Volker Hähnke

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We present a ligand-based virtual screening technique (PhAST) for rapid hit and lead structure searching in large compound databases. Molecules are represented as strings encoding the distribution of pharmacophoric features on the molecular graph. In contrast to other text-based methods using SMILES strings, we introduce a new form of text representation(More)
BACKGROUND De novo design of drug-like compounds with a desired pharmacological activity profile has become feasible through innovative computer algorithms. Fragment-based design and simulated chemical reactions allow for the rapid generation of candidate compounds as blueprints for organic synthesis. METHODS We used a combination of complementary(More)
Modulation of protein-protein interactions (PPI) has emerged as a new concept in rational drug design. Here, we present a computational protocol for identifying potential PPI inhibitors. Relevant regions of interfaces (epitopes) are predicted for three-dimensional protein models and serve as queries for virtual compound screening. We present a computational(More)
Previously, we proposed a ligand-based virtual screening technique (PhAST) based on global alignment of linearized interaction patterns. Here, we applied techniques developed for similarity assessment in local sequence alignments to our method resulting in p-values for chemical similarity. We compared two sampling strategies, a simple sampling strategy and(More)
Antimicrobial activity of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (SXT) against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is antagonized by thymidine, which is abundant in infected or inflamed human tissue. To restore the antimicrobial activity of SXT in the presence of thymidine, we screened for small-molecule inhibitors of S. aureus thymidine kinase with non-nucleoside(More)
We present an integrated approach to identify and optimize a novel class of γ-secretase modulators (GSMs) with a unique pharmacological profile. Our strategy included (i) virtual screening through application of a recently developed protocol (PhAST), (ii) synthetic chemistry to discover structure-activity relationships, and (iii) detailed in vitro(More)
BACKGROUND Developing structure-activity relationships (SARs) of molecules is an important approach in facilitating hit exploration in the early stage of drug discovery. Although information on millions of compounds and their bioactivities is freely available to the public, it is very challenging to infer a meaningful and novel SAR from that information. (More)
Previously, (Hähnke et al., J Comput Chem 2009, 30, 761) we presented the Pharmacophore Alignment Search Tool (PhAST), a ligand-based virtual screening technique representing molecules as strings coding pharmacophoric features and comparing them by global pairwise sequence alignment. To guarantee unambiguity during the reduction of two-dimensional molecular(More)
The text-based similarity searching method Pharmacophore Alignment Search Tool is grounded on pairwise comparisons of potential pharmacophoric points between a query and screening compounds. The underlying scoring matrix is of critical importance for successful virtual screening and hit retrieval from large compound libraries. Here, we compare three(More)