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Title: Development and application of modelling techniques in drug design
Author: Zonta, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 1911
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2009
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Structure-based drug design is a creative process that displays several features that make it closer to human reasoning than to machine automation. However, very often the user intervention is limited to the preparation of the input and analysis of the output of a computer simulation. In some cases, allowing human intervention directly in the process could improve the quality of the results by applying the researcher intuition directly into the simulation. Haptic technology has proven to be a useful method to interact in realtime with a virtual environment, enriching the user's experience and allowing for a more natural and direct interaction with three-dimensional systems. Reported in this thesis is the design and implementation of a user-driven computer program for structure-based drug design based on haptic technology and char acterised by a trimodal feedback system and its application alongside more traditional approaches to drug design projects in the anticancer and antiviral area. The software proved to be very useful in several projects, validating the applicability of haptic technology to drug design. The results were in good agreement with those obtained by traditional techniques. Moreover the approach resulted in the identification of novel HCV inhibitors and a putative inhibitor of the dimerisation of EGFR which resulted active in vitro tests.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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