Peptide Springiness By Terahertz Spectroscopy – An Upcoming Cover For Angewandte Chemie (And A POV-Ray File For Generating Springs)

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From: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201603825/full

Image caption: An approach combining terahertz spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and solid-state density functional theory was utilized to accurately measure the elasticities of poly-l-proline helices by probing their spring-like vibrational motions. In their communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201602268), T. M. Korter and co-workers reveal that poly-l-proline is less rigid than commonly expected, and that the all-cis and all-trans helical forms exhibit significantly different Young’s moduli.

Article: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201602268/abstract

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GROMACS 5.0.1, nVidia CUDA Toolkit, And FFTW3 Under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit); The Virtues Of VirtualBox

Summarized below are the catches and fixes from a recent effort to build GROMACS 5.0.1 with FFTW3 (single- and double-precision) and GPU support (so, single-precision). Also, a trick I’ve been doing with great success lately, using a virtual machine to keep my real machine as clean as possible.

0. The Virtues Of VirtualBox

Open source means never having to say you’re sorry.

I’ve made the above proclamation to anyone who’d listen lately who has any interest in using Linux software (because, regardless of what anyone says on the matter, it ain’t there yet as an operating system for general scientific users with general computing know-how). You will very likely find yourself stuck at a configure or make step in one or more prerequisite codes to some final build you’re trying to do, leaving yourself to google error messages to try to come up with some kind of solution. Invariably, you’ll try something that seems to work, only to find it doesn’t, potentially leaving a trail of orphaned files, version-breaking changes, and random downgrading only to find something else stupid (or not) fixed your build problems.

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Compiling LAMMPS (3Apr13, But Likely Others) In Ubuntu 10.04 Part 1. Using MPICH2 And FFTW2 (And Ubuntu Notes On Installing Intel Fortran And C++ Composers XE for Linux)

I’ll qualify this post by saying that (1) I have given up on Ubuntu 11.x and 12.x because they are consistently unstable on my hardware (so, if you have issues running this installation on those versions, I may not be of much help (although I suspect things should work)), (2) I am starting this install from a fresh 32-bit Desktop Ubuntu 10.04 install (so do not know if there are any issues with other software one might have installed on a Linux box if a problem comes up), and (3) the procedure comes out of the current lack of an Ubuntu binary currently listed as available (as of 6 April 2013) from the LAMMPS website (lammps.sandia.gov/download.html#ubuntu). If (3) changes and is available in an MPI form, what’s below will hopefully be unnecessary.

Building Trouble And Solutions

My initial “just unzip, untar, and make linux” attempt on a fresh 10.04 install produced the following error (which I’m reproducing in the expectation that you found this page by typing one of the errors below into a search engine, so you’ll find the error and the solutions). NOTE: I build all my programs in /opt for organizational purposes (so replace accordingly):

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ChemMedChem Cover For April 2013 – Treating Type II Diabetes Through B12 Conjugation

The back cover picture shows two views at 150 degree rotation of vitamin B12 conjugated to the potent anti- hyperglycemia peptide glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). The conjugate displays similar receptor binding and agonism to unconjugated GLP-1, including insulin potentiation from human transplant pancreatic islet cells, which bodes well for oral delivery of GLP-1 through the B12 dietary pathway. For more details, see the Communication by Robert P. Doyle et al. on p. 582 ff.

From the free press department… The cover for the April, 2013 issue of ChemMEDChem (just the cover art this time, no theoretical content in the associated article. All the theory’s figured out!). I’m still awaiting the journal’s posting of the article content but wanted to get something up in March. For related content, see the discussion on the “MedChemComm September 2012 Front Cover Image For The ‘Examining The Effects Of Vitamin B12 Conjugation…’ Paper” post or any of the B12-related posts on this site (www.somewhereville.com/index.php?s=b12). This work is similar in scope to the B12-insulin bioconjugate work in the previous studies, but now includes a different peptide (glucagon-like peptide-1) with similar properties.

NAMOT Pre-Release 2.2.0-pre4 In OSX 10.8 (Maybe Older Versions)

A recent visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Albany inspired a few new DNA ideas that I decided would be greatly simplified by having NAMOT available again for design. Having failed at the base install of the NAMOT 2 version and, unfortunately, not having NAMOT available in Fink for a simple installation, the solution became to build the pre-release from scratch. Ignoring the many errors one encounters while walking through an OSX/Xcode/Fink/X11 bootstrap, the final procedure worked well and without major problem. As usual, the error messages at varied steps are provided below because, I assume, those messages are what you’re searching for when you find your way here.

0. Required Installations

You’ll need the following installed for this particular build. I believe XCode is the only thing that you’ll have to pay for (if you don’t already have it. I seem to remember paying $5 through the App Store).

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A Most Unlikely Obvious Molecule: DNA And Its Consequences – Slides From The CNY Skeptics Talk

I’ve been fortunate twice this year to have the Central New York (CNY) Skeptics force me to commit to a presentation topics I thought were worth presenting. As a complement to the audio that will appear at some point on the CNY Skeptics site, I’ve posted the non-animated slides as a PDF below. And the press photo’s from a way-back Excelsior Cornet Band gig where I had too long a wait between playing and marching.


Download: DGAllis_CNY_Skeptics_DNA_Lecture_7_Nov_2012.pdf, 8.3 MB

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GROMACS 4.5.5, OpenMPI 1.6, And FFTW 3.3.2 Compilation Under Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) With XCode (And A Little Help From Homebrew)

Minus a few glitches easily fixed with the right software, this build wasn’t bad at all (and thanks to Adam Lindsay for the title catch).

Now sitting in front of a new Core i7 MacBook Pro, one of the first compilations I wanted to have finished for new projects was GROMACS 4.5.5. As my procedure for compiling GROMACS 3.3.3 had been a highly-traveled page, I wanted to provide a brief summary of my successful 4.5.5 compilation.

A Few Piece Of Info

1. XCode

This used to be disc-download and install, now it’s available as a free download from the App Store (1.57 GB download, so plan to do something else while you wait for the download).

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MedChemComm September 2012 Front Cover Image For The “Examining The Effects Of Vitamin B12 Conjugation…” Paper

Blogging a blog post recently blogged here in a post, with a zoom-in below because no decent-sized version of the same can be found on the MedChemComm site, all pertaining to the “Examining the effects of vitamin B12 conjugation on the biological activity of insulin: a molecular dynamic and in vivo oral uptake investigation” article from Susan Clardy-James, myself, Timothy J. Fairchild and Robert P. Doyle in ChemMedComm (available at pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2012/MD/C2MD20040F).

The MedChemComm post also provides the caption for the cover (below), which I reproduce below for context:

Oral delivery of drugs aims to open up new areas of peptide/protein therapeutics associated with the removal for a need for injections. The major problems facing oral delivery of peptides/proteins is hydrolysis/proteolysis in the gastrointestinal tract and an inefficient uptake mechanism for peptides/proteins from the tract. Robert P. Doyle et al. are interested in the use of the vitamin B12 dietary uptake pathway to address these hurdles. In this paper Doyle et al. report the synthesis, purification and characterisation of a new B12-insulin conjugate attached between the B12 ribose hydroxyl group and insulin PheB1.

Brief Update: Amber 11 And AmberTools 1.5 In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

This post is a brief update to a much longer and more involved discussion of Amber 11 and AmberTools installation in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) (as the changes are minor and the parallelization setup remains largely the same). You can find this more involved discussion at www.somewhereville.com/?p=1422.

Long/Short – the installation under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is not much different and goes without hitch provided you keep your locations organized. NOTE 1: I’ve not a copy of Amber12, so cannot speak for any changes to its installation procedure. NOTE 2: This install assumes 32-bit only.

Updated Procedure

If you tried installing all of the build software from the 10.04 LTS post, you’ll receive errors like the following (as usual, I include error messages for those who are searching against error messages)…

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Examining The Effects Of Vitamin B12 Conjugation On The Biological Activity Of Insulin: A Molecular Dynamic And In Vivo Oral Uptake Investigation

Published in MedChemComm (direct link: xlink.rsc.org/?doi=C2MD20040F). And Happy Belated New Year. After the methodological work that went into the Molecular Biosystems paper, this was a remarkably simple molecular dynamics study of the changes to vitamin B12 binding in transcobalamin II (TCII) with the B12 conjugated to the first amino acid side chain in the B-Chain of insulin. The structure of the B12-insulin conjugate is shown below in a molecular dynamics snapshot, which reveals that the binding of B12 to its TCII transport protein is negligibly affected.

And apparently the experiments went well, too. Cover hopefully to follow.

Susan Clardy-James, Damian G. Allis, Timothy J. Fairchild and Robert P. Doyle

Abstract: The practical use of the vitamin B12 uptake pathway to orally deliver peptides and proteins is much debated. To understand the full potential of the pathway however, a deeper understanding of the impact B12 conjugation has on peptides and proteins is needed. We previously reported an orally active B12 based insulin conjugate attached at LysB29 with hypoglycaemic properties in STZ diabetic rats. We are exploring an alternative attachment for B12 on insulin in an attempt to determine the effect B12 has on the protein biological activity. We describe herein the synthesis, characterization, and purification of a new B12-insulin conjugate, which is attached between the B12 ribose hydroxyl group and insulin PheB1. The hypoglycemic properties resulting from oral administration (gavage) of such a conjugate in STZ diabetic rats was similar to that noted in a conjugate covalently linked at insulin LysB2911, demonstrating the availability of both position on insulin for B12 attachment. A possible rationale for this result is put forward from MD simulations. We also conclude that there is a dose dependent response that can be observed for B12-insulin conjugates, with doses of conjugate greater than 10-9 M necessary to observe even low levels of glucose drop.