Surflex-Dock 2.1: Robust performance from ligand energetic modeling, ring flexibility, and knowledge-based search

Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, UCSF Cancer Research Institute, University of California-San Francisco, Box 0128, San Francisco, CA 94143-0128, USA.
Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (Impact Factor: 2.78). 06/2007; 21(5):281-306. DOI: 10.1007/s10822-007-9114-2
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The Surflex flexible molecular docking method has been generalized and extended in two primary areas related to the search component of docking. First, incorporation of a small-molecule force-field extends the search into Cartesian coordinates constrained by internal ligand energetics. Whereas previous versions searched only the alignment and acyclic torsional space of the ligand, the new approach supports dynamic ring flexibility and all-atom optimization of docked ligand poses. Second, knowledge of well established molecular interactions between ligand fragments and a target protein can be directly exploited to guide the search process. This offers advantages in some cases over the search strategy where ligand alignment is guided solely by a "protomol" (a pre-computed molecular representation of an idealized ligand). Results are presented on both docking accuracy and screening utility using multiple publicly available benchmark data sets that place Surflex's performance in the context of other molecular docking methods. In terms of docking accuracy, Surflex-Dock 2.1 performs as well as the best available methods. In the area of screening utility, Surflex's performance is extremely robust, and it is clearly superior to other methods within the set of cases for which comparative data are available, with roughly double the screening enrichment performance.

1 Follower
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Polypharmacology, which focuses on designing drugs to target multiple receptors, has emerged as a new paradigm in drug discovery. To rationally design multi-target drugs, it is fundamental to understand protein-ligand interactions on a proteome scale. We have developed a Proteome-wide Off-target Pipeline (POP) that integrates ligand binding site analysis, protein-ligand docking, the statistical analysis of docking scores, and electrostatic potential calculations. The utility of POP is demonstrated by a case study, in which the molecular mechanism of anti-cancer effect of Nelfinavir is hypothesized. By combining structural proteome-wide off-target identification and systems biology, it is possible for us to correlate drug perturbations with clinical outcomes.
    Tsinghua Science & Technology 06/2014; 19(3):275-284. DOI:10.1109/TST.2014.6838198
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Inhibition mechanism(s) of protein kinase B/Akt1 and its consequences on related cell signaling were investigated in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells exposed to 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (4-HNE), one of the most reactive aldehyde by-products of lipid peroxidation. In silico data indicate that 4-HNE interacts with kinase domain of Akt1 with the total docking score of 6.0577 and also forms H-bond to Glu234 residue similar to highly potent Akt1 inhibitor imidazopiperidine analog 8b, in which the protonated imidazole nitrogen involves in two hydrogen bonds between Glu234 and Asp292. The strong hydrogen bonding with Glu234 and hydrophobic interactions with several residues, namely Leu156, Gly157, Val164, Ala177, Tyr229, Ala230, Met281 and Thr291, at the vicinity which is normally occupied by the ribose of ATP, appear to be the main causes of Akt1 inhibition and lead to the significant conformational change on this region of protein. Results of mutational docking prove that Glu234 plays a major role in 4-HNE-mediated Akt1 inhibition. In silico data on Akt inhibition were further validated by observing the down-regulated levels of phosphorylated (Thr308/Ser493) Akt1 as well as the altered levels of the downstream targets of pAkt, namely downregulated levels of pGSK3β (Ser9), β-catenin, Bcl2 and upregulated levels of pro-apoptotic markers, namely Bad, Bax, P(53) and caspase-9/3. The cellular fate of such pAkt inhibition was evidenced by increased reactive oxygen species, degraded nuclei, transferase dUTP nick end labeling positive cells and upregulated levels of pJNK1/2. We identified that 4-HNE-mediated Akt1 inhibition was due to the competitive inhibition of ATP by 4-HNE at the kinase domain of ATP binding sites.
    Archives of Toxicology 05/2014; 89(2). DOI:10.1007/s00204-014-1260-4 · 5.08 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an emerging attractive target for the discovery of novel cancer therapeutic agents. Docking methods are powerful in silico tools for lead generation and optimization. In our mission to rationally develop novel effective small molecules against Hsp90, we predicted the potency of our designed compounds by Sybyl surflex Geom X docking method. The results of the above studies revealed that Schiff bases derived from 2,4-dihydroxy benzaldehyde/5-chloro-2,4-dihydroxy benzaldehyde demonstrated effective binding with the protein. Subsequently, a few of them were synthesized (1–10) and characterized by IR, 1HNMR and mass spectral analysis. The synthesized molecules were evaluated for their potential to suppress Hsp90 ATPase activity by Malachite green assay. The anticancer studies were performed by 3-(4,5-dimethythiazol- 2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay method. The software generated results was in satisfactory agreement with the evaluated biological activity.
    Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & pharmacotherapie 04/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.biopha.2014.01.003 · 2.11 Impact Factor


1 Download
Available from