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Drug development is a high cost and laborious process, requiring a number of tests until a drug is made available in the market. Therefore, the use of methods to screen large number of molecules with less cost is crucial for faster identification of hits and leads. One strategy to identify drug-like molecules is the search for molecules able to interfere(More)
Cytidine deaminase (CDA) is a key enzyme in the pyrimidine salvage pathway. It is involved in the hydrolytic deamination of cytidine or 2'-deoxycytidine to uridine or 2'-deoxyuridine, respectively. Here we report the crystal structures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis CDA (MtCDA) in complex with uridine (2.4 Å resolution) and deoxyuridine (1.9 Å resolution).(More)
Molecular recognition process describes the interaction involving two molecules. In the case of biomolecules, these pairs of molecules could be protein-protein, protein-ligand or protein-nucleic acid. The first model to capture the essential features, behind the molecular recognition problem, was the lock-and-key paradigm. The overall analysis(More)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis InhA (MtInhA) is an attractive enzyme to drug discovery efforts due to its validation as an effective biological target for tuberculosis therapy. In this work, two different virtual-ligand-screening approaches were applied in order to identify new InhA inhibitors' candidates from a library of ligands selected from the ZINC(More)
Uridine (Urd) is a promising biochemical modulator to reduce host toxicity caused by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) without impairing its antitumor activity. Elevated doses of Urd are required to achieve a protective effect against 5-FU toxicity, but exogenous administration of Urd is not well-tolerated. Selective inhibitors of human uridine phosphorylase (hUP) have(More)
Molecular docking simulations are of pivotal importance for analysis of protein-ligand interactions and also an essential resource for virtual-screening initiatives. In molecular docking simulations several possible docked structures are generated, which create an ensemble of structures representing binary complexes. Therefore, it is crucial to find the(More)
With the progression of structural genomics projects, comparative modeling remains an increasingly important method of choice to obtain 3D structure of proteins. It helps to bridge the gap between the available sequence and structure information by providing reliable and accurate protein models. Comparative modeling based on more than 30% sequence identity(More)
Recent developments in computer power and chemoinformatics methodology make possible that a huge amount of data become available through internet. These databases are devoted to a wide spectrum of scientific fields. Here we are concerned with databases related to protein-drug interactions. More specifically, databases where potential new molecules could be(More)
The development of databases devoted to biological information opened the possibility to integrate, query and analyze biological data obtained from several sources that otherwise would be scattered through the web. Several issues arise in the handling of biological information, mainly due to the diversity of biological subject matter and the complexity of(More)
Consumption has been a scourge of mankind since ancient times. This illness has charged a high price to human lives. Many efforts have been made to defeat Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mt). The M. tuberculosis purine nucleoside phosphorylase (MtPNP) is considered an interesting target to pursuit new potential inhibitors, inasmuch it belongs to the purine(More)