G. Thomas Passananti Professor of Pharmacology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
We are a translational systems research group in the Pharmacology at the Penn State College of Medicine. Our laboratory focuses on understanding etiologies of human diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and pain conditions, such as hyperalgesia.
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Publication TagsProteins Molecular Models Protein Drug Ligands Therapeutics Computational Biology Rna Drug Discovery Nucleic Acids Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Vaccines Fibers Protein Stability Enzyme Activation Genetic Engineering Nanoparticles Mutant Proteins Cystic Fibrosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Hydrogen Protein Engineering Oligomer Thrombin Src Family Kinases
Most Recent Publications
Yashavantha L. Vishweshwaraiah, Brianna Hnath, Brendan Rackley, Jian Wang, Abhinay Gontu, Morgan Chandler, Kirill A. Afonin, Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Neil Christensen, Neela H. Yennawar, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2022, Advanced Functional Materials
Mohammad Mahmoudi Gomari, Shadi Abkhiz, Taha Ghantab Pour, Ehsan Lotfi, Neda Rostami, Fatemeh Nafe Monfared, Babak Ghobari, Mona Mosavi, Behruz Alipour, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2022, Molecular Medicine
Activation of Disulfide Redox Switch in REDD1 Promotes Oxidative Stress Under Hyperglycemic Conditions
William P. Miller, Congzhou M. Sha, Siddharth Sunilkumar, Allyson L. Toro, Ashley M. Vancleave, Scot R. Kimball, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Michael D. Dennis, 2022, Diabetes on p. 2764-2776
Evaluation of pH change effects on the HSA folding and its drug binding characteristics, a computational biology investigation
Mohammad Mahmoudi Gomari, Neda Rostami, Davood Rabiei Faradonbeh, Hamid Reza Asemaneh, Giti Esmailnia, Shahriar Arab, Marziye Farsimadan, Arshad Hosseini, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2022, Proteins: Structure, Function and Genetics on p. 1908-1925
Motor neuron-derived induced pluripotent stem cells as a drug screening platform for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Mariana A. Amorós, Esther S. Choi, Axel R. Cofré, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Marcelo Duzzioni, 2022, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Robust and Efficient Assessment of Potency (REAP) as a quantitative tool for dose-response curve estimation
Shouhao Zhou, Xinyi Liu, Xinying Fang, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Michael Wang, Hong Gang Wang, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Chan Shen, J. Jack Lee, 2022, eLife
Locking and Unlocking Thrombin Function Using Immunoquiescent Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles with Regulated Retention In Vivo
Weina Ke, Morgan Chandler, Edward Cedrone, Renata F. Saito, Maria Cristina Rangel, Mara De Souza Junqueira, Jian Wang, Da Shi, Nguyen Truong, Melina Richardson, Lewis A. Rolband, Didier Dréau, Peter Bedocs, Roger Chammas, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Marina A. Dobrovolskaia, Kirill A. Afonin, 2022, Nano Letters on p. 5961-5972
Monosialotetrahexosylganglioside Promotes Early Aβ42 Oligomer Formation and Maintenance
Dong Yan Zhang, Jian Wang, Rebecca M. Fleeman, Madison K. Kuhn, Matthew T. Swulius, Elizabeth A. Proctor, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2022, ACS Chemical Neuroscience on p. 1979-1991
Predicting Protein-Ligand Docking Structure with Graph Neural Network
Huaipan Jiang, Jian Wang, Weilin Cong, Yihe Huang, Morteza Ramezani, Anup Sarma, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Mehrdad Mahdavi, Mahmut T. Kandemir, 2022, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling on p. 2923-2932
Brianna Hnath, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2022, Biophysical Journal on p. 2084-2095
Cystic fibrosis: Potentiator ivacaftor abrogates pharmacological correction of ΔF508 CFTR in cystic fibrosis
Deborah M. Cholon, Nancy L. Quinney, M. Leslie Fulcher, Charles R. Esther, Jhuma Das, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Scott H. Randell, Richard C. Boucher, Martina Gentzsch, 2014, Science Translational Medicine
Amyloid oligomers: A joint experimental/computational perspective on Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, type II diabetes, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Phuong H. Nguyen, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Bikash R. Sahoo, Jie Zheng, Peter Faller, John E. Straub, Laura Dominguez, Joan Emma Shea, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Alfonso de Simone, Buyong Ma, Ruth Nussinov, Saeed Najafi, Son Tung Ngo, Antoine Loquet, Mara Chiricotto, Pritam Ganguly, James McCarty, Mai Suan Li, Carol Hall, Yiming Wang, Yifat Miller, Simone Melchionna, Birgit Habenstein, Stepan Timr, Jiaxing Chen, Brianna Hnath, Birgit Strodel, Rakez Kayed, Sylvain Lesné, Guanghong Wei, Fabio Sterpone, Andrew J. Doig, Philippe Derreumaux, 2021, Chemical Reviews on p. 2545-2647
Shoshana J. Wodak, Emanuele Paci, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Igor N. Berezovsky, Amnon Horovitz, Jing Li, Vincent J. Hilser, Ivet Bahar, John Karanicolas, Gerhard Stock, Peter Hamm, Roland H. Stote, Jerome Eberhardt, Yassmine Chebaro, Annick Dejaegere, Marco Cecchini, Jean Pierre Changeux, Peter G. Bolhuis, Jocelyne Vreede, Pietro Faccioli, Simone Orioli, Riccardo Ravasio, Le Yan, Carolina Brito, Matthieu Wyart, Paraskevi Gkeka, Ivan Rivalta, Giulia Palermo, J. Andrew McCammon, Joanna Panecka-Hofman, Rebecca C. Wade, Antonella Di Pizio, Masha Y. Niv, Ruth Nussinov, Chung Jung Tsai, Hyunbum Jang, Dzmitry Padhorny, Dima Kozakov, Tom McLeish, 2019, Structure with Folding & design on p. 566-578
Onur Dagliyan, Miroslaw Tarnawski, Pei Hsuan Chu, David Shirvanyants, Ilme Schlichting, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Klaus M. Hahn, 2016, Science on p. 1441-1444
Controlling Allosteric Networks in Proteins
Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2016, Chemical Reviews on p. 6463-6487
RNA-Puzzles Round II: assessment of RNA structure prediction programs applied to three large RNA structures
Zhichao Miao, Ryszard W. Adamiak, Marc Frédérick Blanchet, Michal Boniecki, Janusz M. Bujnicki, Shi Jie Chen, Clarence Cheng, Grzegorz Chojnowski, Fang Chieh Chou, Pablo Cordero, José Almeida Cruz, Adrian R. Ferré-D'Amaré, Rhiju Das, Feng Ding, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Stanislaw Dunin-Horkawicz, Wipapat Kladwang, Andrey Krokhotin, Grzegorz Lach, Marcin Magnus, François Major, Thomas H. Mann, Benoît Masquida, Dorota Matelska, Mélanie Meyer, Alla Peselis, Mariusz Popenda, Katarzyna J. Purzycka, Alexander Serganov, Juliusz Stasiewicz, Marta Szachniuk, Arpit Tandon, Siqi Tian, Jian Wang, Yi Xiao, Xiaojun Xu, Jinwei Zhang, Peinan Zhao, Tomasz Zok, Eric Westhof, 2015, RNA on p. 1066-1084
Zhichao Miao, Ryszard W. Adamiak, Maciej Antczak, Robert T. Batey, Alexander J. Becka, Marcin Biesiada, Michał J. Boniecki, Janusz M. Bujnicki, Shi Jie Chen, Clarence Yu Cheng, Fang Chieh Chou, Adrian R. Ferré-D'Amaré, Rhiju Das, Wayne K. Dawson, Feng Ding, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Stanisław Dunin-Horkawicz, Caleb Geniesse, Kalli Kappel, Wipapat Kladwang, Andrey Krokhotin, Grzegorz E. Łach, François Major, Thomas H. Mann, Marcin Magnus, Katarzyna Pachulska-Wieczorek, Dinshaw J. Patel, Joseph A. Piccirilli, Mariusz Popenda, Katarzyna J. Purzycka, Aiming Ren, Greggory M. Rice, John Santalucia, Joanna Sarzynska, Marta Szachniuk, Arpit Tandon, Jeremiah J. Trausch, Siqi Tian, Jian Wang, Kevin M. Weeks, Benfeard Williams, Yi Xiao, Xiaojun Xu, Dong Zhang, Tomasz Zok, Eric Westhof, 2017, RNA on p. 655-672
Correctors of δF508 CFTR restore global conformational maturation without thermally stabilizing the mutant protein
Lihua He, Pradeep Kota, Andrei A. Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Tim Jensen, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, John R. Riordan, 2013, FASEB Journal on p. 536-545
Philip J. Homan, Oleg V. Favorov, Christopher A. Lavender, Olcay Kursun, Xiyuan Ge, Steven Busan, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Kevin M. Weeks, 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 13858-13863
Onur Dagliyan, David Shirvanyants, Andrei V. Karginov, Feng Ding, Lanette Fee, Srinivas N. Chandrasekaran, Christina M. Freisinger, Gromoslaw A. Smolen, Anna Huttenlocher, Klaus M. Hahn, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, 2013, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 6800-6804
News Articles Featuring Nikolay Dokholyan
Oct 26, 2022
Penn State researchers to explore using quantum computers to design new drugs
The time it takes medicines to move from discovery to approved use for patients can take decades and cost billions of dollars. Now, a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant will help a team of Penn State researchers study the use of quantum computer-based artificial intelligence (AI) to see if quantum computers can bring drugs to patients faster and cheaper.
Oct 25, 2022
Penn State scientists developing mutation-proof COVID vaccine
Each year, doctors urge people to get a flu shot because the virus changes and requires a new vaccine. A similar pattern seems to be appearing for COVID every time a new variant is discovered.
Oct 19, 2022
Penn State researchers engineer protein that could be used to develop 1-dose covid vaccine
Despite receiving one of the three covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S., many Americans continue to become infected with the virus.
Oct 18, 2022
Newly engineered protein could be used to develop adaptation-proof COVID vaccine
A vaccine design approach that could protect against new variants of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — but also potentially protects against other coronaviruses is one step closer to reality as a result of research at Penn State College of Medicine.
Nov 16, 2021
Nanoscale ‘computer’ controls function of protein, influences cell behavior
The creation of nanoscale computers for use in precision health care has long been a dream of many scientists and health care providers. Now, for the first time, researchers at Penn State have produced a nanocomputing agent that can control the function of a particular protein that is involved in cell movement and cancer metastasis.
Mar 26, 2020
Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles
Penn State funds 17 research proposals, ranging from vaccine development to improved predictive modeling, with more to come.
Mar 23, 2020
Penn State funds first round of COVID-19 research proposals
One week after launching a rapid-fire call for proposals, awards are granted to six projects that address the global pandemic, with more to follow
Nov 26, 2019
Fourteen Penn State faculty recognized with lifetime honor
Fourteen Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from physics and engineering to entomology and plant science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. A lifetime honor bestowed upon members by their peers, a total of 443 individuals are being recognized for their extraordinary achievements in advancing science.
Sep 17, 2019
Research suggests how environmental toxin produced by algae may lead to ALS
Can a computer be used to explain why an environmental toxin might lead to neurodegenerative disease? According to Penn State College of Medicine researchers, a computer generated-simulation allowed them to see how a toxin produced by algal blooms in saltwater might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).