José S. Duca

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The 4D-QSAR paradigm has been used to develop a formalism to estimate molecular similarity measures as a function of conformation, alignment, and atom type. It is possible to estimate the molecular similarity of pairs of molecules based upon the entire ensemble of conformational states each molecule can adopt at a given temperature, normally room(More)
Predicting protein/ligand binding affinity is one of the most challenging computational chemistry tasks. Numerous methods have been developed to address this challenge, but they all have limitations. Failure to account for protein flexibility has been a shortcoming of many methods. In this cross-docking study the data set comprised 150 inhibitor complexes(More)
In the preceding paper (Duca, J. S.; Madison, V. S.; Voigt, J. H. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2008, 48, 659-668), the accuracy of docking and affinity predictions of the Gold and Glide programs were investigated using single protein conformations spanning 150 CDK2/inhibitor crystallographic complexes. High docking accuracy was observed with both methods;(More)
An elusive goal in the field of chemoinformatics and molecular modeling has been the generation of a set of descriptors that, once calculated for a molecule, may be used in a wide variety of applications. Since such universal descriptors are generated free from external constraints, they are inherently independent of the data set in which they are employed.(More)
Nephronophthisis (NPH) is an autosomal recessive inherited cystic kidney disorder. It represents the most frequent genetic cause of end-stage renal disease in the first three decades of life. NPH is characterized by the dysfunction of sensory cilia which explains the complexity of the NPH phenotype. It can be associated with reti-nitis pigmentosa(More)
Proton translocation pathways of selected variants of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) and Pseudomonas fluorescens mannitol 2-dehydrogenase (PfM2DH) were investigated via an explicit solvent molecular dynamics-based analysis protocol that allows for direct quantitative relationship between a crystal structure and its time-averaged solute-solvent(More)
soaPDB is a web application that allows generation and organization of saved PDB searches, and offers automatic email alerts. This tool is used from a web interface to store PDB searches and results in a backend relational database. Written using the Ruby on Rails open-source web framework, soaPDB is easy to deploy, maintain and customize. soaPDB is freely(More)
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