Malgorzata N. Drwal

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The combination of ligand- and structure-based molecular modelling methods has become a common approach in virtual screening. This review describes different strategies for integration of ligand- and structure-based methods which can be divided into sequential, parallel or hybrid approaches. Although no thorough performance comparisons between combined(More)
Post-marketing drug withdrawals can be associated with various events, ranging from safety issues such as reported deaths or severe side-effects, to a multitude of non-safety problems including lack of efficacy, manufacturing, regulatory or business issues. During the last century, the majority of drugs voluntarily withdrawn from the market or prohibited by(More)
Animal trials are currently the major method for determining the possible toxic effects of drug candidates and cosmetics. In silico prediction methods represent an alternative approach and aim to rationalize the preclinical drug development, thus enabling the reduction of the associated time, costs and animal experiments. Here, we present ProTox, a web(More)
DNA topoisomerase I (Top1) is over-expressed in tumour cells and is an important target in cancer chemotherapy. It relaxes DNA torsional strain generated during DNA processing by introducing transient single-strand breaks and allowing the broken strand to rotate around the intermediate Top1-DNA covalent complex. This complex can be trapped by a group of(More)
Purely structure-based pharmacophores (SBPs) are an alternative method to ligand-based approaches and have the advantage of describing the entire interaction capability of a binding pocket. Here, we present the development of SBPs for topoisomerase I, an anticancer target with an unusual ligand binding pocket consisting of protein and DNA atoms. Different(More)
To assess the toxicity of new chemicals and drugs, regulatory agencies require in vivo testing for many toxic endpoints, resulting in millions of animal experiments conducted each year. However, following the Replace, Reduce, Refine (3R) principle, the development and optimization of alternative methods, in particular in silico methods, has been put into(More)
DNA topoisomerases are enzymes responsible for the relaxation of DNA torsional strain, as well as for the untangling of DNA duplexes after replication, and are important cancer drug targets. One class of topoisomerase inhibitors, "poisons", binds to the transient enzyme-DNA complex which occurs during the mechanism of action, and inhibits the religation of(More)
Previous phytochemical investigation of the leaves and seeds of Pittosporum angustifolium Lodd. led to the isolation and structural elucidation of polyphenols and triterpene saponins. Evaluation for cytotoxicity of isolated saponins revealed that the predominant structural feature for a cytotoxic activity are acyl substituents at the oleanane aglycon(More)
  • Malgorzata N Drwal, Esther Kellenberger, L Ferreira, Santos R, Oliva G, Andricopulo A Molecular
  • 2016
Context: The time-saving and cost-effective virtual screening approach has become an important tool in drug design. The literature of the last decade reports an important number of novel bioactive compounds discovered by structure-based approaches. With the rapid growth of structural information on the proteome, molecular docking has naturally emerged as(More)
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