Naylor, Adel Marie (1989) Insights on enzymes and polymers from molecular dynamics simulations: applications to dihydrofolate reductase complexes and starburst dendrimers. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:11132009-134341582
Examples are given for the role of simulation and theory in designing artificial biomimetic and biocatalytic systems. Simulations on the β-alanine starburst dendrimer polymers indicate that, for the higher generation systems: (1) ~50% of the surface area is internal, and (ii) ~50% of the spheroidal volume is solvent- filled. These studies suggest a design for encapsulating and delivering dopamine to the kidney for cardiovascular therapies. Investigations of the penta-erythritol based polyether starburst dendrimers show that: (i) the later generations lack any internal surface area or volume and (ii) the dense-packed limit for these polymers to be the third generation, consistent with experiment. For Dihydrofolate Reductase (DHFR), the modeling and simulations: (i) explain the high degree of kinetic similarity between two dissimilar forms of DHFR; (ii) indicate why site specific mutation (Phe-31→Tyr-31, Leu-54→Ile-54, or Leu-54→Gly-54) causes a significant change in the catalytic rate; and (iii) suggest modifications to engineer E. coli Chicken hybrid proteins capable of reducing folate.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Chemistry and Chemical Engineering|
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|Defense Date:||1 February 1989|
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|Deposited By:||Tony Diaz|
|Deposited On:||17 Nov 2009 21:46|
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