystal structure of the DNA-damage checkpoint inhibitor of sporulation, Sda, from Bacillus subtilis, has been solved by the MAD technique using selenomethionine-substituted protein. The structure closely resembles that previously solved by NMR, as well as the structure of a homologue from Geobacillus stearothermophilus solved in complex with the histidine kinase KinB. The structure contains three molecules in the asymmetric unit. The unusual trimeric arrangement, which lacks simple internal symmetry, appears to be preserved in solution based on an essentially ideal fit to previously acquired scattering data for Sda in solution. This interpretation contradicts previous findings that Sda was monomeric or dimeric in solution. This study demonstrates the difficulties that can be associated with the characterization of small proteins and the value of combining multiple biophysical techniques. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding the physical principles behind these techniques and therefore their limitations.

  17. Magnetic Control of Macromolecular Conformations in Supramolecular Anionic Polysaccharide-Iron Complexes.

    PubMed

    Schefer, Larissa; Bulant, Ariane; Zeder, Christophe; Saha, Abhijit; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-11-01

    The anionic iota carrageenan polysaccharide is enriched with Fe(II) and Fe(III) by ion exchange against FeSO4 and FeCl3 . With divalent iron, portions of polymer chains undergo a secondary structure transition from random coils to single helices. The single-chain macromolecular conformations can be manipulated by an external magnetic field: upon exposure to 1.1?T, the helical portions exhibit 1.5-fold stiffening and 1.1-fold stretching, whereas the coil conformations respond much less as a result of lower contents of condensed iron ions. Along with the coil-helix transition, the trivalent iron triggers the formation of superstructures. The applicability of iron-enriched iota carrageenan as functional ingredient for food fortification is tested by free Fe(2+) and Fe(3+) contents, respectively, with the most promising iota-Fe(III) yielding 53?% of bound iron, which is due to the superstructures, where the ferric ions are chelated by the supramolecularly self-assembled polymer host. PMID:26381916

  18. Fluid Physics and Macromolecular Crystal Growth in Microgravity

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pusey, M.; Snell, E.; Judge, R.; Chayen, N.; Boggon, T.

    2000-01-01

    The molecular structure of biological macromolecules is important in understanding how these molecules work and has direct application to rational drug design for new medicines and for the improvement and development of industrial enzymes. In order to obtain the molecular structure, large, well formed, single macromolecule crystals are required. The growth of macromolecule crystals is a difficult task and is often hampered on the ground by fluid flows that result from the interaction of gravity with the crystal growth process. One such effect is the bulk movement of the crystal through the fluid due to sedimentation. A second is buoyancy driven convection close to the crystal surface. On the ground the crystallization process itself induces both of these flows. Buoyancy driven convection results from density differences between the bulk solution and fluid close to the crystal surface which has been depleted of macromolecules due to crystal growth. Schlieren photograph of a growing lysozyme crystal illustrating a 'growth plume' resulting from buoyancy driven convection. Both sedimentation and buoyancy driven convection have a negative effect on crystal growth and microgravity is seen as a way to both greatly reduce sedimentation and provide greater stability for 'depletion zones' around growing crystals. Some current crystal growth hardware however such as those based on a vapor diffusion techniques, may also be introducing unwanted Marangoni convection which becomes more pronounced in microgravity. Negative effects of g-jitter on crystal growth have also been observed. To study the magnitude of fluid flows around growing crystals we have attached a number of different fluorescent probes to lysozyme molecules. At low concentrations, less than 40% of the total protein, the probes do not appear to effect the crystal growth process. By using these probes we expect to determine not only the effect of induced flows due to crystal growth hardware design but also hope to optimize crystallization hardware so that destructive flows are minimized both on the ground and in microgravity.

  19. Chlorotoxin-modified macromolecular contrast agent for MRI tumor diagnosis.

    PubMed

    Huang, Rongqin; Han, Liang; Li, Jianfeng; Liu, Shuhuan; Shao, Kun; Kuang, Yuyang; Hu, Xing; Wang, Xuxia; Lei, Hao; Jiang, Chen

    2011-08-01

    Clinical diagnosis of cancers using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is highly dependent on contrast agents, especially for brain tumors which contain blood-brain barrier (BBB) at the early stage. However, currently mostly used low molecular weight contrast agents such as Gd-DTPA suffer from rapid renal clearance, non-specificity, and low contrast efficiency. The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential of a macromolecular MRI contrast agent based on dendrigraft poly-l-lysines (DGLs), using chlorotoxin (CTX) as a tumor-specific ligand. The contrast agent using CTX-modified conjugate as the main scaffold and Gd-DTPA as the payload was successfully synthesized. The results of fluorescent microscopy showed that the modification of CTX could markedly enhance the cellular uptake in C6 glioma and liver tumor cell lines, but not in normal cell line. Significantly increased accumulation of CTX-modified conjugate within glioma and liver tumor was further demonstrated in tumor-bearing nude mice using in vivo imaging system. The MRI results showed that the signal enhancement of mice treated with CTX-modified contrast reached peak level at 5 min for both glioma and liver tumor, 144.97% ± 19.54% and 158.69% ± 12.41%, respectively, significantly higher than that of unmodified counterpart and commercial control. And most importantly, the signal enhancement of CTX-modified contrast agent maintained much longer compared to that of controls, which might be useful for more exact diagnosis for tumors. CTX-modified dendrimer-based conjugate might be applied as an efficient MRI contrast agent for targeted and accurate tumor diagnosis. This finding is especially important for tumors such as brain glioma which is known hard to be diagnosed due to the presence of BBB. PMID:21531455

  20. Macromolecular assemblies regulate nonvesicular phosphatidylserine traffic in yeast.

    PubMed

    Choi, J-Y; Riekhof, W R; Wu, W-I; Voelker, D R

    2006-06-01

    PtdSer (phosphatidylserine) is synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum and the related MAM (mitochondria-associated membrane), and transported to the PtdSer decarboxylases, Pds1p in the mitochondria, and Psd2p in the Golgi. Genetic and biochemical analyses of PtdSer transport are now revealing the role of specific protein and lipid assemblies on different organelles that regulate non-vesicular PtdSer transport. The transport of PtdSer from MAM to mitochondria is regulated by at least three genes: MET30 (encoding a ubiquitin ligase), MET4 (encoding a transcription factor), and one or more unknown genes whose transcription is regulated by MET4. MET30-dependent ubiquitination is required for the MAM to function as a competent donor membrane and for the mitochondria to function as a competent acceptor membrane. Non-vesicular transport of PtdSer to the locus of Psd2p is under the control of at least three genes, STT4 [encoding Stt4p (phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase)], PSTB2 (encoding the lipid-binding protein PstB2p) and PSD2 (encoding Psd2p). Stt4p is proposed to produce a pool of PtdIns4P that is necessary for lipid transport. PstB2p and Psd2p must be present on the acceptor membrane for PtdSer transport to occur. Psd2p contains a C2 (Ca(2+) and phospholipid binding sequence) domain that is required for lipid transport. Reconstitution studies with chemically defined donor membranes demonstrate that membrane domains rich in the anionic lipids, PtdSer, PtdIns4P and phosphatidic acid function as the most efficient donors of PtdSer to Psd2p. The emerging view is that macromolecular complexes dependent on protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions form between donor and acceptor membranes and serve to dock the compartments and facilitate phospholipid transport. PMID:16709173

  1. Nucleic acid and protein structures and interactions in viruses investigated by laser Raman spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, George J.

    1986-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy may be profitably exploited to determine details of protein and nucleic acid structures and their mutual interactions in viruses and gene regulatory complexes. Present applications use data obtained from model nucleic acid crystals, fibers and solutions to reveal preferred backbone and nucleoside conformations for different morphological states of DNA and RNA in plant (TMV, BDMV) and bacterial viruses (P22, Pfl, Xf, Pf3, fd, Ifl, IKe). Interpretation of the results is enhanced by deconvolution methods which, in favorable cases, permit quantitative conclusions regarding macromolecular structures. Both equilibrium and dynamic Raman applications are described.

  2. Solution structure of a membrane-anchored ubiquitin-fold (MUB) protein from Homo sapiens.

    PubMed

    de la Cruz, Norberto B; Peterson, Francis C; Lytle, Betsy L; Volkman, Brian F

    2007-07-01

    The protein Bc059385, whose solution structure is reported here, is the human representative of a recently identified family of membrane-anchored ubiquitin-fold (MUB) proteins. Analysis of their similarity to ubiquitin indicates that homologous amino acid residues in MUBs form a hydrophobic surface very similar to the recognition patch surrounding Ile-44 in ubiquitin. This suggests that MUBs may interact with proteins containing an alpha-helical motif similar to those of some ubiquitin binding domains. A disordered loop common to MUBs may also provide a second protein interaction site. From the available data, it is probable that this protein is prenylated and associated with the membrane. With <20% identity to ubiquitin, the MUB family further expands the sequence space that maps to the beta-grasp fold, and adds membrane localization to its list of functional roles. PMID:17567738

  3. Exact solution for a diffusive process on a backbone structure: Green function approach and external force

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lenzi, E. K.; da Silva, L. R.; Tateishi, A. A.; Lenzi, M. K.; Ribeiro, H. V.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of an external force on a diffusive process subjected to a backbone structure are investigated. This analysis is performed by considering the system governed by the Fokker-Planck equation {?ial _t}? = {D_y}?ial _y^2? + {D_x}? (y)?ial _x^2? - nabla \\cdot ({?c F_? }) with ?c F = v_x + ? (y)v^prime_x,v_y. The equation is subjected to the boundary conditions ?(±?, y; t) = 0 and ?(x, ±? t) = 0 with ? (x,y;0) = hat ? (x,y), where hat ? (x,y) is normalized. Applying the Green function approach, we obtain exact solutions and analyze the relaxation process through the mean square displacement evaluated for the x and y directions. Our results show an anomalous spreading of the system characterized by one or several diffusive regimes connected to anomalous diffusion and stationary states.

  4. Probing the Electronic Structure of the Hemoglobin Active Center in Physiological Solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aziz, Emad F.; Ottosson, Niklas; Bonhommeau, Sébastien; Bergmann, Nora; Eberhardt, Wolfgang; Chergui, Majed

    2009-02-01

    Soft-x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the L2,3 edge of the iron center in bovine hemoglobin and hemin under physiological conditions is reported for the first time. Spectra of the same compounds in solid form are presented for comparison. Striking differences in the electronic structure of the metalloporphyrin are observed between the liquid and solid compounds. We unambiguously show that hemoglobin and hemin are in a high-spin ferric state in solution, and that the 2p spin-orbit coupling decreases for hemin compared to the hemoglobin, while this is not the case in solids. The spectra were simulated using ligand field multiplet theory, in good agreement with the experiment, allowing quantification of the amount of charge transfer between the porphyrin and Fe3+ ion in hemoglobin and in hemin.

  5. Structures and solution conformational dynamics of stylissamides G and H from the Bahamian sponge Stylissa caribica.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xiao; Morinaka, Brandon I; Molinski, Tadeusz F

    2014-03-28

    Two new peptides, stylissamides G and H, were isolated from extracts of a sample of Stylissa caribica collected in deep waters of the Caribbean Sea. A single sample of S. caribica among a collection of 10 samples that were examined by LC-MS appeared to be a different chemotype from the others in that it lacked the familiar pyrrole-2-aminoimidazole alkaloids, stevensine and oroidin, and contained peptides of the stylissamide class. The structures of the title compounds were solved by integrated analysis of the MS and NMR spectra and chemical degradation. The solution conformation of stylissamide G was briefly examined by electronic circular dichroism and temperature-dependent (1)H NMR chemical shifts of amide NH signals, which supported a conformationally rigid macrocycle. PMID:24576291

  6. Operation of the Australian Store.Synchrotron for macromolecular crystallography.

    PubMed

    Meyer, Grischa R; Aragão, David; Mudie, Nathan J; Caradoc-Davies, Tom T; McGowan, Sheena; Bertling, Philip J; Groenewegen, David; Quenette, Stevan M; Bond, Charles S; Buckle, Ashley M; Androulakis, Steve

    2014-10-01

    The Store.Synchrotron service, a fully functional, cloud computing-based solution to raw X-ray data archiving and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron, is described. The service automatically receives and archives raw diffraction data, related metadata and preliminary results of automated data-processing workflows. Data are able to be shared with collaborators and opened to the public. In the nine months since its deployment in August 2013, the service has handled over 22.4?TB of raw data (?1.7?million diffraction images). Several real examples from the Australian crystallographic community are described that illustrate the advantages of the approach, which include real-time online data access and fully redundant, secure storage. Discoveries in biological sciences increasingly require multidisciplinary approaches. With this in mind, Store.Synchrotron has been developed as a component within a greater service that can combine data from other instruments at the Australian Synchrotron, as well as instruments at the Australian neutron source ANSTO. It is therefore envisaged that this will serve as a model implementation of raw data archiving and dissemination within the structural biology research community. PMID:25286837

  7. Operation of the Australian Store.Synchrotron for macromolecular crystallography

    PubMed Central

    Meyer, Grischa R.; Aragão, David; Mudie, Nathan J.; Caradoc-Davies, Tom T.; McGowan, Sheena; Bertling, Philip J.; Groenewegen, David; Quenette, Stevan M.; Bond, Charles S.; Buckle, Ashley M.; Androulakis, Steve

    2014-01-01

    The Store.Synchrotron service, a fully functional, cloud computing-based solution to raw X-ray data archiving and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron, is described. The service automatically receives and archives raw diffraction data, related metadata and preliminary results of automated data-processing workflows. Data are able to be shared with collaborators and opened to the public. In the nine months since its deployment in August 2013, the service has handled over 22.4?TB of raw data (?1.7?million diffraction images). Several real examples from the Australian crystallographic community are described that illustrate the advantages of the approach, which include real-time online data access and fully redundant, secure storage. Discoveries in biological sciences increasingly require multidisciplinary approaches. With this in mind, Store.Synchrotron has been developed as a component within a greater service that can combine data from other instruments at the Australian Synchrotron, as well as instruments at the Australian neutron source ANSTO. It is therefore envisaged that this will serve as a model implementation of raw data archiving and dissemination within the structural biology research community. PMID:25286837

  8. Metal–5-Fluorouracil–Histamine Complexes: Solution, Structural, and Antitumour Studies

    PubMed Central

    Tyagi, Sadhna; Singh, Sukh Mahendra; Gencaslan, Sujan; Sheldrick, W. S.

    2002-01-01

    Solution studies were performed pH-metrically to study the interaction of Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) metal ions with 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and histamine (Hm) separately (binary) and in the presence of each other (ternary) at 25±0.1 °C temperature and a constant ionic strength of 0.1 M NaNO3 in aqueous solution. The ternary complexes have been found to be more stable than the corresponding binary complexes as shown by the positive value of ?logK. The species distribution curves have been obtained using the computer programme BEST. On the basis of species distribution results, efforts were also made to prepare some mixed complexes of Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) ions by performing the reaction of their metal nitrates, 5FU and Hm in aqueous ethanol medium at suitable pH. The isolated solid complexes were characterized by different physico-chemical method in order to suggest the possible binding site of the ligands and the structure of the resultant complexes. All these complexes were checked for their antitumour activity by injecting in Dalton's lymphoma (DL) and Sarcoma-180 (S-180) bearing C3H/He mice. The results indicate that some complexes have good antitumour activity both in vivo and in vitro. PMID:18476016

  9. The mechanics of delamination in fiber-reinforced composite materials. I - Stress singularities and solution structure

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wang, S. S.; Choi, I.

    1983-01-01

    The fundamental mechanics of delamination in fiber composite laminates is studied. Mathematical formulation of the problem is based on laminate anisotropic elasticity theory and interlaminar fracture mechanics concepts. Stress singularities and complete solution structures associated with general composite delaminations are determined. For a fully open delamination with traction-free surfaces, oscillatory stress singularities always appear, leading to physically inadmissible field solutions. A refined model is introduced by considering a partially closed delamination with crack surfaces in finite-length contact. Stress singularities associated with a partially closed delamination having frictional crack-surface contact are determined, and are found to be different from the inverse square-root one of the frictionless-contact case. In the case of a delamination with very small area of crack closure, a simplified model having a square-root stress singularity is employed by taking the limit of the partially closed delamination. The possible presence of logarithmic-type stress singularity is examined; no logarithmic singularity of any kind is found in the composite delamination problem. Numerical examples of dominant stress singularities are shown for delaminations having crack-tip closure with different frictional coefficients between general (1) and (2) graphite-epoxy composites. Previously announced in STAR as N84-13221

  10. Global structure stability of Riemann solutions of quasilinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws: shocks and contact discontinuities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kong, De-Xing

    In this paper, the author proves the global structure stability of the Lax's Riemann solution u=U( {x}/{t}) , containing only shocks and contact discontinuities, of general n× n quasilinear hyperbolic system of conservation laws. More precisely, the author proves the global existence and uniqueness of the piecewise C1 solution u= u( t, x) of a class of generalized Riemann problem, which can be regarded as a perturbation of the corresponding Riemann problem, for the quasilinear hyperbolic system of conservation laws; moreover, this solution has a global structure similar to that of the solution u=U( {x}/{t}) . Combining the results in Kong (Global structure instability of Riemann solutions of quasilinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws: rarefaction waves, to appear), the author proves that the Lax's Riemann solution of general n× n quasilinear hyperbolic system of conservation laws is globally structurally stable if and only if it contains only non-degenerate shocks and contact discontinuities, but no rarefaction waves and other weak discontinuities.

  11. Synthesis, structures, and solution dynamics of tetrasubstituted nine-atom germanium deltahedral clusters.

    PubMed

    Li, Feng; Sevov, Slavi C

    2014-08-27

    Reported are the rational synthesis, structures, and solution dynamics of three tetrasubstituted and neutral Ge9-based deltahedral clusters [Ge9R3R'](0), where R = Si(SiMe3)3 and R' = Et (1), Sn(n)Bu3 (2), or Tl (3). The first step of the synthesis is a reaction of an acetonitrile suspension of the intermetallic precursor compound K4Ge9 with {Si(SiMe3)3}Cl which produces the trisubstituted monoanions [Ge9{Si(SiMe3)3}](-). A benzene suspension of the latter is then reacted with Sn(n)Bu3Cl or TlCp to produce 2 and 3, respectively, while the same acetonitrile solution is reacted with EtBr in order to produce 1. All three structures can be viewed as tricapped trigonal prisms of Ge9 with the three "hypersilyl" substituents, Si(SiMe3)3, exo-bonded to the capping atoms. The fourth substituent in 1, the ethyl group, is exo-bonded to one of the six available Ge atoms with the Ge-C bond positioned radially to the Ge9 core. In the case of 2, on the other hand, the tin fragment is found above one of the triangular bases of the prism interacting with one or more Ge atoms in three crystallographically different molecules in the structure. Lastly, the Tl atom in the structure of 3 is found capping a pseudosquare face between two hypersilyl substituents. NMR spectroscopy indicates that all three compounds are dynamic at room temperature. Variable-temperature studies suggest that the process in 1 and 2 is intramolecular while the process in 3 involves dissociation of the Tl(+) ion from the molecule followed by association at the same or another equivalent pseudosquare face of the molecule. Thus, the latter compound may be considered to a large extent to be ionic as it is made of a thallium cation and a trisubstituted cluster anion. PMID:25116405

  12. Rationalising lysozyme amyloidosis: insights from the structure and solution dynamics of T70N lysozyme.

    PubMed

    Johnson, Russell J K; Christodoulou, John; Dumoulin, Mireille; Caddy, Gemma L; Alcocer, Marcos J C; Murtagh, Gareth J; Kumita, Janet R; Larsson, Göran; Robinson, Carol V; Archer, David B; Luisi, Ben; Dobson, Christopher M

    2005-09-30

    T70N human lysozyme is the only known naturally occurring destabilised lysozyme variant that has not been detected in amyloid deposits in human patients. Its study and a comparison of its properties with those of the amyloidogenic variants of lysozyme is therefore important for understanding the determinants of amyloid disease. We report here the X-ray crystal structure and the solution dynamics of T70N lysozyme, as monitored by hydrogen/deuterium exchange and NMR relaxation experiments. The X-ray crystal structure shows that a substantial structural rearrangement results from the amino acid substitution, involving residues 45-51 and 68-75 in particular, and gives rise to a concomitant separation of these two loops of up to 6.5A. A marked decrease in the magnitudes of the generalised order parameter (S2) values of the amide nitrogen atom, for residues 70-74, shows that the T70N substitution increases the flexibility of the peptide backbone around the site of mutation. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange protection factors measured by NMR spectroscopy were calculated for the T70N variant and the wild-type protein. The protection factors for many of backbone amide groups in the beta-domain of the T70N variant are decreased relative to those in the wild-type protein, whereas those in the alpha-domain display wild-type-like values. In pulse-labelled hydrogen/deuterium exchange experiments monitored by mass spectrometry, transient but locally cooperative unfolding of the beta-domain of the T70N variant and the wild-type protein was observed, but at higher temperatures than for the amyloidogenic variants I56T and D67H. These findings reveal that such partial unfolding is an intrinsic property of the human lysozyme structure, and suggest that the readiness with which it occurs is a critical feature determining whether or not amyloid deposition occurs in vivo. PMID:16126226

  13. Solution structure of a chemosensory protein from the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria.

    PubMed

    Tomaselli, Simona; Crescenzi, Orlando; Sanfelice, Domenico; Ab, Eiso; Wechselberger, Rainer; Angeli, Sergio; Scaloni, Andrea; Boelens, Rolf; Tancredi, Teodorico; Pelosi, Paolo; Picone, Delia

    2006-09-01

    Chemical stimuli, generally constituted by small volatile organic molecules, are extremely important for the survival of different insect species. In the course of evolution, insects have developed very sophisticated biochemical systems for the binding and the delivery of specific semiochemicals to their cognate membrane-bound receptors. Chemosensory proteins (CSPs) are a class of small soluble proteins present at high concentration in insect chemosensory organs; they are supposed to be involved in carrying the chemical messages from the environment to the chemosensory receptors. In this paper, we report on the solution structure of CSPsg4, a chemosensory protein from the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria, which is expressed in the antennae and other chemosensory organs. The 3D NMR structure revealed an overall fold consisting of six alpha-helices, spanning residues 13-18, 20-31, 40-54, 62-78, 80-90, and 97-103, connected by loops which in some cases show dihedral angles typical of beta-turns. As in the only other chemosensory protein whose structure has been solved so far, namely, CSP from the moth Mamestra brassicae, four helices are arranged to form a V-shaped motif; another helix runs across the two V's, and the last one is packed against the external face. Analysis of the tertiary structure evidenced multiple hydrophobic cavities which could be involved in ligand binding. In fact, incubation of the protein with a natural ligand, namely, oleamide, produced substantial changes to the NMR spectra, suggesting extensive conformational transitions upon ligand binding. PMID:16939212

  14. Coordination Structure Conversion of Hydrazone-Palladium(II) Complexes in the Solid State and in Solution.

    PubMed

    Kitamura, Fumi; Sawaguchi, Kana; Mori, Asami; Takagi, Shoji; Suzuki, Takayoshi; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Kato, Masako; Nakajima, Kiyohiko

    2015-09-01

    We prepared hydrazone-palladium(II) complexes of [PdCl2(HL(n))] and [PdCl(L(n))] (n = 1-3) by the reaction of [PdCl2(cod)] or [PdCl2(PhCN)2] and the hydrazone ligands of HL(n) {N'-(pyridin-2-ylmethylene)picolinohydrazide (HL(1)), N'-[1-(pyridin-2-yl)ethylidene]picolinohydrazide (HL(2)), and N'-[(6-methylpyridin-2-yl)methylene]picolinohydrazide (HL(3))}. The structures of the complexes were determined by X-ray analysis. The hydrazone ligands had ?N(py1),?N(imine) and ?N(amidate),?N(py2) bidentate coordination modes in [PdCl2(HL(n))] (1, n = 1; 2, n = 2) and in [PdCl2(HL(3))] (3), respectively. In contrast, tridentate coordination modes of ?N(py1),?N(imine),?N(py2) and ?N(py1),?N(amidate),?N(py2) were observed in [PdCl(L(n))] (4, n = 1; 5, n = 2) and in [PdCl(L(n))] (6, n = 1; 7, n = 2; 8, n = 3). Thermal conversion of complexes 1-3 to complexes 6-8 proceeded in acetonitrile. Complexes 4 and 5 were obtained from complexes 1 and 2, respectively, in a basic acetonitrile solution under dark conditions. Complex 4 reverted immediately to complex 1 in an acidic acetonitrile solution that included hydrochloric acid. However, under room light, in the basic acetonitrile solution that included trimethylamine, complex 4 converted photochemically to complex 6. The thermochromic or vapochromic structure conversion of these complexes also occurred in the solid state. On heating at 180 °C, the color of the crystals of complexes 1, 2, and 3 changed from yellow to orange in the solid state. (1)H NMR and/or UV-vis absorption spectroscopy confirmed that the orange complexes 6-8 were produced. The reddish-orange crystals of complexes 4 and 5 were exposed to hydrogen chloride vapor to yield the yellow products of complexes 1 and 2, respectively. PMID:26305775

  15. Structure determination of molecules of biochemical interest

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Honzatko, R. B.

    1985-10-01

    In the past year we have established a new laboratory for the determination of macromolecular structure. Currently, facilities are in place for data collection, data processing, molecular modeling and X-ray refinement of structures of up to 100,000 molecular weight in their crystallographic asymmetric unit. In parallel with establishing a new laboratory, we have pursued structure investigations of hemoglobin from the sea lamprey, aspartate carbamoyltransferase from Escherichia coli and p-nitrobenzylidine aminoguanidine, a small molecule which is an acceptor of the adenosine diphosphate ribosyl group in an enzyme mediated reaction. In addition to the structural studies above we have made a theoretical study by techniques of energy minimization of possible modes of aggregation of lamprey hemoglobin and the relationship between aggregate formation and cooperativity expressed in solutions by lamprey hemoglobin.

  16. Numerical solution of Q2 evolution equations for polarized structure functions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hirai, M.; Kumano, S.; Miyama, M.

    1998-01-01

    We investigate numerical solution of Dokshitzer-Gribov-Lipatov-Altarelli-Parisi (DGLAP) Q2 evolution equations for longitudinally polarized structure functions. Flavor nonsinglet and singlet equations with next-to-leading-order ?s corrections are studied. A brute-force method is employed. Dividing the variables x and Q2 into small steps, we simply solve the integrodifferential equations. Numerical results indicate that accuracy is better than 1% in the region 10 -5 < x < 0.8 if more than two hundred Q2 steps and more than one thousand x steps are taken. Our evolution results are compared with polarized experimental data of the spin asymmetry A1 by the SLAC-E130, SLAC-E143, EMC, and SMC collaborations. The comparison indicates that we cannot assume A1 is independent of Q2. We provide a FORTRAN program for the Q2 evolution and devolution of polarized nonsinglet-quark, singlet-quark, ?q i+? overlineqi, and gluon distributions (and corresponding structure functions).

  17. MoS? nanocube structures as catalysts for electrochemical H? evolution from acidic aqueous solutions.

    PubMed

    Maijenburg, A Wouter; Regis, Morrisa; Hattori, Azusa N; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Choi, Kyoung-Shin; ten Elshof, Johan E

    2014-02-12

    Core-shell PMMA-Au nanocube structures made by a combination of nanoimprint lithography and sidewall deposition were used as template for electrodeposition of MoS2, Ni, and Pt. Linear sweep voltammetry experiments obtained in an aqueous solution containing 0.29 M H2SO4 (pH 0.24) showed that the onset potential of the core-shell-shell PMMA-Au-MoS2 nanocube electrode for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) was shifted to the positive direction (i.e., requiring a lower overpotential) by 20-40 mV compared to planar MoS2 films. This indicates that the nanocube electrodes have a significantly increased HER activity, which is probably because of a higher density of catalytically active edge sites available at the nanocube surface. It was also found that the HER activity initially increased with increasing MoS2 deposition time, but decreased after deposition for 60 min because the edges of the nanocubes became rounded, thereby decreasing the number of active edge sites. By depositing Ni and Pt on top of PMMA-Au nanocubes, it was shown that this method can also be used for the synthesis of nanocube structures with varying compositions. PMID:24444817

  18. Analysis of structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers in solution subject to a dynamic shear stress

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, G.; Baker, S.; Toprakcioglu, C.

    1996-09-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Polymer-based separation techniques rely on the ability of a binding portion of the polymer to interact with a specific molecule in a solution flowing past the polymer. The location of the binding site within or out of the entangled polymer chains is thus crucial to the effectiveness of these methods. For this reason, the details of flow induced deformation of the polymer chains is important in such applications as exclusion chromatography, waste water treatment, ultrafiltration, enhanced oil recovery and microbial adhesion. Few techniques exist to examine the structure and orientation of polymeric materials, and even fewer to examine systems in a dynamic fluid flow. The goal of this project was to understand the molecular structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers with and without active binding ligands as a function of solvent shear rate, solvent power, polymer molecular weight, surface polymer coverage and heterogeneity of the surface polymer chains by neutron reflectometry in a newly designed shear cell. Geometrical effects on binding of molecules in the flow was also studied subject to the same parameters.

  19. Electronic band structure and properties of the solid solution Eu1- x Fe x O

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anoshina, O. V.; Zhukov, V. P.; Borukhovich, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    The electronic band structure of the solid solution Eu1- x Fe x O ( x = 0.0625, 0.125) involved in the composition of the spintronic composite EuO: Fe has been calculated using the full-potential linearized augmented- plane-wave (FLAPW) method. The calculations have been performed with the correction of the exchange-correlation potential in the framework of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA + U). It has been shown that iron and europium cations have the oxidation state close to 2+. In this case, the iron cations are in the high-spin state with the magnetic moment close to 4 ?B, which explains the significant increase in the Curie temperature of the composite upon doping of EuO with iron. It has been demonstrated that there is a small transfer of the electron density from Eu2+ cations to Fe2+ cations. It has been argued that the main factor providing a high concentration of Eu3+ cations in the composite is, probably, the presence of Eu2O3 nanoclusters in the structure.

  20. Solution structure and DNA-binding properties of the phosphoesterase domain of DNA ligase D

    PubMed Central

    Natarajan, Aswin; Dutta, Kaushik; Temel, Deniz B.; Nair, Pravin A.; Shuman, Stewart; Ghose, Ranajeet

    2012-01-01

    The phosphoesterase (PE) domain of the bacterial DNA repair enzyme LigD possesses distinctive manganese-dependent 3?-phosphomonoesterase and 3?-phosphodiesterase activities. PE exemplifies a new family of DNA end-healing enzymes found in all phylogenetic domains. Here, we determined the structure of the PE domain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa LigD (PaePE) using solution NMR methodology. PaePE has a disordered N-terminus and a well-folded core that differs in instructive ways from the crystal structure of a PaePE•Mn2+• sulfate complex, especially at the active site that is found to be conformationally dynamic. Chemical shift perturbations in the presence of primer-template duplexes with 3?-deoxynucleotide, 3?-deoxynucleotide 3?-phosphate, or 3? ribonucleotide termini reveal the surface used by PaePE to bind substrate DNA and suggest a more efficient engagement in the presence of a 3?-ribonucleotide. Spectral perturbations measured in the presence of weakly catalytic (Cd2+) and inhibitory (Zn2+) metals provide evidence for significant conformational changes at and near the active site, compared to the relatively modest changes elicited by Mn2+. PMID:22084199