Online events hosted by Chemical Computing Group are free but pre-registration is required. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. No previous MOE software experience is required to participate.
SAR Analysis / Pharmacophores / Psychedelics / Virtual Screening
Psychedelic compounds are powerful substances that alter cognitive and sensory functions. Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline (peyote cactus) and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) are tryptamine- and phenethylamine-based classical psychedelic compounds which primarily act as agonists and partial agonists against the serotonin 5-HT2A receptors. The overall hallucinogenic properties of psychedelic compounds are highly sensitive to structural features of the compounds and subject to cross-reactivity with monoaminergic receptors. To probe the SAR space of serotonergic hallucinogens, we have applied matched molecular pairs analysis in conjunction with conformational analysis to determine key pharmacophoric elements that contribute to agonist/partial agonist behavior.
Modeling Ternary Complexes with Molecular Glues: Making Sense of a Sticky Situation
Targeted protein degradation has emerged in recent years as a new modality to control protein levels in vivo. Among the many competing degradation technologies, most research to date has focused on heterobifunctional protein degraders (such as PROTACs), although inherent concerns about the molecular properties of these “large small molecules” has sparked intense interest in the development of smaller degraders, such as molecular glues. As a rule, molecular glues are smaller and are thus more attractive as potential therapeutics – but because a single molecule is responsible for simultaneously binding to two disparate proteins, the rational discovery of molecular glues to date has proven difficult. In this work, we will discuss multiple computational techniques implemented in MOE for modeling ternary complexes containing molecular glues. Special focus will be paid to lessons learned from our well-established PROTAC modeling toolset. In particular, it will be shown that the most effective molecular glue models result from treating molecular glues as “linkerless PROTACs.” Finally, recent work in developing techniques to prioritize prospective molecular glue designs based on their predicted degradation efficacy will be presented.
Modeling Cyclic Peptides with MOE
Protein Builder / LowModeMD / Protein Design / Protein Properties / Docking
Cyclic peptides have long been of interest as potential therapeutics, but these “big small molecules” present many challenges for modeling. This Webinar will highlight a number of MOE tools and techniques that can be applied to modeling this class of molecules. Particular attention will be given to the construction of cyclic peptide libraries, including an investigation of their conformational behavior. Approaches to address their chemical stability and permeability will also be discussed. Finally, case studies evaluating the interactions between receptors and both wild-type and rationally designed mutants will be presented.
PSILO: Streamlined Protein Family Analysis and Refinement
PSILO / AlphaFold Structures / Macromolecular Repository / Visualization / Pocket Similarity / Project Family / Family Management
MOE Project Families represent a uniquely powerful tool in structure-based drug design. Derived from a carefully curated multi-sequence alignment and a reference file of 3D protein structures that highlights critical structural motifs, these families represent a source of structural insight for drug discovery efforts.
When MOE protein families are hosted on the web-based macromolecular structural analysis and visualization platform, PSILO, these ‘PSILO families’ are automatically updated to include recently deposited structures. Following the adoption of a federated database architecture, this enables the seamless integration of both experimental and in silico structures from across the public domain and proprietary sources into PSILO families in a fully automated fashion. Moreover, following a tightened integration between MOE and PSILO, it is now possible to consume PSILO Families directly in MOE - ensuring an evergreen source of protein structural data which is readily available to all via the MOE client application.
In this webinar we will briefly introduce PSILO and the creation and maintenance of PSILO Families. We will briefly review the federated database architecture, highlighting how it enables the inclusion of multiple sources (e.g. RCSB, AlphaFold) into the PSILO Family process. Finally, we will demonstrate how to connect MOE and PSILO to enable PSILO functionality directly from within the MOE client, including the surfacing of PSILO Families.
MOE Database Viewer: Advanced Molecular and Data Visualization
Database Viewer / 2D, 3D, Carbohydrate and Sequence Displays / Plotting / Range and Rule-based Coloring / Images and Graphic Objects
This webinar focuses on the advanced visualization capabilities of the MOE Database Viewer. Topics include 2D and 3D molecule display options and carbohydrate depictions. The plotting functionalities will be discussed, which include energy profile and contour plots, histograms, correlation plots, and more. Dynamic color gradients and custom coloring rules will be applied for easy data analysis. Finally, how to generate custom images in the Database Viewer will be shown.