Francis Figaroa

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Biophysical studies with G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are typically very challenging due to the poor stability of these receptors when solubilized from the cell membrane into detergent solutions. However, the stability of a GPCR can be greatly improved by introducing a number of point mutations into the protein sequence to give a stabilized receptor(More)
Fragment-based drug discovery (FBDD) has become a widely accepted tool that is complementary to high-throughput screening (HTS) in developing small-molecule inhibitors of pharmaceutical targets. Because a fragment campaign can only be as successful as the hit matter found, it is critical that the first stage of the process be optimized. Here the authors(More)
BRCT domains, present in a large number of proteins that are involved in cell cycle regulation and/or DNA replication or repair, are primarily thought to be involved in protein-protein interactions. The large (p140) subunit of replication factor C contains a sequence of approximately 100 amino acids in the N-terminal region that binds DNA and is distantly(More)
Most libraries for fragment-based drug discovery are restricted to 1,000-10,000 compounds, but over 500,000 fragments are commercially available and potentially accessible by virtual screening. Whether this larger set would increase chemotype coverage, and whether a computational screen can pragmatically prioritize them, is debated. To investigate this(More)
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