Articolele autorului Traian Sulea
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Optimizing ligand charges for maximum binding affinity. A solvated interaction energy approach

We show that for a given binding site and a given spatial arrangement of atoms in a ligand, there exists an optimal set of partial charges at the atom centers that will optimize the net electrostatic binding free energy of the ligand. This optimal value can be calculated quite readily from a simple quadratic polynomial with coefficients derivable from a few continuum dielectric solvation calculations using a boundary element (BEM) solution of the

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Deubiquitination, a new function of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus papain-like protease?
Structural aspects of recently discovered viral deubiquitinating activities

Protein ubiquitination has been identified as a regulatory mechanism in key cellular activities, and deubiquitination is recognized as an important step in processes governed by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like modifiers. Viruses are known to target ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like modifier pathways using various strategies, including the recruitment of host deubiquitinating enzymes. Deubiquitinating activities have recently been described for proteins from

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Binding site-based classification of coronaviral papain-like proteases

The coronavirus replicase gene encodes one or two papain-like proteases (termed PL1pro and PL2pro) implicated in the N-terminal processing of the replicase polyprotein and thus contributing to the formation of the viral replicase complex that mediates genome replication. Using consensus fold recognition with the 3D-JURY meta-predictor followed by model building and refinement, we developed a structural model for the single PLpro present in the severe

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Profiling charge complementarity and selectivity for binding at the protein surface

A novel analysis and representation of the protein surface in terms of electrostatic binding complementarity and selectivity is presented. The charge optimization methodology is applied in a probe-based approach that simulates the binding process to the target protein. The molecular surface is color coded according to calculated optimal charge or according to charge selectivity, i.e., the binding cost of deviating from the optimal charge. The optimal

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