Special Issue "In-Silico Drug Design and In-Silico Screening"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)
Prof. Dr. Iwao Ojima
Prof. Dr. Robert C. Rizzo
Computer modeling’s overall usefulness in the drug discovery process is well established. Such modeling at the atomic level is an integral part of the paradigm of "structure-based design." Computational approaches, such as docking, can be used to predict how a small molecule ligand binds to a target. Given the recent advances in large-scale computing, large ligand libraries on the order of several millions of compounds can be effectively screened in silico to identify promising drug leads (virtual screening) for experimental testing. The screening of smaller molecular fragments using computers is another powerful approach. This screening can be used to identify binding site "hotpots" for which specific regions can be targeted with specific functional groups that have good steric and energetic complementarity. Other computational methods, such as de novo design, provide unique leverage for the informed design of new ligands "from scratch", as well as refinement of current leads prior to organic synthesis. Importantly, an active area of research for many research groups is continued improvement of the algorithms controlling the sampling and scoring of the inter- and intra molecular degrees of freedom that define a ligand binding geometry (pose). In this Special Issue of Molecules entitled "In-Silico Drug Design and In-Silico Screening", we invite manuscript submissions that discuss both the development and the application of computational methods. Original research articles or reviews that combine computational predications with experimental testing and verification are especially welcome.
Dr. Robert C. Rizzo
Dr. Iwao Ojima
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- structure-based drug design
- computer-aided drug design
- in silico drug design
- virtual screening
- in silico screening
- lead discovery
- binding pose identification
- database enrichment
- drug discovery