Virtual environment for studying the docking interactions of rigid biomolecules with haptics

Georgios Iakovou, Steven Hayward, Stephen Laycock

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Haptic technology facilitates user interaction with the virtual world via the sense of touch. In molecular docking, haptics enables the user to sense the interaction forces during the docking process. Here we describe a haptics-assisted interactive software tool, called Haptimol RD, for the study of docking interactions. By utilising GPU-accelerated proximity querying methods very large systems can now be studied. Methods for force scaling, multipoint collision response and haptic navigation are described that address force stability issues that are particular to the interactive docking of large systems. Thus Haptimol RD expands, for the first time, the use of interactive biomolecular haptics to the study of protein-protein interactions. Unlike existing approaches, Haptimol RD is designed to run on relatively inexpensive consumer-level hardware and is freely available to the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142–1152
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Issue number5
Early online date24 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2017

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