Erin S. Bolstad

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ZINC is a free public resource for ligand discovery. The database contains over twenty million commercially available molecules in biologically relevant representations that may be downloaded in popular ready-to-dock formats and subsets. The Web site also enables searches by structure, biological activity, physical property, vendor, catalog number, name,(More)
The peroxisomal targeting sequence 1 (PTS1) is a consensus tripeptide 1 (S/C/A)(K/R/H)(L/M) that is found at the C-terminus of most peroxisomal proteins. However, the only known mammalian protein containing a terminal methionine PTS1 (SKM), human soluble epoxide hydrolase (hsEH), shows both peroxisomal and cytosolic localizations in vivo. Mechanisms(More)
A series of putative dipeptide substrates of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) was prepared that explored alpha- and beta/gamma-linked acidic residues at the P1 position and various chromophores at the P2 position, while keeping the P1' residue constant as L-Glu. Four chromophores were examined, including 4-phenylazobenzoyl, 1-pyrenebutyryl,(More)
Quinoline-2,4-dicarboxylic acids (QDCs) bearing lipophilic substituents in the 6- or 7-position were shown to be inhibitors of the glutamate vesicular transporter (VGLUT). Using the arrangement of the QDC lipophilic substituents as a template, libraries of X(1)X(2)EF and X(1)X(2)EW tetrapeptides were synthesized and tested as VGLUT inhibitors. The peptides(More)
Representing receptors as ensembles of protein conformations during docking is a powerful method to approximate protein flexibility and increase the accuracy of the resulting ranked list of compounds. Unfortunately, docking compounds against a large number of ensemble members can increase computational cost and time investment. In this article, we present(More)
The search for effective therapeutics for cryptosporidiosis and toxoplasmosis has led to the discovery of novel inhibitors of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) that possess high ligand efficiency: compounds with high potency and low molecular weight. Detailed analysis of the crystal structure of dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase from Cryptosporidium(More)
Accurate ranking during in silico lead optimization is critical to drive the generation of new ligands with higher affinity, yet it is especially difficult because of the subtle changes between analogs. In order to assess the role of the structure of the receptor in delivering accurate lead ranking results, we docked a set of forty related inhibitors to(More)
A direct route to analogs of the naturally occurring tropolone β-thujaplicin has been developed in just four steps from furan. Using this method, a series of derivatives were synthesized and evaluated. Several of these compounds demonstrated very high levels of potency against bacterial and fungal pathogens with good selectivity over mammalian cells.
Trimethoprim, an antifolate commonly prescribed in combination with sulfamethoxazole, potently inhibits several prokaryotic species of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). However, several eukaryotic pathogenic organisms are resistant to trimethoprim, preventing its effective use as a therapeutic for those infections. We have been building a program to(More)
Cryptosporidiosis is an emerging infectious disease that can be life-threatening in an immune-compromised individual and causes gastrointestinal distress lasting up to 2 weeks in an immune-competent individual. There are few therapeutics available for effectively treating this disease. We have been exploring dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) as a potential(More)