Special Issue "New Avenues in Molecular Docking for Drug Design 2020"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: computational chemistry; drug design; cheminformatics; molecular docking; ADME predictions; lipophilicity
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Molecular docking is gaining increased interest in drug design approaches, especially considering its noteworthy potentialities in performing successful virtual screening campaigns. Currently available computing resources allow for simulations involving huge molecular libraries on extended panels of targets in a reasonable time, and these extremely extended simulations appear to be particularly fruitful in the field of multi-target ligand design as well as in the repurposing studies. Clearly, these powerful simulations require new algorithms and new methodological approaches to optimize their performances and to match the advancements in the hardware architectures. Molecular docking requires continuous improvements especially focused on the algorithms for scoring function and pose evaluation. Molecular docking is often combined with other computational approaches to further improve the reliability of the obtained results in terms of both computed complexes and predictive power, and, in this context, machine learning techniques can offer new avenues with which to improve docking simulations and virtual screening campaigns.
On these grounds, this Special Issue seeks manuscripts dealing with novel approaches of molecular docking in drug design by considering both methodological and applicative studies with a view to offering a picture of the areas in which docking simulations can have an ever-increasing impact in the drug discovery pipeline, as well as with the new trends that will impact on such a field in the next future.
Prof. Dr. Giulio Vistoli
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Structure-based drug design
- Molecular targets
- Molecular recognition
- Ligand binding
- Virtual screening
- Drug repositioning
- Multi-target ligands
- Scoring function
- Pose generation and evaluation
- Big data