DOCK is a molecular docking program used in drug discovery. It was developed by Irwin D. Kuntz, Jr. and colleagues at UCSF (see UCSF DOCK). This program, given a protein binding site and a small molecule, tries to predict the correct binding mode of the small molecule in the binding site, and the associated binding energy. Small molecules with highly favorable binding energies could be new drug leads. This makes DOCK a valuable drug discovery tool. DOCK is typically used to screen massive libraries of millions of compounds against a protein to isolate potential drug leads. These leads are then further studied, and could eventually result in a new, marketable drug. DOCK works well as a screening procedure for generating leads, but is not currently as useful for optimization of those leads.
DOCK 6 uses an incremental construction algorithm called anchor and grow. It is described by a three-step process:
- Rigid portion of ligand (anchor) is docked by geometric methods.
- Non-rigid segments added in layers; energy minimized.
- The resulting configurations are 'pruned' and energy re-minimized, yielding the docked configurations.
In this tutorial we will use PDB code 4QMZ, the deposited crystal structure of human small C-terminal domain Phosphatasee 1 bound to rabeprazole.
While performing docking, it is convenient to adopt a standard directory structure / naming scheme, so that files are easy to find / identify.For this tutorial, we will use something similar to the following:
~username/AMS536-Spring2016/dock-tutorial/00.files/ /01.dockprep/ /02.surface-spheres/ /03.box-grid/ /04.dock/ /05.large-virtual-screen/ /06.virtual-screen/ /07.footprint/ /08.print_fps
In addition, most of the important files that are derived from the original crystal structure will be given a prefix that is the same as the PDB code, '3PGL'. The following sections in this tutorial will adhere to this directory structure/naming scheme.