Locating binding poses in protein-ligand systems using reconnaissance metadynamics

Paer Soederhjelm, Gareth A. Tribello, Michele Parrinello

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Abstract

A molecular dynamics-based protocol is proposed for finding and scoring protein-ligand binding poses. This protocol uses the recently developed reconnaissance metadynamics method, which employs a self-learning algorithm to construct a bias that pushes the system away from the kinetic traps where it would otherwise remain. The exploration of phase space with this algorithm is shown to be roughly six to eight times faster than unbiased molecular dynamics and is only limited by the time taken to diffuse about the surface of the protein. We apply this method to the well-studied trypsin-benzamidine system and show that we are able to refind all the poses obtained from a reference EADock blind docking calculation. These poses can be scored based on the length of time the system remains trapped in the pose. Alternatively, one can perform dimensionality reduction on the output trajectory and obtain a map of phase space that can be used in more expensive free-energy calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5170-5175
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume109
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03 Apr 2012

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