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Br J Pharmacol. 2008 Mar;153 Suppl 1:S7-26. Epub 2007 Nov 26.

Towards the development of universal, fast and highly accurate docking/scoring methods: a long way to go.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. nicolas.moitessier@mcgill.ca


Accelerating the drug discovery process requires predictive computational protocols capable of reducing or simplifying the synthetic and/or combinatorial challenge. Docking-based virtual screening methods have been developed and successfully applied to a number of pharmaceutical targets. In this review, we first present the current status of docking and scoring methods, with exhaustive lists of these. We next discuss reported comparative studies, outlining criteria for their interpretation. In the final section, we describe some of the remaining developments that would potentially lead to a universally applicable docking/scoring method.

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