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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Jul 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34361017


Glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3ß) is an enzyme pertinently linked to neurodegenerative diseases since it is associated with the regulation of key neuropathological features in the central nervous system. Among the different kinds of inhibitors of this kinase, the allosteric ones stand out due to their selective and subtle modulation, lowering the chance of producing side effects. The mechanism of GSK-3ß allosteric modulators may be considered still vague in terms of elucidating a well-defined binding pocket and a bioactive pose for them. In this context, we propose to reinvestigate and reinforce such knowledge by the application of an extensive set of in silico methodologies, such as cavity detection, ligand 3D shape analysis and docking (with robust validation of corresponding protocols), and molecular dynamics. The results here obtained were consensually consistent in furnishing new structural data, in particular by providing a solid bioactive pose of one of the most representative GSK-3ß allosteric modulators. We further applied this to the prospect for new compounds by ligand-based virtual screening and analyzed the potential of the two obtained virtual hits by quantum chemical calculations. All potential hits achieved will be subsequently tested by in vitro assays in order to validate our approaches as well as to unveil novel chemical entities as GSK-3ß allosteric modulators.

Sítio Alostérico , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/química , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Regulação Alostérica , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/metabolismo , Humanos , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/química , Ligação Proteica
Cent Nerv Syst Agents Med Chem ; 20(2): 128-143, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32065095


BACKGROUND: Drugs used for Parkinson's disease (PD) are mainly responsible for only relieving major symptoms, but may present several side effects that are typical of such pharmacological treatment. METHODS: This study aimed to use in silico methods for drug designing inhibitors of the PD therapeutic target, monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B). Thus, 20 MAO-B inhibitors from the BindingDB database were selected followed by a calculation of their descriptors at DFT B3LYP/6-31G** level of theory. RESULTS: Statistical analysis considering a Pearson correlation matrix led to the selection of electrophilicity index as a descriptor related to the biological activity of inhibitors. Furthermore, based on the prediction of suitable ADME/Tox properties, the molecule CID 54583085 was selected as a template to carry out structural modifications to obtain 3 analogues, whereas molecules B and C showed significant improvement in mutagenicity and carcinogenicity, in relation to the template. CONCLUSION: Thus, it is concluded that the proposed modifications led us to satisfactory results, since there was an improvement in the toxicological properties of molecules, however, further studies must be carried out to evaluate their biological activities as possible MAO-B inhibitors for PD treatment.

Curr Comput Aided Drug Des ; 16(5): 541-554, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31749432


INTRODUCTION: The enzyme Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3-ß (GSK-3ß) is related to neuronal cell degeneration, representing a promising target to treat Alzheimer's Disease (AD). METHODS: In this work, we performed a molecular modeling study of existing GSK-3ß inhibitors by means of evaluation of their IC50 values, derivation of a pharmacophore model, molecular docking simulations, ADME/Tox properties predictions, molecular modifications and prediction of synthetic viability. RESULTS: In this manner, inhibitor 15 (CID 57399952) was elected a template molecule, since it demonstrated to bear relevant structural groups able to interact with GSK-3ß, and also presented favorable ADME/Tox predicted properties, except for mutagenicity. Based on this inhibitor chemical structure we proposed six analogues that presented the absence of alerts for mutagenic and carcinogenic activity, both for rats and mouse; likewise they all presented low risk alerts for inhibition of hERG and medium prediction of synthetic viability. CONCLUSION: It is concluded that the analogues of GSK-3ß inhibitors were optimized in relation to the toxicity endpoint of the template molecule, being, therefore, presented as novel and promising drug candidates for AD treatment.