Frequently-Asked Questions about the AutoDock Suite
The standard AutoDock 4 parameters are in the file “AD4_parameters.dat” which can be found in the “autodocksuite-4.n.m/src/autodock-4.x.y” directory of the AutoDock 4 distribution, where n and m are the major and minor version numbers of the AutoDock Suite, and x and y are the major and minor version numbers of AutoDock. These are the default values that are “baked in” to AutoGrid 4 and AutoDock 4, and are the values that will be used if you do not specify your own parameter file explicitly in your GPF or DPF with the “parameter_file” command.
You can add new atom types and parameters to this file, or modify the existing ones. Please refer to the AutoDock4.2.6_UserGuide for information on the parameters and format of the file. If you come up with new or modified parameters, we would like to know about them, so we can incorporate them in future releases. Thanks!
You can also use AutoLigand to predict the probable binding sites on a protein surface, and limit docking simulations to those locations.
Several laboratories have used AutoDock to perform blind docking, for example:
- Hetenyi, C. and van der Spoel, D. (2002) Efficient docking of peptides to proteins without prior knowledge of the binding site. Protein Science, 11(7): 1729-1737.
- Kovacs, M., Toth, J., Hetenyi, C., Malnasi-Csizmadia, A., and Sellers, J.R. (2004) Mechanism of blebbistatin inhibition of myosin II. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279(34): 35557-35563.
- Bikadi, Z., Hazai, E., Zsila, F., and Lockwood, S.F. (2006) Molecular modeling of non-covalent binding of homochiral (3S,3 ‘ S)-astaxanthin to matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13). Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 14(16): 5451-5458.
- Hazai, E., Bikadi, Z., Zsila, F., and Lockwood, S.F. (2006) Molecular modeling of the non-covalent binding of the dietary tomato carotenoids lycopene and lycophyll, and selected oxidative metabolites with 5-lipoxygenase. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 14(20): 6859-6867.
- Hetenyi, C. and van der Spoel, D. (2006) Blind docking of drug-sized compounds to proteins with up to a thousand residues. FEBS Letters, 580(5): 1447-1450.
- Iorga, B., Herlem, D., Barre, E., and Guillou, C. (2006) Acetylcholine nicotinic receptors: finding the putative binding site of allosteric modulators using the “blind docking” approach. Journal of Molecular Modeling, 12(3): 366-372.
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