Xiliang Zheng

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We report here the investigation of a novel description of specificity in protein-ligand binding based on energy landscape theory. We define a new term, intrinsic specificity ratio (ISR), which describes the level of discrimination in binding free energies of the native basin for a protein-ligand complex from the weaker binding states of the same ligand. We(More)
PREMISE OF THE STUDY Microsatellite markers were developed in Myrica rubra to investigate potential hybridization events within or between M. rubra and its closely related species. METHODS AND RESULTS Using an ISSR-suppression PCR method, 12 primer pairs were temporarily developed with GSG(GT)(6) as the primer for enriching microsatellite sequences and(More)
We uncovered the universal statistical laws for the biomolecular recognition/binding process. We quantified the statistical energy landscapes for binding, from which we can characterize the distributions of the binding free energy (affinity), the equilibrium constants, the kinetics and the specificity by exploring the different ligands binding with a(More)
The identification and application of druggable pockets of targets play a key role in in silico drug design, which is a fundamental step in structure-based drug design. Herein, some recent progresses and developments of the computational analysis of pockets have been covered. Also, the pockets at the protein–protein interfaces (PPI) have been considered to(More)
The affinity and specificity of drugs with human serum albumin (HSA) are crucial factors influencing the bioactivity of drugs. To gain insight into the carrier function of HSA, the binding of levamlodipine with HSA has been investigated as a model system by a combined experimental and theoretical/computational approach. The fluorescence properties of HSA(More)
Pancreatic cancer is considered a lethal and treatment-refractory disease. To obtain a potent anticancer drug, the cytotoxic effect of 2-(benzo[d]oxazol-3(2H)-ylmethyl)-5-((cyclohexylamino)methyl)benzene-1,4-diol, dihydrochloride (NSC48693) on human pancreatic cancer cells CFPAC-1, MiaPaCa-2, and BxPC-3 was assessed in vitro. The proliferation of CFPAC-1,(More)
Pancreatic cancer is one of lethal and poor prognostic malignancies. Due to the absence of effective detecting methods, quite a number of efforts have been made to improve a survival advantage for treatment in patients with pancreatic cancer. Over the past decade, single-agent gemcitabine and gemcitabine-containing combinations were considered standard(More)
In protein-ligand docking, an optimization algorithm is used to find the best binding pose of a ligand against a protein target. This algorithm plays a vital role in determining the docking accuracy. To evaluate the relative performance of different optimization algorithms and provide guidance for real applications, we performed a comparative study on six(More)
Computer-aided drug design (CADD) plays significant roles in all stages of today's drug discovery. Many CADD technologies and methods were employed in finding promising hits against different targets during the past several decades. In this review, the most common molecular modeling methods applied to computer-aided drug design are discussed. However, how(More)