Targeting protein dynamics in drug design
© Wade; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013
Published: 22 March 2013
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 [1–3]. 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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