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Visualizing protein–ligand binding with chemical energy-wise decomposition (CHEWD): application to ligand binding in the kallikrein-8 S1 Site

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-475
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design
Issue number5
Early online date15 Apr 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 5 Apr 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 15 Apr 2019
DatePublished (current) - 15 May 2019


Kallikrein-8, a serine protease, is a target for structure-based drug design due to its therapeutic potential in treating Alzheimer’s disease and is also useful as a biomarker in ovarian cancer. We present a binding assessment of ligands to kallikrein-8 using a residue-wise decomposition of the binding energy. Binding of four putative inhibitors of kallikrein-8 is investigated through molecular dynamics simulation and ligand binding energy evaluation with two methods (MM/PBSA and WaterSwap). For visualization of the residue-wise decomposition of binding energies, chemical energy-wise decomposition or CHEWD is introduced as a plugin to UCSF Chimera and Pymol. CHEWD allows easy comparison between ligands using individual residue contributions to the binding energy. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate one ligand binds stably to the kallikrein-8 S1 binding site. Comparison with other members of the kallikrein family shows that residues responsible for binding are specific to kallikrein-8. Thus, ZINC02927490 is a promising lead for development of novel kallikrein-8 inhibitors.

    Research areas

  • Kallikrein 8, Molecular dynamics simulation, Binding energy, WaterSwap, Chemical energy-wise decomposition, SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

    Structured keywords

  • BrisSynBio
  • Bristol BioDesign Institute



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