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Evolution of Free-Energy Calculations for Drug Discovery

1 December @ 6:00 pm 7:45 pm

Christopher Ingold Building, XLG1 Lecture Theatre

Figure 1. Rendering from a 1.8-Å crystal structure for a complex with the main protease of SARS-CoV-2
(PDB ID 7L11). Carbon atoms of the ligand are in yellow.

William L. Jorgensen, Yale University

Free-energy calculations have had a revolutionary effect on computational chemistry. In conjunction with molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, they have enabled the calculation of free energy changes for wide-ranging phenomena including fundamental solution thermodynamics, activation barriers for reactions in solution, host-guest binding, and drug lead optimization. An overview of our FEP efforts beginning with the ethane to methanol calculation in 1985 and leading to recent discoveries of extraordinarily potent inhibitors of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 will be presented.


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Absolute Free Energy of Binding Calculations for Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor in Complex with a Drug-like Inhibitor. Qian, Y.; Cabeza de Vaca, I.; Vilseck, J. Z.; Cole, D. J.; Tirado-Rives, J.; Jorgensen, W. L. J. Phys. Chem. B 2019, 123, 8675-8685.

Identification of 14 Known Drugs as Inhibitors of the Main Protease of SARS-CoV-2. Ghahremanpour, M.; Tirado-Rives, J.; Deshmukh, M.; Ippolito, J. A.; Zhang, C.-H.;Cabeza de Vaca, I.; Liosi, M.-E.; Anderson, K. S.; Jorgensen, W. L. ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 2626-2533.

Potent non-covalent inhibitors of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 from molecular sculpting of the drug parampanel guided by free-energy perturbation calculations.Zhang, C.-H.; Stone, E. A.; Deshmukh,M.; Ippolito, J. A.; … Anderson, K. S.; Jorgensen, W. L. ACS Central Sci. 2021, 7, 467-475.

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