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2142: KLHDC2 ligand design: Round 3
Status: Closed

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Name: 2142: KLHDC2 ligand design: Round 3
Status: Closed
Created: 05/04/2022
Points: 100
Expired: 05/11/2022 - 23:00
Difficulty: Intermediate
Description: Design a small molecule which can bind to KLHDC2! We don't want you to modify the protein, but instead use the small molecule design tools to build new small molecules which fit into the KLHDC2 binding pocket.

Note: To get the most out of the small molecule design tools, we recommend changing you view settings to the Small Molecule Design Preset.

The starting ligand is a peptide which binds to KLHDC2. We're interested in designs which make it less peptide-like and with better TPSA, but which keep the carboxylate interaction and the hydrophobic pocket interaction. See the blog post for more background information, and pay attention to the various objectives. Note that as the KLHDC2 domain is a bit large, we've trimmed the protein down to just the pocket (this shouldn't affect the prediction of compound binding interactions).

Since the second round, we've further increased the stringency of the TPSA and Torsion quality objectives. We've also adjusted the scoring to better penalize within-ligand clashes, as well as augmented the Bad Groups objective to penalize large aliphatic rings, large conjugated aromatic ring systems, ester, hydrazide and imine groups, as well as charged nitrogen groups. We have also adjusted the settings to hopefully reduce the intermittent crashing some players are experiencing.

This is a project in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim & Oxford University. Boehringer Ingelheim & Oxford have committed to help evaluate and test the molecules which Foldit players have designed. The structures of all compounds created as part of the collaboration puzzles as well as any experimental results from testing them will be made publicly available. All participants and game sponsors of current and future small molecule design games commit to complying with the Foldit Terms of Service including those pertaining to intellectual property.
Categories: Overall, Small Molecule Design

Top Groups

RankGroupScorePoints
1Contenders22,548100
2Anthropic Dreams22,52771
3Gargleblasters22,15549
4BIchallenge22,00633
5Go Science21,75322

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Top Soloists

RankPlayerGroupScorePoints
1Aubade01 46 42  22,949100
2pr0tfold 46 77  22,74795
3gmn 4 5 Anthropic Dreams22,51990
4ucad 46 45  22,51385
5spvincent 29 12 Contenders22,42380


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Objective Information

There's a number of objectives. Most of them are there to keep the molecule going "too far" outside the range of acceptable parameters for drugs.

All objectives give +1000 points when fully satisfied, for a maximum of +12 000. Most objectives have a "Show" button which should highlight areas of concern in red. Even when fully satisfied, objectives may highlight groups which may eventually contribute, so it's not recommended to keep Show on at all times.

  • Carboxylate Interaction - A bonus for keeping the hydrogen bonds the existing carboxylate is making. (Show highlights the protein atoms you need to make the hydrogen bonds to.)
  • Ligand Hydrophobic Interaction - A bonus for keeping a hydrophobic interaction between the ligand and the protein. (Show highlights the protein residues the ligand should contact.)
  • Peptide - Penalizes the formation of peptide-backbone-like groups. (Show highlights which parts of the ligand should be changed.)
  • Torsion Quality - Keeps bond rotations in a good range. Using Wiggle or Tweak Ligand can fix bad torsions. (Show highlights torsions to be rotated.)
  • Number of Rotatable Bonds - Intended to keep the ligand from getting too big and floppy. You can reduce rotatable bonds by deleting groups or forming rings. (Show higlights rotatable bonds.)
  • Ligand TPSA - Topological Polar Surface Area - Keeps the polar surface area (including buried polar surface) low. To improve, try removing oxygens and nitrogens. (Show highlights atoms contributing to higher TPSA.)
  • Ligand cLogP - A measure of polarity - Keeps the molecule from getting too hydrophobic. To improve, try adding polar oxygens and nitrogens. (Show highlights atoms contributing to higher cLogP.)
  • Ligand Hydrogen Bond Donors - Keep the number of ligand hbond donors low. (Show highlights atoms contributing to higher cLogP.)
  • Bad Groups - Gives a bonus for avoiding groups that aren't very drug-like, including enol, enamine, thiocarbonyl, hydroxylamines, geminal diols, alpha-beta unsaturated carbonyls, aliphatic alkanes, aliphatic alkenes, aliphatic ethers and others. (Show highlights groups at issue.)
  • Element Counts - Limits certain element numbers: Desired P=0, S<=1, I<=1, Br<=1, Cl<=4, F<=4, N<=5 (Show highlights atoms of elements exceeding count.)
  • Molecular Weight - Intended to keep the ligand from getting too big.
  • Synthetic Accessibility - Identify molecules which are likely to be hard to make in the lab. (Show highlights regions of the molecule contributing to difficult synthesis.)
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