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FREE ENERGY SIMULATIONS AND STRUCTURAL STUDIES OF PROTEIN-LIGAND BINDING AND ALLOSTERY [article]

(:Unkn) Unknown, Vincent Voelz, Ronald M. Levy, University, My
2020
Protein-ligand binding and protein allostery play a crucial role in cell signaling, cell regulation, and modern drug discovery. In recent years, experimental studies of protein structures including crystallography, NMR, and Cryo-EM are widely used to investigate the functional and inhibitory properties of a protein. On the one hand, structural classification and feature identification of the structures of protein kinases, HIV proteins, and other extensively studied proteins would have an
more » ... ould have an increasingly important role in depicting the general figures of the conformational landscape of those proteins. On the other hand, free energy calculations which include the conformational and binding free energy calculation, which provides the thermodynamics basis of protein allostery and inhibitor binding, have proven its ability to guide new inhibitor discovery and protein functional studies. In this dissertation, I have used multiple different analysis and free energy methods to understand the significance of the conformational and binding free energy landscapes of protein kinases and other disease-related proteins and developed a novel alchemical-based free energy method, restrain free energy release (R-FEP-R) to overcome the difficulties in choosing appropriate collective variables and pathways in conformational free energy methods like umbrella sampling and metadynamics.
doi:10.34944/dspace/1390 fatcat:smjq5bgjrjdyhf3qfyvg73zsqu