Biological Toxins and Bioterrorism: Biological Toxins and by P. Gopalakrishnakone (eds.)

By P. Gopalakrishnakone (eds.)

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2011). These induced changes are difficult to simulate in virtual screening because most virtual-screening protocols use a rigid receptor. Molecular dynamics simulations can be used to simulate changes induced by inhibitor binding, but they are computationally intensive simulations, and it would be impractical to use such simulations for virtual screening. Another issue that must be faced in computer-aided drug discovery against BoNT is the presence of a catalytic zinc ion at the active site. The interactions between zinc and the atoms at the active site or the zinc-chelating inhibitors are partially covalent, and the parameters for this kind of interaction are not yet fully optimized for docking simulations.

They are not easily disseminated in large-scale attacks, but they still can cause major disruptions and strain public health and primary care resources (Pappas et al. 2006). Ricin, SEB, and epsilon toxin fall into this category. Though not listed as such, abrin would likely fall into this category because it is structurally and functionally similar to ricin, has a similar toxicity, and can be extracted from seeds (Abrus precatorius) that are readily available. Category C consists of emerging pathogens that could potentially be engineered for mass exposure.

Each state has a public health laboratory system that fulfills the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4. Detection and intervention of public health threats in a timely fashion Informing stakeholders, including the general public, of potential health threats Monitoring reportable conditions in a statewide system Insuring that specimens and isolates from public health testing are sufficient to provide appropriate surveillance and response 5. Transmission of relevant data to designated local, state, and national agencies responsible for disease prevention, surveillance, and control During the 1990s, there was a widespread perception that public health activities and practices were not well defined, nor were the mission and infrastructure necessary to support public health well defined.

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