<< Chapter < Page Chapter >> Page >

Knowledge-based scoring functions

Knowledge-based scoring functions are derived from a statistical analysis of structures of protein-ligand complexes in the RCSB Protein Databank (PDB). Searches are made for each possible pair of atoms in contact with each other. Interactions found to occur more frequently than would be predicted by random chance are considered attractive (stabilizing), and interactions that occur less frequently are considered repulsive (destabilizing). Examples of knowledge-based scoring functions include Muegge’s Potential of Mean Force function [3] and DrugScore [4] .

Rigid receptor docking

Parameterization of the problem

Many docking algorithms make the simplifying, but potentially quite inaccurate, assumption that the receptor is a rigid object and attempt to dock the ligand to it. The receptor conformation used is generally one from a receptor-ligand complex whose structure has been determined by x-ray crystallography or NMR spectroscopy. Because the receptor cannot move, the degrees of freedom of the problem are those of the ligand: three translational, three global-rotational, and one internal dihedral rotation for each rotatable bond. It is generally assumed that bond lengths and the angles formed by adjacent bonds do not change, and on the scale of most ligands (10 to 40 atoms), this assumption is a reasonable one. Docking to a rigid receptor is thus an optimization problem over a 6 + n dimensional space, where n is the number of rotatable bonds in the ligand.

Examples of rigid-receptor docking programs

Autodock 3.0

Autodock is actually a set of closely related programs and algorithms developed at the Scripps Research Institute and the University of California at San Diego.

Search technique

Autodock can use one of several optimization methods to search for the best placement of the ligand:

  • Simulated annealing: At each step of simulated annealing, the position and internal rotational state of the ligand is adjusted and the energy calculated. If the energy decreases, the move is accepted. If not, it may be accepted with some probability that depends on the current temperature of the annealing. As the search goes on, the temperature is decreased, and eventually, the final state of the ligand is returned as the docked conformation. Because simulated annealing is a Monte Carlo (randomized) method, different runs will generally produce different solutions.
  • A genetic algorithm: The genetic algorithm represents the states of the degrees of freedom of the ligand as a string of digits, and this string is referred to as a gene. A population of different genes is generated at random, and each is scored using the Autodock energy function. Genes are selected to form the next population based on their score, with better scoring genes more likely to be selected. A gene may be selected more than once, and some may not be selected at all. Pairs of the selected genes are allowed to cross over with each other. In this process, a segment of the gene is selected and the values in this range are exchanged between them. The hope is that by combined two partially good solutions, we will eventually find a better solution.
  • a Lamarckian genetic algorithm (LGA): This is the same as the standard genetic algorithm except that, before they are scored, each conformation (gene) is subjected to energy minimization. The next population is then founded by members of this energy-minimized population. The name "Lamarckian" refers to the failed genetic theory of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who held that an organism could pass on changed experienced in its lifetime to its offspring. This theory was eventually abandoned in favor of Mendel's now-familiar laws of inheritance. The LGA is faster than both simulated annealing and the standard genetic algorithm, and it allows the docking of ligands with more degrees of freedom.

Questions & Answers

do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
Privacy Information Security Software Version 1.1a
Berger describes sociologists as concerned with
Mueller Reply
Got questions? Join the online conversation and get instant answers!
QuizOver.com Reply

Get the best Algebra and trigonometry course in your pocket!

Source:  OpenStax, Geometric methods in structural computational biology. OpenStax CNX. Jun 11, 2007 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10344/1.6
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'Geometric methods in structural computational biology' conversation and receive update notifications?