The paper of Associ. Prof. Shigenori Fujikawa was published in “JCTC:Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation” and their paper was adopted as the cover.
We have designed different nano-slit systems whose opposing surfaces consist of hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces for molecular dynamics simulation of confined water with three common protein denaturants, i.e., urea, guanidinium chloride, and methanol. Particular attention is paid to the relative preferential adsorption of the denaturant molecules onto the opposing surfaces to investigate the denaturation mechanism. The figure shows a snapshot of urea solution in the simulation cell and the periodic image cells. For clarity, water molecules are omitted.
Authors: Takahiro Koishi, Kenji Yasuoka, Soohaeng Yoo Willow, Shigenori Fujikawa, and Xiao Cheng Zeng
Publication Date (Web); April 17, 2013