Mahendra Awale

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SMIfp (SMILES fingerprint) is defined here as a scalar fingerprint describing organic molecules by counting the occurrences of 34 different symbols in their SMILES strings, which creates a 34-dimensional chemical space. Ligand-based virtual screening using the city-block distance CBD(SMIfp) as similarity measure provides good AUC values and enrichment(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) molecular shape and pharmacophores are important determinants of the biological activity of organic molecules; however, a precise computation of 3D-shape is generally too slow for virtual screening of very large databases. A reinvestigation of the concept of atom pairs initially reported by Carhart et al. and extended by Schneider et(More)
Inhibition of leukocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) activity offers one of the approaches for the treatment of T-cell mediated inflammatory disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, transplant rejection and inflammatory bowel disease. To explore the relationship between the structures of the N-4 Pyrimidinyl-1H-indazol-4-amines and their Lck(More)
BACKGROUND Tools to explore large compound databases in search for analogs of query molecules provide a strategically important support in drug discovery to help identify available analogs of any given reference or hit compound by ligand based virtual screening (LBVS). We recently showed that large databases can be formatted for very fast searching with(More)
The current therapy for leishmaniasis is not sufficient and it has two severe drawbacks, host-toxicity and drug resistance. The substantial knowledge of parasite biology is not yet translating into novel drugs for leishmaniasis. Based on this observation, a 3D structural model of Leishmania mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) homologue has been(More)
Herein we review our recent efforts in searching for bioactive ligands by enumeration and virtual screening of the unknown chemical space of small molecules. Enumeration from first principles shows that almost all small molecules (>99.9%) have never been synthesized and are still available to be prepared and tested. We discuss open access sources of(More)
Human cancers are characterized by an up-regulation of some of the RTKs (EGFR and HER2) and have been clinically validated as targets for cancer therapy. C4 and C5 substituted pyrrolotriazines showed dual inhibition of HER2 and EGFR protein tyrosine kinases. To explore the relationship between the structures of the aforementioned classes of molecules and(More)
The MQN-mapplet is a Java application giving access to the structure of small molecules in large databases via color-coded maps of their chemical space. These maps are projections from a 42-dimensional property space defined by 42 integer value descriptors called molecular quantum numbers (MQN), which count different categories of atoms, bonds, polar(More)
While a plethora of ligands are known for the well studied α7 and α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), only very few ligands address the related α3β2 nAChR expressed in the central nervous system and at the neuromuscular junction. Starting with the public database ChEMBL organized in the chemical space of Molecular Quantum Numbers (MQN, a series(More)
An Internet portal accessible at has been set up to automatically generate color-coded similarity maps of the ChEMBL database in relation to up to two sets of active compounds taken from the enhanced Directory of Useful Decoys (eDUD), a random set of molecules, or up to two sets of user-defined reference molecules. These maps visualize the(More)