Ligand docking and binding site analysis with pymol and autodock/vina
Keywords:Auto-Dock, Chemdraw, DSV (Discovery Studio Visualizer), PDB (Protein Data Bank) and Pubchem, PYMOL.
Docking of various therapeutically important chemical entities to the specific target sites offers a meaningful strategy that may have tremendous scope in a drug design process. For a thorough understanding of the structural features that determine the strength of bonding between a ligand with its receptor, an insight to visualize binding geometries and interaction is mandatory. Bioinformatical as well as graphical software â€˜PyMOLâ€™ in combination with the molecular docking suites Autodock and Vina allows the study of molecular combination to visualize and understand the structure-based drug design efforts. In the present study, we outlined a user friendly method to perform molecular docking using vina and finally the results were analyzed in pymol in both two as well as three-dimensional orientation. The operation bypasses the steps that are involved in docking using cygwin terminal like formation of gpf and dpf files. The simple and straight-forward operation method does not require formal bioinformatics training to apprehend molecular docking studies using AutoDock 4.2 program.
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