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We could think of automated 'docking' type calculations that would use these data to find binding sites for inhibitor molecules. The electron density defines the electrostatics of the system, and protein docking models based on electrostatics are already in quite common use. We think such techniques could conceivably be augmented by taking the Fukui response functions of the protein and the inhibitor into consideration. Because Fukui-functions are related to the important soft-soft type or orbital-controlled inter-molecular interactions, not covered by the electrostatics, they would provide an alternative criterion that could guide a molecule to a potential binding site; for example, we have proposed the overlap of Fukui-functions of the two reactants could as such a criterion for it would be largest when electron accepting regions of the protein are matched with electron-donating areas of the inhibitor and visa versa.
The viability of the PP approach has been well demonstrated; however, it is not a panacea and would in fact require very heavy computational resources for the systems which we are typically studying. A third promising methodology deserves mention- that is Tight Binding Molecular Dynamics, which has a mixture of first-principles and semiempirical character. Tight Binding (TB) schemes have a long and illustrious history in electronic structure theory, based initially upon the ideas of Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) expansions in a minimal basis.