A virtual screening protocol involving docking and molecular dynamics has been tested against the results of fluorescence polarization assays testing the potency of a series of compounds of the nutlin class for inhibition of the interaction between p53 and Mdmx, an interaction identified as a driver of certain cancers. The protocol uses a standard docking method (AutoDock) with a cutoff based on the AutoDock score (ADscore), followed by molecular dynamics simulation with a cutoff based on root-mean-square-deviation (RMSD) from the docked pose. An analysis of the experimental and computational results shows modest performance of ADscore alone, but dramatically improved performance when RMSD is also used.
Keywords: Docking; Fluorescence polarization; Mdm4; Mdmx; Molecular dynamics simulations; Nutlin; Virtual screening.
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