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Calmodulin (CaM) is a ubiquitous second messenger protein that regulates a variety of structurally and functionally diverse targets in response to changes in Ca(2+) concentration. CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and calcineurin (CaN) are the prominent CaM targets that play an opposing role in many cellular functions including synaptic regulation.(More)
BACKGROUND Humans are exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals in the environment. Some chemicals mimic natural endocrine hormones and, thus, have the potential to be endocrine disruptors. Most of these chemicals have never been tested for their ability to interact with the estrogen receptor (ER). Risk assessors need tools to prioritize chemicals for(More)
The thyroid hormone receptor (THR) is an important member of the nuclear receptor family that can be activated by endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC). Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models have been developed to facilitate the prioritization of THR-mediated EDC for the experimental validation. The largest database of binding affinities(More)
As part of the CSAR 2013 benchmark exercise, we have implemented a hybrid docking and scoring workflow to rank 10 steroid ligands of an engineered digoxigenin-binding protein. Schrödinger's Glide docking software was used to generate poses for each steroid ligand and rank them according to both standard docking precision (SP) and extra docking precision(More)
The CSAR 2014 exercise provided an important benchmark for testing current approaches for pose identification and ligand ranking using three X-ray characterized proteins: Factor Xa (FXa), Spleen Tyrosine Kinase (SYK), and tRNA Methyltransferase (TRMD). In Phase 1 of the exercise, we employed Glide and MedusaDock docking software, both individually and in(More)
The ability to determine which environmental chemicals pose the greatest potential threats to human health remains one of the major concerns in regulatory toxicology. Computational methods that can accurately predict a chemical’s toxic potential in silico are increasingly sought-after to replace in vitro high-throughput screening (HTS) as well as(More)
Structural alerts are widely accepted in chemical toxicology and regulatory decision support as a simple and transparent means to flag potential chemical hazards or group compounds into categories for read-across. However, there has been a growing concern that alerts disproportionally flag too many chemicals as toxic, which questions their reliability as(More)
It has been reported that quercetin is an activator of rat vitamin D receptor (rVDR). However, the conclusion was based on experiments performed without all the appropriate control groups, raising the possibility of a false-positive finding. Furthermore, distinct differences exist in the chemical structures of quercetin and 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, which(More)
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