Author
Stian Soiland-Reyes

Pre-Exascale Computing of Protein–Ligand Binding Free Energies with Open Source Software for Drug Design

Nowadays, drug design projects benefit from highly accurate protein–ligand binding free energy predictions based on molecular dynamics simulations. While such calculations have been computationally expensive in the past, we now demonstrate that workflows built on open source software packages can efficiently leverage pre-exascale computing resources to screen hundreds of compounds in a matter of days. We report our results of free energy calculations on a large set of pharmaceutically relevant targets assembled to reflect industrial drug discovery projects. [...]

Interface refinement of low- to medium-resolution Cryo-EM complexes using HADDOCK2.4

A wide range of cellular processes requires the formation of multimeric protein complexes. The rise of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has enabled the structural characterization of these protein assemblies. The density maps produced can, however, still suffer from limited resolution, impeding the process of resolving structures at atomic resolution. In order to solve this issue, monomers can be fitted into low- to medium-resolution maps. Unfortunately, the models produced frequently contain atomic clashes at the protein-protein interfaces (PPIs), as intermolecular interactions are typically not considered during monomer fitting. Here, we present a refinement approach based on HADDOCK2.4 to remove intermolecular clashes and optimize PPIs. A dataset of 14 cryo-EM complexes was used to test eight protocols. [...]

A Community Roadmap for Scientific Workflows Research and Development

The landscape of workflow systems for scientific applications is notoriously convoluted with hundreds of seemingly equivalent workflow systems, many isolated research claims, and a steep learning curve. To address some of these challenges and lay the groundwork for transforming workflows research and development, the WorkflowsRI and ExaWorks projects partnered to bring the international workflows community together. [...]