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Identification of Food Compounds as inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 main protease using molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations

Masand, V.H.; Sk, M.F.; Kar, P.; Rastija, V.; Zaki, M.E.A.

Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems An International Journal Sponsored by the Chemometrics Society 217: 104394


ISSN/ISBN: 0169-7439
PMID: 34312571
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemolab.2021.104394
Accession: 071915332

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SARS-CoV-2 has rapidly emerged as a global pandemic with high infection rate. At present, there is no drug available for this deadly disease. Recently, Mpro (Main Protease) enzyme has been identified as essential proteins for the survival of this virus. In the present work, Lipinski's rules and molecular docking have been performed to identify plausible inhibitors of Mpro using food compounds. For virtual screening, a database of food compounds was downloaded and then filtered using Lipinski's rule of five. Then, molecular docking was accomplished to identify hits using Mpro protein as the target enzyme. This led to identification of a Spermidine derivative as a hit. In the next step, Spermidine derivatives were collected from PubMed and screened for their binding with Mpro protein. In addition, molecular dynamic simulations (200 ns) were executed to get additional information. Some of the compounds are found to have strong affinity for Mpro, therefore these hits could be used to develop a therapeutic agent for SARS-CoV-2.

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