A. Geoffrey Skillman

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In this paper we describe the search strategies developed for docking flexible molecules to macomolecular sites that are incorporated into the widely distributed DOCK software, version 4.0. The search strategies include incremental construction and random conformation search and utilize the existing Coulombic and Lennard-Jones grid-based scoring function.(More)
Here, we present the algorithm and validation for OMEGA, a systematic, knowledge-based conformer generator. The algorithm consists of three phases: assembly of an initial 3D structure from a library of fragments; exhaustive enumeration of all rotatable torsions using values drawn from a knowledge-based list of angles, thereby generating a large set of(More)
Ligand docking is a widely used approach in virtual screening. In recent years a large number of publications have appeared in which docking tools are compared and evaluated for their effectiveness in virtual screening against a wide variety of protein targets. These studies have shown that the effectiveness of docking in virtual screening is highly(More)
The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/AKT signaling pathway plays a critical role in activating survival and antiapoptotic pathways within cancer cells. Several studies have shown that this pathway is constitutively activated in many different cancer types. The goal of this study was to discover novel compounds that bind to the pleckstrin homology (PH) domain(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of potent small molecule ligands to receptors and enzymes is one of the major goals of chemical and biological research. Two powerful new tools that can be used in these efforts are combinatorial chemistry and structure-based design. Here we address how to join these methods in a design protocol that produces libraries of(More)
The interactions between a molecule and the aqueous environment underpin any process that occurs in solution, from simple chemical reactions to protein-ligand binding to protein aggregation. Fundamental measures of the interaction between molecule and aqueous phase, such as the transfer energy between gas phase and water or the energetic difference between(More)
A method of rapid entropy estimation for small molecules in vacuum, solution, and inside a protein receptor is proposed. We show that the Hessian matrix of second derivatives built by a quasi-Newton optimizer during geometry optimization of a molecule with a classical molecular potential in these three environments can be used to predict vibrational(More)
Several submissions for the SAMPL4 hydration free energy set were calculated using OpenEye tools, including many that were among the top performing submissions. All of our best submissions used AM1BCC charges and Poisson-Boltzmann solvation. Three submissions used a single conformer for calculating the hydration free energy and all performed very well with(More)
An automated computational procedure for fitting a ligand into its electron density with the use of the MMFF94 force field and a Gaussian shape description has been developed. It employs a series of adiabatic optimizations of gradually increasing shape potential. Starting from a set of energy-relaxed ligand conformations, the final results are structures(More)