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Exploiting solvent effects in drug design and optimization

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Journal of Cheminformatics20146 (Suppl 1) :P43

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  • Binding Energy
  • Ligand Binding
  • Solvent Molecule
  • Binding Pocket
  • Solvent Effect

Upon ligand binding, solvent molecules around the binding pocket and the ligand become displaced or rearranged. These desolvation energies can be a significant portion of the total binding energy, and thus represent opportunities for ligand design. Computing desolvation energetics typically requires lengthy simulations, but this talk presents a fast and easy-to-use method (3D-RISM) which computes desolvation energies in minutes, without using explicit simulations. Application to ligand optimization is demonstrated using case studies.

Authors’ Affiliations

Vertex, Laval, H7V 4A7, Canada
Chemical Computing Group, Köln, 50672, Germany
Chemical Computing Group, Montreal, H3A 2R7, Canada


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