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Molecules ; 26(16)2021 Aug 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34443484


The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly spread on a global scale, affecting the economy and public health systems throughout the world. In recent years, peptide-based therapeutics have been widely studied and developed to treat infectious diseases, including viral infections. Herein, the antiviral effects of the lysine linked dimer des-Cys11, Lys12,Lys13-(pBthTX-I)2K ((pBthTX-I)2K)) and derivatives against SARS-CoV-2 are reported. The lead peptide (pBthTX-I)2K and derivatives showed attractive inhibitory activities against SARS-CoV-2 (EC50 = 28-65 µM) and mostly low cytotoxic effect (CC50 > 100 µM). To shed light on the mechanism of action underlying the peptides' antiviral activity, the Main Protease (Mpro) and Papain-Like protease (PLpro) inhibitory activities of the peptides were assessed. The synthetic peptides showed PLpro inhibition potencies (IC50s = 1.0-3.5 µM) and binding affinities (Kd = 0.9-7 µM) at the low micromolar range but poor inhibitory activity against Mpro (IC50 > 10 µM). The modeled binding mode of a representative peptide of the series indicated that the compound blocked the entry of the PLpro substrate toward the protease catalytic cleft. Our findings indicated that non-toxic dimeric peptides derived from the Bothropstoxin-I have attractive cellular and enzymatic inhibitory activities, thereby suggesting that they are promising prototypes for the discovery and development of new drugs against SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Venenos de Crotalídeos/química , Dimerização , Papaína/antagonistas & inibidores , Peptídeos/química , Peptídeos/farmacologia , SARS-CoV-2/enzimologia , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/metabolismo , Antivirais/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Papaína/química , Papaína/metabolismo , Peptídeos/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Inibidores de Proteases/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Conformação Proteica , SARS-CoV-2/efeitos dos fármacos
Bioorg Med Chem ; 27(22): 115083, 2019 11 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31561938


The structure-activity relationship for nitrile-based cruzain inhibitors incorporating a P2 amide replacement based on trifluoroethylamine was explored by deconstruction of a published series of inhibitors. It was demonstrated that the P3 biphenyl substituent present in the published inhibitor structures could be truncated to phenyl with only a small loss of affinity. The effects of inverting the configuration of the P2 amide replacement and linking a benzyl substituent at P1 were observed to be strongly nonadditive. We show that plotting affinity against molecular size provides a means to visualize both the molecular size efficiency of structural transformations and the nonadditivity in the structure-activity relationship. We also show how the relationship between affinity and lipophilicity, measured by high-performance liquid chromatography with an immobilized artificial membrane stationary phase, may be used to normalize affinity with respect to lipophilicity.

Amidas/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/síntese química , Proteínas de Protozoários/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas de Protozoários/síntese química , Estrutura Molecular , Relação Estrutura-Atividade