1984, Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1979, B.S. in Chemistry, Royal Holloway College, London University
In E. coli dihydrofolate reductase, unusual conformational motions of a functional M20 loop that interacts with substrate and coenzyme have been construed as evidence for dynamical effects in enzyme catalysis. By computing this loop’s conformational free energies in the apoenzyme, we show that it is sensitive to the treatment of long-range electrostatic interactions and the solvation box size in modeling/simulations. These results provide important guidelines for computing reaction/binding free energy profiles of proteins with functional loops.