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)
Nearly all known biological warfare agents are intended for aerosol application. Although less effective as potable water threats, many are potentially capable of inflicting heavy casualties when ingested. Significant loss of mission capability can be anticipated even when complete recovery is possible. Properly maintained field army water purification(More)
Correlation vector methods were tested for their usefulness in ligand-based virtual screening. Three molecular descriptors--two based on potential pharmacophore points and one on partial atom charges--and three similarity measures--the Manhattan distance, the Euclidian distance and the Tanimoto coefficient--were compared. The alignment-free descriptors seem(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)
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)
The structure- and chemistry-based hierarchical organization of library scaffolds in tree-like arrangements provides a valid, intuitive means to map and navigate chemical space. We demonstrate that scaffold trees built using bioactivity as the key selection criterion for structural simplification during tree construction allow efficient and intuitive(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)
Identification of meaningful chemical patterns in the increasing amounts of high-throughput-generated bioactivity data available today is an increasingly important challenge for successful drug discovery. Herein, we present the scaffold network as a novel approach for mapping and navigation of chemical and biological space. A scaffold network represents the(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)
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. Its long-term modulating affect on synaptic transmission is mediated by the metabo-tropic glutamate receptors (mGluR), [1] a family of class III G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) proteins. This class of GPCRs is characterized by the typical seven transmembrane domain(More)