Alexey A. Zeifman

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Virtual fragment screening could be a promising alternative to existing experimental screening techniques. However, reliable methods of in silico fragment screening are yet to be established and validated. In order to develop such an approach we first checked how successful the existing molecular docking methods can be in predicting fragment binding(More)
Targeting BCR/ABL with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) is a proven concept for the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) leukemias. Resistance attributable to either kinase mutations in BCR/ABL or nonmutational mechanisms remains the major clinical challenge. With the exception of ponatinib, all approved TKIs are unable to inhibit the(More)
Lead Finder is a molecular docking software. Sampling uses an original implementation of the genetic algorithm that involves a number of additional optimization procedures. Lead Finder's scoring functions employ a set of semi-empiric molecular mechanics functionals that have been parameterized independently for docking, binding energy predictions and(More)
The Diels-Alder reaction is a cornerstone of modern organic synthesis. Despite this, it remains essentially inaccessible to biosynthetic approaches. Only a few natural enzymes catalyze even a formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition, and it remains uncertain if any of them proceed via the Diels-Alder mechanism. In this study, we focus on the [4 + 2] cycloaddition step(More)
The dG prediction accuracy by the Lead Finder docking software on the CSAR test set was characterized by R(2)=0.62 and rmsd=1.93 kcal/mol, and the method of preparation of the full-atom structures of the test set did not significantly affect the resulting accuracy of predictions. The primary factors determining the correlation between the predicted and(More)
Functionally selective ligands stabilize conformations of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that induce a preference for signaling via a subset of the intracellular pathways activated by the endogenous agonists. The possibility to fine-tune the functional activity of a receptor provides opportunities to develop drugs that selectively signal via pathways(More)
A new graph-theoretical approach called thermodynamic sampling of amino acid residues (TSAR) has been elaborated to explicitly account for the protein side chain flexibility in modeling conformation-dependent protein properties. In TSAR, a protein is viewed as a graph whose nodes correspond to structurally independent groups and whose edges connect the(More)
Both favorable pregnancy outcomes and fetal abnormalities have been associated with the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) during pregnancy. The placental transfer of TKIs in humans is poorly understood. We observed women with chronic myeloid leukemia who used imatinib or nilotinib during the late pregnancy stages. The newborns had no birth(More)
We compared explicit and implicit solvation approaches in modeling the free energy profile of the final step of Suzuki-Miyaura coupling. Both approaches produced similar ΔG(≠) in all the studied solvents (benzene, toluene, DMF, ethanol, and water). Solvation free energies of individual reaction components reasonably correlated for explicit and implicit(More)
2,3-Dihydroxy-quinoxaline, a small molecule that promotes ATPase catalytic activity of Herpes Simplex Virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK), was identified by virtual screening. This compound competitively inhibited HSV-TK catalyzed phosphorylation of acyclovir with Ki=250 μM (95% CI: 106-405 μM) and dose-dependently increased the rate of the ATP hydrolysis with(More)