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A major problem in virtual screening concerns the accuracy of the binding free energy between a target protein and a putative ligand. Here we report an example supporting the outperformance of the AutoDock scoring function in virtual screening in comparison to the other popular docking programs. The original AutoDock program is in itself inefficient to be(More)
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 is responsible for the oxidative degradation of more than 50% of clinically used drugs. By means of molecular dynamics simulations with the newly developed force field parameters for the heme-thiolate group and its dioxygen adduct, we examine the differences in structural and dynamic properties between CYP3A4 in the resting form(More)
The design and discovery of selective cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4) inhibitors have been actively pursued in order to develop therapeutic cancer treatments. By means of a consecutive computational protocol involving homology modeling, docking experiments, and molecular dynamics simulations, we examine the characteristic structural and dynamic properties(More)
Memapsin 2 (BACE) is an aspartyl protease known as beta-secretase that acts on the production of the beta-amyloid peptide in the human brain, a key event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. Although it is expected that the net charge of the catalytic Asp diad would be -1 as in other kinds of aspartyl proteases, the exact protonation states of Asp32(More)
As an effort to develop therapeutics for cancer treatments, a number of effective histone deacetylase inhibitors with structural diversity have been discovered. To gain insight into optimizing the activity of an identified lead compound, a computational protocol sequentially involving homology modeling, docking experiments, molecular dynamics simulation,(More)
The discovery of selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors represents a major achievement of the efforts over the past few decades to develop therapeutic treatments for inflammation. To gain insights into designing new COX-2-selective inhibitors, we address the energetic and structural basis for the selective inhibition of COX isozymes by means of a(More)
A peptide-cleaving catalyst selective for peptide deformylase (PDF) was obtained from a library containing about 15 000 catalyst candidates. The catalyst cleaved the polypeptide backbone of PDF at Gln(152)-Arg(153). Docking simulations suggested multiple modes of interactions in the complex formed between the catalyst and PDF.
Structural and mechanistic studies of the hairpin ribozyme have been actively pursued over the last two decades to understand its catalytic strategy for RNA hydrolysis. Based on molecular dynamics simulations with the newly developed force field parameters for a vanadium-oxygen complex, we investigate the dynamic properties of the hairpin ribozyme in(More)
We consider the kinetics of diffusion-influenced reactions which involve a reactant species that can be modeled as a sphere with two reactive patches located on its surface at an arbitrary angular distance. An approximate analytic expression for the rate coefficient is derived based on the Wilemski-Fixman-Weiss decoupling approximation and a multivariable(More)