Daniel K. Gehlhaar

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BACKGROUND An important prerequisite for computational structure-based drug design is prediction of the structures of ligand-protein complexes that have not yet been experimentally determined by X-ray crystallography or NMR. For this task, docking of rigid ligands is inadequate because it assumes knowledge of the conformation of the bound ligand. Docking of(More)
A new procedure for molecular replacement is presented in which an efficient six-dimensional search is carried out using an evolutionary optimization algorithm. In this procedure, a population of initially random molecular-replacement solutions is iteratively optimized with respect to the correlation coefficient between observed and calculated structure(More)
Common failures in predicting crystal structures of ligand-protein complexes are investigated for three ligand-protein systems by a combined thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of the binding energy landscapes. Misdocked predictions in ligand-protein docking are classified as 'soft' and 'hard' failures. While a soft failure arises when the search algorithm(More)
Several protein engineering approaches were combined to optimize the selectivity and activity of Vibrio fluvialis aminotransferase (Vfat) for the synthesis of (3S,5R)-ethyl 3-amino-5-methyloctanoate; a key intermediate in the synthesis of imagabalin, an advanced candidate for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Starting from wild-type Vfat, which(More)
The identification of phospholipidosis (PPL) during preclinical testing in animals is a recognized problem in the pharmaceutical industry. Depending on the intended indication and dosing regimen, PPL can delay or stop development of a compound in the drug discovery process. Therefore, for programs and projects where a PPL finding would have adverse impact(More)
Monte Carlo simulations of molecular recognition at the consensus binding site of the constant fragment (Fc) of human immunoglobulin G (Ig) protein have been performed to analyze structural and thermodynamic aspects of binding for the 13-residue cyclic peptide DCAWHLGELVWCT. The energy landscape analysis of a hot spot at the intermolecular interface using(More)
A microscopic study of functional disorder-order folding transitions coupled to binding is performed for the p27 protein, which derives a kinetic advantage from the intrinsically disordered unbound form on binding with the phosphorylated cyclin A-cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (Cdk2) complex. Hierarchy of structural loss during p27 coupled unfolding and(More)
Stochastic search algorithms can be used to perform rapid six-dimensional molecular-replacement searches. A molecular-replacement procedure has been developed that uses an evolutionary algorithm to simultaneously optimize the orientation and position of a search model in a unit cell. Here, the performance of this algorithm and its dependence on search model(More)