PROJECT #18705 RESEARCH FOR CANCER
FOLDING PERFORMANCE PROFILE

PROJECT SUMMARY

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome is a rare disease that causes tumors and cysts to develop and grow in the body.

These tumors usually are non-cancerous, but some, especially tumors that develop in the kidney and pancreas, may become cancerous.

VHL syndrome is caused by a mutation in the VHL gene, which decreases the VHL protein’s ability to act as an E3 ligase and ubiquitinate the α subunit of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), which decreases proteolysis of HIF proteins.

The elevated HIF levels are responsible for the hypervascularization in renal cell carcinoma associated with the VHL syndrome disease state.

This project investigates the design of heterobifunctional molecules, also known as PROteolysis TArgeting Chimeras (PROTACs), which can bind both the VHL and HIF2α and help regulate the degradation of HIF2α.

Experimental measurements can provide insights to the challenge of PROTAC optimization, but the design space is too large to test every potential molecule design.

Therefore, molecular dynamic simulations will be run on potential ligand candidates to reduce the amount of possible PROTAC hits and reduce the experiments necessary for validation.

Initially the warhead domain, the PROTAC’s binding domain to HIF2α, will be developed by running simulations using various different structures already bound to the protein and determining the stability of the bound state for each potential structure.

Then the linker region, the structure that connects the two binding domains, of the PROTAC will be developed by running simulations to determine the ternary structure for the VHL-PROTAC- HIF2α complex.

All the computed values of kon, koff, ΔH, ΔS, and ΔG use AMBER force fields for Protein-Protein and Protein-Ligand's interactions.

Roivant is using published PROTAC-bound ternary complexes, plus some data generated internally for the F@h projects, and all simulation data is being made publicly available..

PROJECT INFO

Manager(s): Rafal Wiewiora

Institution: Roivant Sciences (Silicon Therapeutics)

Project URL: roivant.com

PROJECT WORK UNIT SUMMARY

Atoms: 40,000

Core: OPENMM_22

Status: Beta

PROJECT FOLDING PPD AVERAGES BY GPU

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1 GeForce RTX 3090
GA102 [GeForce RTX 3090]
Nvidia GA102 5,539,197 273,328 20.27 1 hrs 11 mins
2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Rev. A
TU102 [GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Rev. A] M 13448
Nvidia TU102 4,108,941 249,307 16.48 1 hrs 27 mins

PROJECT FOLDING PPD AVERAGES BY CPU BETA

PPDDB data as of Sunday, 22 May 2022 15:22:29

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