Molecular modeling of drug-DNA interactions: Virtual screening to structure-based design

Edmond Dik Lung MA*, Daniel Shiu Hin Chan, Paul Lee, Maria Hiu Tung Kwan, Chung Hang Leung

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Abstract

Virtual ligand screening (VLS) and structure-based design are strategies that have been routinely used for the development of pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeting enzymes and other protein targets. In recent years, an increased understanding of the role played by nucleic acids in biological systems made DNA an alternative candidate for the development of new drugs. This review highlights some successful applications of molecular modeling in virtual ligand screening and structure-based design of organic and inorganic molecules that target non-canonical nucleic acid structures such as G-quadruplex and triplex DNA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252-1266
Number of pages15
JournalBiochimie
Volume93
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Drug-DNA interactions
  • G-quadruplex DNA
  • Structure-based design
  • Virtual screening

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