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Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2012 Mar 30;64(4):323-43. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2011.11.011. Epub 2011 Dec 1.

Structural modelling and dynamics of proteins for insights into drug interactions.

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  • 1Group in Biomolecular Structure and Informatics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

Proteins are the workhorses of biomolecules and their function is affected by their structure and their structural rearrangements during ligand entry, ligand binding and protein-protein interactions. Hence, the knowledge of protein structure and, importantly, the dynamic behaviour of the structure are critical for understanding how the protein performs its function. The predictions of the structure and the dynamic behaviour can be performed by combinations of structure modelling and molecular dynamics simulations. The simulations also need to be sensitive to the constraints of the environment in which the protein resides. Standard computational methods now exist in this field to support the experimental effort of solving protein structures. This review presents a comprehensive overview of the basis of the calculations and the well-established computational methods used to generate and understand protein structure and function and the study of their dynamic behaviour with the reference to lung-related targets.

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