Goran Krilov

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Reactivation of the p53 cell apoptosis pathway through inhibition of the p53-hDM2 interaction is a viable approach to suppress tumor growth in many human cancers and stabilization of the helical structure of synthetic p53 analogs via a hydrocarbon cross-link (staple) has been found to lead to increased potency and inhibition of protein-protein binding (J.(More)
The parametrization and validation of the OPLS3 force field for small molecules and proteins are reported. Enhancements with respect to the previous version (OPLS2.1) include the addition of off-atom charge sites to represent halogen bonding and aryl nitrogen lone pairs as well as a complete refit of peptide dihedral parameters to better model the native(More)
The mechanism (or mechanisms) of enthalpy-entropy (H/S) compensation in protein-ligand binding remains controversial, and there are still no predictive models (theoretical or experimental) in which hypotheses of ligand binding can be readily tested. Here we describe a particularly well-defined system of protein and ligands--human carbonic anhydrase (HCA)(More)
Designing tight-binding ligands is a primary objective of small-molecule drug discovery. Over the past few decades, free-energy calculations have benefited from improved force fields and sampling algorithms, as well as the advent of low-cost parallel computing. However, it has proven to be challenging to reliably achieve the level of accuracy that would be(More)
PTEN is an important control element of PI3K/AKT signaling involved in controlling the processes of embryonic development, cell migration and apoptosis. While its dysfunction is implicated in a large fraction of cancers, PTEN activity in the same pathway may also contribute to metabolic syndromes such as diabetes. In those cases, selective inhibitors of(More)
Predicting protein-ligand binding free energies is a central aim of computational structure-based drug design (SBDD)--improved accuracy in binding free energy predictions could significantly reduce costs and accelerate project timelines in lead discovery and optimization. The recent development and validation of advanced free energy calculation methods(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent a large family of signaling proteins that includes many therapeutic targets. GPCR ligands include odorants, tastants, and neurotransmitters and vary in size and properties. Dramatic chemical diversity may occur even among ligands of the same receptor. Our goal is to unravel the structural and chemical features(More)
Recent discovery that single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) binds to carbon nanotubes with high affinity to form soluble hybrids has received great attention as a promising approach to solving the long-standing problem of nanotube solubilization and separation. The mechanism of this process, including the nature of the DNA-nanotube interactions and the molecular(More)
The fluctuating elastic boundary (FEB) model for molecular dynamics has recently been developed and validated through simulations of liquid argon. In the FEB model, a flexible boundary which consists of particles connected by springs is used to confine the solvated system, thereby eliminating the need for periodic boundary conditions. In this study, we(More)
We propose a method which uses centroid molecular dynamics ͑CMD͒ ͓J. real-time data in conjunction with the imaginary-time data generated using path integral Monte Carlo simulations in a numerical analytic continuation scheme based on the maximum entropy approach. We show that significant improvement is achieved by including short-time CMD data with the(More)