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Exploiting solvent effects in drug design and optimization

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.


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Truchon, J., Grabowski, K., Sander, B. et al. Exploiting solvent effects in drug design and optimization. J Cheminform 6, P43 (2014).

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