Steffen Renner

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We describe Scaffold Hunter, a highly interactive computer-based tool for navigation in chemical space that fosters intuitive recognition of complex structural relationships associated with bioactivity. The program reads compound structures and bioactivity data, generates compound scaffolds, correlates them in a hierarchical tree-like arrangement, and(More)
Cycles of depalmitoylation and repalmitoylation critically control the steady-state localization and function of various peripheral membrane proteins, such as Ras proto-oncogene products. Interference with acylation using small molecules is a strategy to modulate cellular localization--and thereby unregulated signaling--caused by palmitoylated Ras proteins.(More)
A matter of common sense: a common recognition motif consisting of a negatively charged group five to six bonds away (red) from the (thio)ester functionality (green) and a positively charged tail group ten to twelve bonds away (blue) was identified in two native acyl protein thioesterase 1 (APT1) substrates. This similarity led to the design of potent(More)
A virtual screening method is presented that is grounded on a receptor-derived pharmacophore model termed "virtual ligand" or "pseudo-ligand". The model represents an idealized constellation of potential ligand sites that interact with residues of the binding pocket. For rapid virtual screening of compound libraries the potential pharmacophore points of the(More)
Many three-dimensional (3D) virtual screening concepts, like automated docking or pharmacophore searching, rely on the calculation of a "bioactive" or "receptor-relevant" conformation of a molecule to assess its biological activity. We investigated the dependence of the presence of conformations near the "bioactive" conformation on three-dimensional(More)
Improving the scoring functions for small molecule-protein docking is a highly challenging task in current computational drug design. Here we present a novel consensus scoring concept for the prediction of binding modes for multiple known active ligands. Similar ligands are generally believed to bind to their receptor in a similar fashion. The presumption(More)
The current study investigates the combination of two recently reported techniques for the improvement of homology model-based virtual screening for G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) ligands. First, ligand-supported homology modeling was used to generate receptor models that were in agreement with mutagenesis data and structure-activity relationship(More)
A discriminating pharmacophore model for noncompetitive metabotropic glutamate receptor antagonists of subtype 1 (mGluR1) was developed that facilitated the discovery of moderately active mGluR1 antagonists. One scaffold was selected for the design of several focused libraries where different substitution patterns were introduced. This approach facilitated(More)