We survey low cost high-throughput virtual screening (HTVS) computer programs for instructors who wish to demonstrate molecular docking in their courses. Since HTVS programs are a useful adjunct to the time consuming and expensive wet bench experiments necessary to discover new drug therapies, the topic of molecular docking is core to the instruction of biochemistry and molecular biology. The availability of HTVS programs coupled with decreasing costs and advances in computer hardware have made computational approaches to drug discovery possible at institutional and non-profit budgets. This paper focuses on HTVS programs with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that use either DOCK or AutoDock for the prediction of DockoMatic, PyRx, DockingServer, and MOLA since their utility has been proven by the research community, they are free or affordable, and the programs operate on a range of computer platforms.
This document was originally published by EDUCAUSE in PLoS Computational Biology. This work is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. Details regarding the use of this work can be found at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/. DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002499
Jacob, Reed B.; Andersen, Tim; and McDougal, Owen M.. (2012). "Accessible High-Throughput Virtual Screening Molecular Docking Software for Students and Educators". PLoS Computational Biology, 8(5), 1-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002499