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Targeting protein dynamics in drug design

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The dynamic nature of protein structures provides challenges and opportunities for ligand design. I will first discuss some of the different ways in which protein dynamics can be targeted, giving examples from our experience in the design of inhibitors of thymidylate synthase [13]. I will then describe the development of a computational toolbox (TRAPP: TRAnsient Pockets in Proteins) to identify and visualize transient pockets in proteins that may be exploited in ligand design.

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Wade, R.C. Targeting protein dynamics in drug design. J Cheminform 5, O1 (2013) doi:10.1186/1758-2946-5-S1-O1

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Keywords

  • Target Protein
  • Dynamic Nature
  • Drug Design
  • Protein Dynamic
  • Ligand Design