Sarah L. Kinnings

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The rise of multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis around the world, including in industrialized nations, poses a great threat to human health and defines a need to develop new, effective and inexpensive anti-tubercular agents. Previously we developed a chemical systems biology approach to identify off-targets of major(More)
We report a computational approach that integrates structural bioinformatics, molecular modelling and systems biology to construct a drug-target network on a structural proteome-wide scale. The approach has been applied to the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the causative agent of one of today's most widely spread infectious diseases. The(More)
Docking scoring functions are notoriously weak predictors of binding affinity. They typically assign a common set of weights to the individual energy terms that contribute to the overall energy score; however, these weights should be gene family dependent. In addition, they incorrectly assume that individual interactions contribute toward the total binding(More)
Methods for analyzing complete gene families are becoming of increasing importance to the drug discovery process, because similarities and differences within a family are often the key to understanding functional differences that can be exploited in drug design. We undertake a large-scale structural comparison of protein kinase ATP-binding sites using a(More)
How easy is it to reproduce the results found in a typical computational biology paper? Either through experience or intuition the reader will already know that the answer is with difficulty or not at all. In this paper we attempt to quantify this difficulty by reproducing a previously published paper for different classes of users (ranging from users with(More)
We have developed a new virtual screening (VS) method called LigMatch and evaluated its performance on 13 protein targets using a filtered and clustered version of the directory of useful decoys (DUD). The method uses 3D structural comparison to a crystallographically determined ligand in a bioactive 'template' conformation, using a geometric hashing(More)
Ligand promiscuity, which is now recognized as an extremely common phenomenon, is a major underlying cause of drug toxicity. We have developed a new reverse virtual screening (VS) method called ReverseScreen3D, which can be used to predict the potential protein targets of a query compound of interest. The method uses a 2D fingerprint-based method to select(More)
The large-scale comparison of protein-ligand binding sites is problematic, in that measures of structural similarity are difficult to quantify and are not easily understood in terms of statistical similarity that can ultimately be related to structure and function. We present a binding site matching score the Poisson Index (PI) based upon a well-defined(More)
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