Comparison of Computational Methods to Model DNA Minor Groove Binders


There has been a profound interest in designing small molecules that interact in sequence-selective fashion with DNA minor grooves. However, most in silico approaches have not been parametrized for DNA ligand interaction. In this regard, a systematic computational analysis of 57 available PDB structures of noncovalent DNA minor groove binders has been undertaken. The study starts with a rigorous benchmarking of GOLD, GLIDE, CDOCKER, and AUTODOCK docking protocols followed by developing QSSR models and finally molecular dynamics simulations. In GOLD and GLIDE, the orientation of the best score pose is closer to the lowest rmsd pose, and the deviation in the conformation of various poses is also smaller compared to other docking protocols. Efficient QSSR models were developed with constitutional, topological, and quantum chemical descriptors on the basis of B3LYP/6-31G* optimized geometries, and with this ΔT(m) values of 46 ligands were predicted. Molecular dynamics simulations of the 14 DNA-ligand complexes with Amber 8.0 show that the complexes are stable in aqueous conditions and do not undergo noticeable fluctuations during the 5 ns production run, with respect to their initial placement in the minor groove region.

DOI: 10.1021/ci100474n

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@article{Srivastava2011ComparisonOC, title={Comparison of Computational Methods to Model DNA Minor Groove Binders}, author={Hemant Kumar Srivastava and Mukesh Chourasia and Devesh Kumar and G. Narahari Sastry}, journal={Journal of chemical information and modeling}, year={2011}, volume={51 3}, pages={558-71} }