Ruibo Wu

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The combined density functional quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach has been used to investigate methyl-transfer reactions catalyzed by the N(5)-glutamine S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-dependent methyltransferase (HemK) and the coenzyme-modified HemK with the replacement of SAM by a nitrogen analogue. Calculations reveal that the(More)
Development of isoform-selective histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors is of great biological and medical interest. Among 11 zinc-dependent HDAC isoforms, it is particularly challenging to achieve isoform inhibition selectivity between HDAC1 and HDAC2 due to their very high structural similarities. In this work, by developing and applying a novel de novo(More)
High-performance computing (HPC) has become a state strategic technology in a number of countries. One hypothesis is that HPC can accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation. Our experimental data demonstrate that HPC can significantly accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation by employing molecular dynamics-based virtual screening (MDVS). Without using HPC, MDVS(More)
Although natural medicines are generally considered to be safer than synthetic medicines, some reports on toxicity of many herb drugs, for example Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), attract more and more common public attention recently. The reasons for these cardiovascular toxic effects are not always satisfactory. Not all these clinical symptoms can be(More)
Combined QM(PM3)/MM molecular dynamics simulations together with QM(DFT)/MM optimizations for key configurations have been performed to elucidate the enzymatic catalysis mechanism on the detoxification of paraoxon by phosphotriesterase (PTE). In the simulations, the PM3 parameters for the phosphorous atom were reoptimized. The equilibrated configuration of(More)
Sugar-base C(1')-N(1) and phosphate-sugar C(5')-O(5') bond breakings of 2'-deoxycytidine-5'-monophosphates (dCMP) and 2'-deoxythymidine-5'- monophosphates (dTMP) and their radical anions have been explored theoretically at the B3LYP/DZP++ level of theory. Calculations show that the low-energy electrons attachment to the pyrimidine nucleotides results in(More)
The Mg-dependent 5-epi-aristolochene synthase from Nicotiana tabacum (called TEAS) could catalyze the linear farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) substrate to form bicyclic hydrocarbon 5-epi-aristolochene. The cyclization reaction mechanism of TEAS was proposed based on static crystal structures and quantum chemistry calculations in a few previous studies, but(More)
Bromodomains (BRDs) are protein modules that selectively recognize histones as a "reader" by binding to an acetylated lysine substrate. The human BRD4 has emerged as a promising drug target for a number of disease pathways, and several potent BRD inhibitors have been discovered experimentally recently. However, the detailed inhibition mechanism especially(More)
Zinc-dependent histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a critical role in transcriptional repression and gene silencing, and are among the most attractive targets for the development of new therapeutics against cancer and various other diseases. Two HDAC inhibitors have been approved by FDA as anti-cancer drugs: one is SAHA whose hydroxamate is directly bound to(More)
Discovery of the isoform-selective histone deacetylases (HDACs) inhibitors is of great medical importance and still a challenge. The comparison studies on the structure-function relationship of the conserved residues, which are located in the linker binding channel among class I HDACs (including 4 isoforms: HDAC1/2/3/8), have been carried out by using ab(More)