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BACKGROUND Formation of the intrinsic tenase complex is an essential event in the procoagulant reactions that lead to clot formation. The tenase complex is formed when the activated serine protease, Factor IXa (FIXa), and its cofactor Factor VIIIa (FVIIIa) assemble on a phospholipid surface to proteolytically convert the zymogen Factor X (FX) into its(More)
Escherichia coli is an important pathogen that causes meningitis in neonates. The development of bacteremia preceding the traversal across the blood-brain barrier is a prerequisite for this pathogen that obviously must survive the bactericidal activity of serum. Here we report that outer membrane protein A (OmpA) of Escherichia coli contributes to serum(More)
BACKGROUND Drug discovery and chemical biology are exceedingly complex and demanding enterprises. In recent years there are been increasing awareness about the importance of predicting/optimizing the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET) properties of small chemical compounds along the search process rather than at the final(More)
Human anticoagulant activated protein C (hAPC) is less potent than the bovine APC (bAPC) molecule and our aims were to elucidate the molecular background for this difference and to create an APC with enhanced anticoagulant activity. In the protease domain of human protein C (hPC), the loop 148 (GWGYHSSREKEAKRN) is four residues longer than the corresponding(More)
BACKGROUND Blood coagulation factor (F) Va is the essential protein cofactor to the serine protease FXa. Factor Va stimulates the thrombin-to-prothrombin conversion by the prothrombinase complex, by at least five orders of magnitude. Factor Va binds with very high affinity to phosphatidylserine containing phospholipid membranes, which allows the(More)
Drug attrition late in preclinical or clinical development is a serious economic problem in the field of drug discovery. These problems can be linked, in part, to the quality of the compound collections used during the hit generation stage and to the selection of compounds undergoing optimization. Here, we present FAF-Drugs3, a web server that can be used(More)
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are one of the next major classes of therapeutic targets, although they are too intricate to tackle with standard approaches. This is due, in part, to the inadequacy of today's chemical libraries. However, the emergence of a growing number of experimentally validated inhibitors of PPIs (i-PPIs) allows drug designers to(More)
C4b-binding protein (C4BP) is a regulator of the classical complement pathway, acting as a cofactor to factor I in the degradation of C4b. Computer modeling and structural analysis predicted a cluster of positively charged amino acids at the interface between complement control protein modules 1 and 2 of the C4BP alpha-chain to be involved in C4b binding.(More)
Identification of potential human Ether-a-go-go Related-Gene (hERG) potassium channel blockers is an essential part of the drug development and drug safety process in pharmaceutical industries or academic drug discovery centers, as they may lead to drug-induced QT prolongation, arrhythmia and Torsade de Pointes. Recent reports also suggest starting to(More)
In silico screening based on the structures of the ligands or of the receptors has become an essential tool to facilitate the drug discovery process but compound collections are needed to carry out such in silico experiments. It has been recognized that absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADME/tox) are key properties that need to(More)