Predicting resistance of clinical Abl mutations to targeted kinase inhibitors using alchemical free-energy calculations

Kevin Hauser, Christopher Negron, Steven K. Albanese, Soumya Ray, Thomas Steinbrecher, Robert Abel, John D. Chodera, and Lingle Wang.
Communications Biology 1:70, 2018 [DOI] [input files and analysis scripts]

In our first collaborative paper with Schrödinger, we present the first comprehensive benchmark assessing the ability for alchemical free energy calculations to predict clinical mutational resistance or susceptibility to targeted kinase inhibitors using the well-studied kinase Abl, the target of therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Approaches for calculating solvation free energies and enthalpies demonstrated with an update of the FreeSolv database

Guilherme Duarte Ramos Matos, Daisy Y. Kyu, Hannes H. Loeffler, John D. Chodera, Michael R. Shirts, David Mobley
Journal of Chemical Engineering Data 62:1559, 2017. [DOI] [bioRxiv] [GitHub]

We review alchemical methods for computing solvation free energies and present an update (version 0.5) to the FreeSolv database of experimental and calculated hydration free energies of neutral compounds.

Identifying ligand binding sites and poses using GPU-accelerated Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics

Kai Wang K, John D. Chodera, Yanzhi Yang, and Michael R. Shirts. 
J. Comput. Aid. Mol. Des. 27:989, 2013. [DOI] [PDF]

We show how bound ligand poses can be identified even when the location of the binding sites are unknown using the machinery of alchemical modern free energy calculations on graphics processors. 

Free energy methods in drug discovery and design: Progress and challenges

John D. Chodera, David L. Mobley, Michael R. Shirts, Richard W. Dixon, Kim M. Branson, and Vijay S. Pande.
Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 21:150, 2011. [DOI] [PDF]

A review of the opportunities and challenges for alchemical free energy calculations in drug discovery and design.

Predicting small-molecule solvation free energies: A blind challenge test for computational chemistry

Anthony Nicholls, David L. Mobley, J. Peter Guthrie, John D. Chodera, and Vijay S. Pande.
J. Med. Chem. 51:769, 2008. [DOI] [PDF]

A blind evaluation of the accuracy of alchemical free energy methods for computing gas-to-water transfer free energies (solvation free energies) of small molecules demonstrates that modern forcefields are likely sufficiently accurate to be useful in drug design.

Accurate and efficient corrections for missing dispersion interactions in molecular simulations

Michael R. Shirts, David L. Mobley, John D. Chodera, and Vijay S. Pande.  
J. Phys. Chem. B 111:13052, 2007. [DOI] [PDF]

We identify a major source of systematic error in absolute alchemical free energy calculations of ligand binding and show how a simple procedure can inexpensively and accurately eliminate it.