European Biophysics Journal

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List of Papers (Total 166)

Recent progress in the study of the interactions of amphotericin B with cholesterol and ergosterol in lipid environments

In the past decade substantial progress has been made in understanding the organization and biological activity of amphotericin B (AmB) in the presence of sterols in lipid environments. This review concentrates mainly on interactions of AmB with lipids and sterols, AmB channel formation in membranes, AmB aggregation, AmB modifications important for understanding its biological ...

Spatial heterogeneity of dynamics of H1 linker histone

Linker histone H1 participates in maintaining higher order chromatin structures. It is a dynamic protein that binds to DNA and exchanges rapidly with a mobile pool. Therefore, the dynamics of H1 were probed in the nuclei of intact, live cells, using an array of microscopy techniques: fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), ...

Peptide-membrane interactions of arginine-tryptophan peptides probed using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring

Membrane-active peptides include peptides that can cross cellular membranes and deliver macromolecular cargo as well as peptides that inhibit bacterial growth. Some of these peptides can act as both transporters and antibacterial agents. It is desirable to combine the knowledge from these two different fields of membrane-active peptides into design of new peptides with tailored ...

Acid-mediated Lipinski’s second rule: application to drug design and targeting in cancer

With a predicted 382.4 per 100,000 people expected to suffer from some form of malignant neoplasm by 2015, and a current death toll of 1 out of 8 deaths worldwide, improving treatment and/or drug design is an essential focus of cancer research. Multi-drug resistance is the leading cause of chemotherapeutic failure, and delivery of anticancer drugs to the inside of cancerous cells ...

Interaction of formin FH2 with skeletal muscle actin. EPR and DSC studies

Formins are highly conserved proteins that are essential in the formation and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton. The formin homology 2 (FH2) domain is responsible for actin binding and acts as an important nucleating factor in eukaryotic cells. In this work EPR and DSC were used to investigate the properties of the mDia1-FH2 formin fragment and its interaction with actin. ...

MultiSig: a new high-precision approach to the analysis of complex biomolecular systems

MultiSig is a newly developed mode of analysis of sedimentation equilibrium (SE) experiments in the analytical ultracentrifuge, having the capability of taking advantage of the remarkable precision (~0.1 % of signal) of the principal optical (fringe) system employed, thus supplanting existing methods of analysis through reducing the ‘noise’ level of certain important parameter ...

Fast calculation of the infrared spectra of large biomolecules

Vibrational spectra of proteins potentially give insight into biologically significant molecular motion and the proportions of different types of secondary structure. Vibrational spectra can be calculated either from normal modes obtained by diagonalizing the mass-weighted Hessian or from the time autocorrelation function derived from molecular dynamics trajectories. The Hessian ...

Different modes of growth cone collapse in NG 108-15 cells

In the fundamental process of neuronal path-finding, a growth cone at the tip of every neurite detects and follows multiple guidance cues regulating outgrowth and initiating directional changes. While the main focus of research lies on the cytoskeletal dynamics underlying growth cone advancement, we investigated collapse and retraction mechanisms in NG108-15 growth cones ...

Hydrodynamic multibead modeling: problems, pitfalls and solutions. 3. Comparison of new approaches for improved predictions of translational properties

Modeling simple and complex biopolymers in solution requires the shapes of these molecules to be approximated by bead modeling procedures, primarily for the prediction of hydrodynamic and scattering quantities. Though several bead modeling strategies (strict, shell and filling models) and a variety of computer programs (preferably the HYDRO suite by the García de la Torre group) ...

Laser interferometry analysis of ciprofloxacin and ampicillin diffusion from liposomal solutions to water phase

The paper presents experimental investigations of diffusion of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin or ampicillin) into the water phase from mixtures of neutral or negatively charged liposomes, and antibiotic–liposome interactions. Using the laser interferometry technique, the amounts and fluxes of released antibiotics, concentration field evolution, and the velocity of the concentration ...

Cooperative regulation of myosin-S1 binding to actin filaments by a continuous flexible Tm–Tn chain

The regulation of striated muscle contraction involves cooperative interactions between actin filaments, myosin-S1 (S1), tropomyosin (Tm), troponin (Tn), and calcium. These interactions are modeled by treating overlapping tropomyosins as a continuous flexible chain (CFC), weakly confined by electrostatic interactions with actin. The CFC is displaced locally in opposite directions ...

Validation of macromolecular flexibility in solution by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)

The dynamics of macromolecular conformations are critical to the action of cellular networks. Solution X-ray scattering studies, in combination with macromolecular X-ray crystallography (MX) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), strive to determine complete and accurate states of macromolecules, providing novel insights describing allosteric mechanisms, supramolecular complexes, ...

On the simple random-walk models of ion-channel gate dynamics reflecting long-term memory

Several approaches to ion-channel gating modelling have been proposed. Although many models describe the dwell-time distributions correctly, they are incapable of predicting and explaining the long-term correlations between the lengths of adjacent openings and closings of a channel. In this paper we propose two simple random-walk models of the gating dynamics of voltage and ...

On the biophysics of cathodal galvanotaxis in rat prostate cancer cells: Poisson–Nernst–Planck equation approach

Rat prostate cancer cells have been previously investigated using two cell lines: a highly metastatic one (Mat-Ly-Lu) and a nonmetastatic one (AT-2). It turns out that the highly metastatic Mat-Ly-Lu cells exhibit a phenomenon of cathodal galvanotaxis in an electric field which can be blocked by interrupting the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) activity. The VGSC activity is ...

A comparative study of structures and structural transitions of secondary transporters with the LeuT fold

Secondary active transporters from several protein families share a core of two five-helix inverted repeats that has become known as the LeuT fold. The known high-resolution protein structures with this fold were analyzed by structural superposition of the core transmembrane domains (TMDs). Three angle parameters derived from the mean TMD axes correlate with accessibility of the ...