Kenneth M. Merz

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We present the derivation of a new molecular mechanical force field for simulating the structures, conformational energies, and interaction energies of proteins, nucleic acids, and many related organic molecules in condensed phases. This effective two-body force field is the successor to the Weiner et al. force field and was developed with some of the same(More)
We describe the development, current features, and some directions for future development of the Amber package of computer programs. This package evolved from a program that was constructed in the late 1970s to do Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement, and now contains a group of programs embodying a number of powerful tools of modern computational(More)
The prioritization of the screening of combinatorial libraries is an extremely important task for the rapid identification of tight binding ligands and ultimately pharmaceutical compounds. When structural information for the target is available, molecular docking is an approach that can be used for prioritization. Here, we present the initial validation of(More)
Literature data on compounds both well- and poorly-absorbed in humans were used to build a statistical pattern recognition model of passive intestinal absorption. Robust outlier detection was utilized to analyze the well-absorbed compounds, some of which were intermingled with the poorly-absorbed compounds in the model space. Outliers were identified as(More)
A 250 ps molecular dynamics simulation of the dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC)-based lipid bilayer, including explicit water molecules, is reported. The solvent environment of the head groups and other structural properties of the bilayer have been analyzed and compared with experimental results as well as our previous simulation of the(More)
Currently the Protein Data Bank (PDB) contains over 18,000 structures that contain a metal ion including Na, Mg, K, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pd, Ag, Cd, Ir, Pt, Au, and Hg. In general, carrying out classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of metalloproteins is a convoluted and time consuming process. Herein, we describe MCPB (Metal Center(More)
Herein we will focus on the use of quantum mechanics (QM) in drug design (DD) to solve disparate problems from scoring protein-ligand poses to building QM QSAR models. Through the variational principle of QM we know that we can obtain a more accurate representation of molecular systems than classical models, and while this is not a matter of debate, it(More)
A detailed error analysis is presented for the computation of protein-ligand interaction energies. In particular, we show that it is probable that even highly accurate computed binding free energies have errors that represent a large percentage of the target free energies of binding. This is due to the observation that the error for computed energies(More)
The exact functional role of the zinc hydroxide (water)-Thr199-Glu106 hydrogen bond network in the carbonic anhydrases is unknown. However, from the results of molecular dynamics simulations (MD) we are able to better define its function. From computer graphics analysis and MD simulations on the zinc hydroxide form of human carbonic anhydrase II we find(More)