Hydrogen bonding penalty upon ligand binding

TitleHydrogen bonding penalty upon ligand binding
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsZhao H., Huang D.
JournalPLoS One
Date Published2011 Jun 17
Type of ArticleResearch Article
KeywordsHydrogen Bonding, Ligands, Protein Binding, Proteins, Thermodynamics

Ligand binding involves breakage of hydrogen bonds with water molecules and formation of new hydrogen bonds between protein and ligand. In this work, the change of hydrogen bonding energy in the binding process, namely hydrogen bonding penalty, is evaluated with a new method. The hydrogen bonding penalty can not only be used to filter unrealistic poses in docking, but also improve the accuracy of binding energy calculation. A new model integrated with hydrogen bonding penalty for free energy calculation gives a root mean square error of 0.7 kcal/mol on 74 inhibitors in the training set and of 1.1 kcal/mol on 64 inhibitors in the test set. Moreover, an application of hydrogen bonding penalty into a high throughput docking campaign for EphB4 inhibitors is presented, and remarkably, three novel scaffolds are discovered out of seven tested. The binding affinity and ligand efficiency of the most potent compound is about 300 nM and 0.35 kcal/mol per non-hydrogen atom, respectively.



Alternate JournalPLoS ONE
PubMed ID21698148
PubMed Central IDPMC3117785
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