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In this study, we aimed to develop a new ligand-based virtual screening approach using an effective shape-overlapping procedure and a more robust scoring function (denoted by the HWZ score for convenience). The HWZ score-based virtual screening approach was tested against the compounds for 40 protein targets available in the Database of Useful Decoys (DUD;(More)
AIM Alpha7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR) is a ligand-gated Ca(2+)-permeable ion channel implicated in cognition and neuropsychiatric disorders. Activation of α7 nAChR improves learning, memory, and sensory gating in animal models. To identify novel α7 nAChR agonists, we synthesized a series of small molecules and characterized a representative(More)
We present an efficient and rational ligand/structure shape-based virtual screening approach combining our previous ligand shape-based similarity SABRE (shape-approach-based routines enhanced) and the 3D shape of the receptor binding site. Our approach exploits the pharmacological preferences of a number of known active ligands to take advantage of the(More)
Two factors contribute to the inefficiency associated with screening pharmaceutical library collections as a means of identifying new drugs: [1] the limited success of virtual screening (VS) methods in identifying new scaffolds; [2] the limited accuracy of computational methods in predicting off-target effects. We recently introduced a 3D shape-based(More)
Intermolecular dihydrogen bond O-H···H-Ge in the electronically excited state of the dihydrogen-bonded phenol-triethylgermanium (TEGH) complex was studied theoretically using time-dependent density functional theory. Analysis of the frontier molecular orbitals revealed a locally excited S(1) state in which only the phenol moiety is electronically excited.(More)
The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) method has been carried out to investigate the excited-state hydrogen-bonding dynamics of 4-aminophthalimide (4AP) in hydrogen-donating water solvent. The infrared spectra of the hydrogen-bonded solute-solvent complexes in electronically excited state have been calculated using the TDDFT method. We have(More)
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