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We report on the development and validation of a new version of DOCK. The algorithm has been rewritten in a modular format, which allows for easy implementation of new scoring functions, sampling methods and analysis tools. We validated the sampling algorithm with a test set of 114 protein-ligand complexes. Using an optimized parameter set, we are able to(More)
With an increasing interest in RNA therapeutics and for targeting RNA to treat disease, there is a need for the tools used in protein-based drug design, particularly DOCKing algorithms, to be extended or adapted for nucleic acids. Here, we have compiled a test set of RNA-ligand complexes to validate the ability of the DOCK suite of programs to successfully(More)
We report unrestrained, all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of HIV-1 protease that sample large conformational changes of the active site flaps. In particular, the unliganded protease undergoes multiple conversions between the "closed" and "semiopen" forms observed in crystal structures of inhibitor-bound and unliganded protease, respectively, including(More)
Fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs), in particular FABP5 and FABP7, have recently been identified by us as intracellular transporters for the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA). Furthermore, animal studies by others have shown that elevated levels of endocannabinoids resulted in beneficial pharmacological effects on stress, pain and inflammation and also(More)
This manuscript presents the latest algorithmic and methodological developments to the structure-based design program DOCK 6.7 focused on an updated internal energy function, new anchor selection control, enhanced minimization options, a footprint similarity scoring function, a symmetry-corrected root-mean-square deviation algorithm, a database filter, and(More)
In conjunction with the recent American Chemical Society symposium titled "Docking and Scoring: A Review of Docking Programs" the performance of the DOCK6 program was evaluated through (1) pose reproduction and (2) database enrichment calculations on a common set of organizer-specified systems and datasets (ASTEX, DUD, WOMBAT). Representative baseline grid(More)
The endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) is an antinociceptive lipid that is inactivated through cellular uptake and subsequent catabolism by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) are intracellular carriers that deliver AEA and related N-acylethanolamines (NAEs) to FAAH for hydrolysis. The mammalian brain expresses three FABP(More)
Point mutations in the influenza virus enzyme neuraminidase (NA) have been reported that lead to dramatic loss of activity for known NA inhibitors including the FDA approved sialic acid mimics zanamivir and oseltamivir. A more complete understanding of the molecular basis for such resistance is a critical component toward development of improved(More)
Monte Carlo/free energy perturbation (MC/FEP) calculations were used to evaluate the binding free energy change for HIV-RT/inhibitor complexes upon L100I mutation. Inhibitor size and flexibility adjacent to hydrogen-bonding sites are evident as important considerations for antiviral drug design.
Absolute free energies of hydration (ΔGhyd) for more than 500 neutral and charged compounds have been computed, using Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) and Generalized Born (GB) continuum methods plus a solvent-accessible surface area (SA) term, to evaluate the accuracy of eight simple point-charge models used in molecular modeling. The goal is to develop improved(More)