Keith W. Burdick

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Enzymatic activity in the fecal droppings from the house dust mite has been postulated to contribute to the elicited allergic response. Screening dust mite extracts through 137,180 tetrapeptide fluorogenic substrates allowed for the characterization of proteolytic substrate specificity from the potential cysteine and serine proteases in the extract. The(More)
Integrating biological and chemical information is one key task in drug discovery, and one approach to attaining this goal is via three-dimensional pharmacophore descriptors derived from protein binding sites. The SitePrint program generates, aligns, scores, and classifies three-dimensional pharmacophore descriptors, active site grids, and ligand surfaces.(More)
Tryptases betaI and betaII were heterologously expressed and purified in yeast to functionally characterize the substrate specificity of each enzyme. Three positional scanning combinatorial tetrapeptide substrate libraries were used to determine the primary and extended substrate specificity of the proteases. Both enzymes have a strict primary preference(More)
We present a general approach to the design, docking, and virtual screening of multiple combinatorial libraries against a family of proteins. The method consists of three main stages: docking the scaffold, selecting the best substituents at each site of diversity, and comparing the resultant molecules within and between the libraries. The core(More)
Our current understanding of the role and regulation of protease activity in normal and pathogenic processes is limited by our ability to measure and deconvolute their enzymatic activity. To address this limitation, an approach was developed that utilizes rhodamine-based fluorogenic substrates encoded with PNA tags. The PNA tags address each of the(More)
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