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Preprint | ChemRxiv | ID: ppcovidwho-339


SARS CoV-2 a pandemic influenza like infectious disease emerged in December 2019 has spread throughout the world within few months. Scientists are trying their best to find medicine and vaccine. Usnic acid and its derivatives as herbal supplements are widely used as mouth wash, cosmetics, antiviral agents. In this study, usnic acid and its derivative-sodium usnate in comparison with favipiravir are docked with main protease and spike protein RBD /bb6M0J of SARS Cov-2. Usnic acid and sodium usnate exhibit better binding affinities for main protease and spike RBD. The data has been compared with favipiravir. Favipiravir, usnic acid, sodium usnate shows binding affinity of -4.25, -8.05 and -8.55 kcal/mol respectively with main protease. While favipiravir, usnic acid and sodium usnate exhibit binding affinities of -4.25, -6.02 and -6.53 kcal/mol with spike RBD respectively. One of the interesting features is that the inhibition constant values of usnic acid is 1.27 µM and sodium usnate is 539.86 nM in comparison to favipiravir (764.13 µM) with main protease. /b

Preprint | ChemRxiv | ID: ppcovidwho-338


To Respected Sir/Madam Chemarxiv /Respected Sir/Madam /Su: submission of preprint of article to Chemarxiv for online publication. am herewith submitting the preprint of an article entitled “Molecular docking studies of N-acetyl cysteine, zinc acetyl cysteine and niclosamide on SARS Cov 2 protease and its comparison with hydroxychloroquine” for possible publication in “Chemarxiv”. /In this article, we have evaluated the binding abilities of N-acetyl cysteine, zinc acetyl cysteine and niclosamide (antiviral drug) with SARS-COV-2 protease. All the four compounds investigated are effective and selectively bind to active sites of main protease. N-acetyl cysteine being a derivative of cysteine interacts with Cys-145, His-163, Gly-143 of COV-2 protease, zinc acetyl cysteine binds to Gly-143, Ser-144, Cys-145, Glu-166 of COV-2 protease and niclosamide bind to Glu-166, Cys-145, His 41 of main protease. The data has been compared with hydroxychloroquine which effectively binds to Cys-145, Glu-166, Arg-188. The binding affinities of N-acetyl cysteine, zinc-acetyl cysteine and niclosamide are -4.24, -4.29 and -7.5 kcal mol su-1 /suwhile for hydroxychloroquine it is -6.66 kcal mol su-1 /su. Niclosamide with its lowest binding energy interacts with His-41 and Cys-145 which may be the first molecule to show such binding interaction. The results indicate that N-acetyl cysteine, zinc-acetyl cysteine and niclosamide can also be explored for the treatment for SARS COV-2 as an alternative for hydroxychloroquine. hope that the manuscript will full fill the journal’s requirements and will get accepted for publication. Thanking you /With regards Roopa Guthappa a href="" /a