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After new human transmissible H1N1 (swine flu) viruses were reported in Mexico and the United States in April 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus. Most governments in the world have been alerted and are monitoring the situation closely. As one of the official responses to the H1N1 pandemic, the(More)
Glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) is a potential therapeutic target for cancer, type-2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. This paper proposes a new lead identification protocol that predicts new GSK-3β ATP competitive inhibitors with topologically diverse scaffolds. First, three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D QSAR) models(More)
The effects of Salvianolic acid A (Sal A) on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) were investigated. Sal A significantly inhibits amyloid beta $$(\text{ A }\beta )$$ ( A β ) self-aggregation and disaggregates pre-formed $$\text{ A }\beta $$ A β fibrils, reduces metal-induced $$\text{ A }\beta $$ A β aggregation through chelating metal ions, and blocks(More)
Hemagglutinin (HA) is essential for Influenza A virus infection, but its diversity of subtypes presents an obstacle to developing broad-spectrum HA inhibitors. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which poly-galloyl glucose (pGG) analogs inhibit influenza hemagglutinin (HA) in vitro and in silico. We found that (1) star-shaped pGG(More)
RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway plays a pivotal role in numerous fundamental cellular functions including contraction, motility, proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. The pathway is also involved in the development of many diseases such as vasospasm, pulmonary hypertension, cancer and central nervous systems (CNS) disorders. The inhibitors of Rho kinase(More)
Mutations of CYP51A protein (Cytochrome P450 14-α Sterol demethylase) play a central role in the azole resistance of Aspergillus fumigatus The available structural models of CYP51A protein ofA. fumigatus are built based on that of Homo sapiens and that of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, of which the amino acid homology is only 38% and 29% compared with CYP51A(More)
High cholesterol levels contribute to hyperlipidemia. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are the drug targets. LXRs regulate the cholesterol absorption, biosynthesis, transportation, and metabolism. Novel agonists of LXR, especially LXRβ, are attractive solutions for treating hyperlipidemia. In order to discover novel LXRβ agonists, a three-dimensional pharmacophore(More)
High-performance computing (HPC) has become a state strategic technology in a number of countries. One hypothesis is that HPC can accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation. Our experimental data demonstrate that HPC can significantly accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation by employing molecular dynamics-based virtual screening (MDVS). Without using HPC, MDVS(More)
Influenza is an acute respiratory infectious disease caused by influenza viruses. Its subtype can be distinguished based on the antigenicity of two surface glycoproteins, hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). One of the main challenges in anti-influenza drug development is the quick evolution of drug resistance due to virus mutations. One solution to(More)
Human chemokine receptor CXCR3 (hCXCR3) antagonists have potential therapeutic applications as antivirus, antitumor, and anti-inflammatory agents. A novel virtual screening protocol, which combines pharmacophore-based and structure-based approaches, was proposed. A three-dimensional QSAR pharmacophore model and a structure-based docking model were built to(More)