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Two major components are required for a successful prediction of the three-dimensional structure of peptides and proteins: an efficient global optimization procedure which is capable of finding an appropriate local minimum for the strongly anisotropic function of hundreds of variables, and a set of free energy components for a protein molecule in solution(More)
We developed a new computational algorithm for the accurate identification of ligand binding envelopes rather than surface binding sites. We performed a large scale classification of the identified envelopes according to their shape and physicochemical properties. The predicting algorithm, called PocketFinder, uses a transformation of the Lennard-Jones(More)
Eight protein-ligand complexes were simulated by using global optimization of a complex energy function, including solvation, surface tension, and side-chain entropy in the internal coordinate space of the flexible ligand and the receptor side chains [Abagyan, R.A., Totrov, M.M. J. Mol. Biol. 235: 983-1002, 1994]. The procedure uses two types of efficient(More)
The ICM-DISCO (Docking and Interface Side-Chain Optimization) protein-protein-docking method is a direct stochastic global energy optimization from multiple starting positions of the ligand. The first step is performed by docking of a rigid all-atom ligand molecule to a set of soft receptor potentials precalculated on a 0.5 A grid from realistic(More)
A fast and reliable evaluation of the binding energy from a single conformation of a molecular complex is an important practical task. Knowledge-based scoring schemes may not be sufficiently general and transferable, while molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo calculations with explicit solvent are too computationally expensive for many applications. Recently,(More)
Recent advances in structural proteomics call for development of fast and reliable automatic methods for prediction of functional surfaces of proteins with known three-dimensional structure, including binding sites for known and unknown protein partners as well as oligomerization interfaces. Despite significant progress the problem is still far from being(More)
Treatment of hyperthyroidism, a common clinical condition that can have serious manifestations in the elderly, has remained essentially unchanged for >30 years. Directly antagonizing the effect of the thyroid hormone at the receptor level may be a significant improvement for the treatment of hyperthyroid patients. We built a computer model of the thyroid(More)
We have performed a comparative assessment of several programs for flexible molecular docking: DOCK 4.0, FlexX 1.8, AutoDock 3.0, GOLD 1.2 and ICM 2.8. This was accomplished using two different studies: docking experiments on a data set of 37 protein-ligand complexes and screening a library containing 10,037 entries against 11 different proteins. The(More)