Spectral rate theory for two-state kinetics

Jan-Hendrik Prinz, John D. Chodera, and Frank Noé.
Phys. Rev. X 4:011020, 2014. [DOI] [PDF]

We present a new mathematical framework for unifying various two-state rate theories presented in the physical chemistry literature over many decades, and provide a quantitative way to measure reaction coordinate quality.

Dynamical reweighting: Improved estimates for dynamical properties from simulations at multiple temperatures

John D. Chodera, William C. Swope, Frank Noé, Jan-Hendrik Prinz, Michael R. Shirts, and Vijay S. Pande.
J. Chem. Phys. 134:244107, 2011. [DOI] [PDF

We describe how reweighing techniques can provide optimal estimates of temperature-dependent dynamical properties from simulations conducted at multiple temperatures.

Markov models of molecular kinetics: Generation and validation

Jan-Hendrik Prinz, Hao Wu, Marco Sarich, Bettina Keller, Martin Fischbach, Martin Held, John D. Chodera, Christof Schüttle, and Frank Noé.
J. Chem. Phys. 134:174105, 2011. [DOI] [PDF]

A review of current best practices for the generation and validation of Markov state models for describing the stochastic dynamics of biomolecular systems.

Dynamical fingerprints: A theoretical framework for understanding biomolecular processes by combination of simulation and kinetic experiments

Frank Noé, Sören Doose, Isabella Daidone, Marc Löllmann, Markus Sauer, John D. Chodera, and Jeremy C. Smith.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108:4822, 2011. [DOI] [PDF]

We present a new framework for comparing essential features of the dynamics between experiment and simulation to identify the kinetics processes contributing to individual relaxation timescales in perturbation-response or correlation spectroscopy experiments.

The mechanical properties of PCNA: Implications for the loading and function of a DNA sliding clamp

Joshua L. Adelman, John D. Chodera, I. W. Kuo, Thomas F. Miller III, and Daniel Barsky.
Biophys. J. 98:3062, 2010. Featured on issue cover. [DOI] [PDF]

Molecular simulations of the PCNA clamp responsible for DNA polymerase processivity show a surprisingly small energetic penalty for the deformation required for clamp loading.

Protein Folding by Zipping and Assembly

S. Banu Ozkan, G. Albert Wu, John D. Chodera, and Ken A. Dill.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104:11987, 2007. [DOI] [PDF]

A review of the utility of the proposed zipping and assembly mechanism for the concomitant formation of secondary and tertiary structure in protein folding for predicting folding pathways and native structures.

Automatic discovery of metastable states for the construction of Markov models of macromolecular conformational dynamics

John D. Chodera*, Nina Singhal*, William C. Swope, Jed W. Pitera, Vijay S. Pande, and Ken A. Dill.
J. Chem. Phys. 126:155101, 2007. [DOI] [PDF]

Proposing one of the first automated algorithms for discovering kinetically metastable states of biomolecules from molecular simulations, this paper shows how many biomolecules can possess numerous distinct long-lived conformational states even though the the equilibrium populations of these states may too small for standard structural biology techniques to detect.

Long-time protein folding dynamics from short-time molecular dynamics simulations

John D. Chodera, William C. Swope, Jed W. Pitera, and Ken A. Dill.
Multiscale Model. Simul. 5:1214, 2006. [DOI] [PDF]

We show how the long-time dynamics of biomolecular systems can be recapitulated from statistics collected from short molecular simulations sampling transitions between kinetically metastable states.