Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 259–266 | Cite as

Computer simulation study of the binding of an antiviral agent to a sensitive and a resistant human rhinovirus

  • Terry P. Lybrand
  • J. Andrew McCammon
Research Papers


Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to study the free energy of binding of an antiviral agent to the human rhinovirus HRV-14 and to a mutant in which a valine residue in the antiviral binding pocket is replaced by leucine. The simulations predict that the antiviral should bind to the two viruses with similar affinity, in apparent disagreement with experimental results. Possible origins of this discrepancy are outlined. Of particular importance is the apparent need for methods to systematically sample all significant conformations of the leucine side chain.

Key words

Molecular dynamics Thermodynamic cycle-perturbation method Binding free energy Human rhinovirus Antiviral agent binding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry P. Lybrand
    • 1
  • J. Andrew McCammon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Supercomputer InstituteUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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