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Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc ; 244: 118825, 2021 Jan 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866803

RESUMO

Novel antiviral active molecule 2- [(4,6-diaminopyrimidin-2-yl)sulfanyl]-N-(4-fluoro- phenyl)acetamide has been synthesised and characterized by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The equilibrium geometry, natural bond orbital calculations and vibrational assignments have been carried out using density functional B3LYP method with the 6-311G++(d,p) basis set. The complete vibrational assignments for all the vibrational modes have been supported by normal coordinate analysis, force constants and potential energy distributions. A detailed analysis of the intermolecular interactions has been performed based on the Hirshfeld surfaces. Drug likeness has been carried out based on Lipinski's rule and the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity of the title molecule has been calculated. Antiviral potency of 2- [(4,6-diaminopyrimidin-2-yl)sulfanyl]-N-(4-fluoro-phenyl) acetamide has been investigated by docking against SARS-CoV-2 protein. The optimized geometry shows near-planarity between the phenyl ring and the pyrimidine ring. Differences in the geometries due to the substitution of the most electronegative fluorine atom and intermolecular contacts due to amino pyrimidine were analyzed. NBO analysis reveals the formation of two strong stable hydrogen bonded N-H···N intermolecular interactions and weak intramolecular interactions C-H···O and N-H···O. The Hirshfeld surfaces and consequently the 2D-fingerprint confirm the nature of intermolecular interactions and their quantitative contributions towards the crystal packing. The red shift in N-H stretching frequency exposed from IR substantiate the formation of N-H···N intermolecular hydrogen bond. Drug likeness and absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity properties analysis gives an idea about the pharmacokinetic properties of the title molecule. The binding energy -8.7 kcal/mol of the nonbonding interaction present a clear view that 2- [(4,6-diaminopyrimidin-2-yl)sulfanyl]-N-(4-fluoro- phenyl) acetamide can irreversibly interact with SARS-CoV-2 protease.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/farmacocinética , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Estrutura Molecular , Dinâmica não Linear , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacocinética , Conformação Proteica , Teoria Quântica , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier , Análise Espectral Raman , Termodinâmica , Vibração
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Biochemistry ; 59(39): 3741-3756, 2020 10 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32931703

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) is essential to viral replication and cleaves highly specific substrate sequences, making it an obvious target for inhibitor design. However, as for any virus, SARS-CoV-2 is subject to constant neutral drift and selection pressure, with new Mpro mutations arising over time. Identification and structural characterization of Mpro variants is thus critical for robust inhibitor design. Here we report sequence analysis, structure predictions, and molecular modeling for seventy-nine Mpro variants, constituting all clinically observed mutations in this protein as of April 29, 2020. Residue substitution is widely distributed, with some tendency toward larger and more hydrophobic residues. Modeling and protein structure network analysis suggest differences in cohesion and active site flexibility, revealing patterns in viral evolution that have relevance for drug discovery.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Domínio Catalítico , Descoberta de Drogas , Evolução Molecular , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular , Filogenia , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Análise de Sequência de Proteína , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32867349

RESUMO

Three types of new coronaviruses (CoVs) have been identified recently as the causative viruses for the severe pneumonia-like respiratory illnesses, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and corona-virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Neither therapeutic agents nor vaccines have been developed to date, which is a major drawback in controlling the present global pandemic of COVID-19 caused by SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and has resulted in more than 20,439,814 cases and 744,385 deaths. Each of the 3C-like (3CL) proteases of the three CoVs is essential for the proliferation of the CoVs, and an inhibitor of the 3CL protease (3CLpro) is thought to be an ideal therapeutic agent against SARS, MERS, or COVID-19. Among these, SARS-CoV is the first corona-virus isolated and has been studied in detail since the first pandemic in 2003. This article briefly reviews a series of studies on SARS-CoV, focusing on the development of inhibitors for the SARS-CoV 3CLpro based on molecular interactions with the 3CL protease. Our recent approach, based on the structure-based rational design of a novel scaffold for SARS-CoV 3CLpro inhibitor, is also included. The achievements summarized in this short review would be useful for the design of a variety of novel inhibitors for corona-viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/patogenicidade , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Vírus da SARS/patogenicidade , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/classificação , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Humanos , Cinética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/genética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/metabolismo , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/classificação , Inibidores de Proteases/uso terapêutico , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Vírus da SARS/genética , Vírus da SARS/metabolismo , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/tratamento farmacológico , Especificidade por Substrato , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32872217

RESUMO

A pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and the number of newly reported cases continues to increase. More than 19.7 million cases have been reported globally and about 728,000 have died as of this writing (10 August 2020). Recently, it has been confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) enzyme is responsible not only for viral reproduction but also impedes host immune responses. The Mpro provides a highly favorable pharmacological target for the discovery and design of inhibitors. Currently, no specific therapies are available, and investigations into the treatment of COVID-19 are lacking. Therefore, herein, we analyzed the bioactive phytocompounds isolated by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) from Tinospora crispa as potential COVID-19 Mpro inhibitors, using molecular docking study. Our analyses unveiled that the top nine hits might serve as potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 lead molecules, with three of them exerting biological activity and warranting further optimization and drug development to combat COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Tinospora/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/classificação , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Descoberta de Drogas , Cromatografia Gasosa-Espectrometria de Massas , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Cinética , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Compostos Fitoquímicos/classificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/classificação , Inibidores de Proteases/isolamento & purificação , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Especificidade por Substrato , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-737517

RESUMO

Three types of new coronaviruses (CoVs) have been identified recently as the causative viruses for the severe pneumonia-like respiratory illnesses, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and corona-virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Neither therapeutic agents nor vaccines have been developed to date, which is a major drawback in controlling the present global pandemic of COVID-19 caused by SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and has resulted in more than 20,439,814 cases and 744,385 deaths. Each of the 3C-like (3CL) proteases of the three CoVs is essential for the proliferation of the CoVs, and an inhibitor of the 3CL protease (3CLpro) is thought to be an ideal therapeutic agent against SARS, MERS, or COVID-19. Among these, SARS-CoV is the first corona-virus isolated and has been studied in detail since the first pandemic in 2003. This article briefly reviews a series of studies on SARS-CoV, focusing on the development of inhibitors for the SARS-CoV 3CLpro based on molecular interactions with the 3CL protease. Our recent approach, based on the structure-based rational design of a novel scaffold for SARS-CoV 3CLpro inhibitor, is also included. The achievements summarized in this short review would be useful for the design of a variety of novel inhibitors for corona-viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/patogenicidade , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Vírus da SARS/patogenicidade , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/classificação , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Humanos , Cinética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/genética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/metabolismo , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/classificação , Inibidores de Proteases/uso terapêutico , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Vírus da SARS/genética , Vírus da SARS/metabolismo , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/tratamento farmacológico , Especificidade por Substrato , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-740497

RESUMO

A pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and the number of newly reported cases continues to increase. More than 19.7 million cases have been reported globally and about 728,000 have died as of this writing (10 August 2020). Recently, it has been confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) enzyme is responsible not only for viral reproduction but also impedes host immune responses. The Mpro provides a highly favorable pharmacological target for the discovery and design of inhibitors. Currently, no specific therapies are available, and investigations into the treatment of COVID-19 are lacking. Therefore, herein, we analyzed the bioactive phytocompounds isolated by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) from Tinospora crispa as potential COVID-19 Mpro inhibitors, using molecular docking study. Our analyses unveiled that the top nine hits might serve as potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 lead molecules, with three of them exerting biological activity and warranting further optimization and drug development to combat COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Tinospora/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/classificação , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Descoberta de Drogas , Cromatografia Gasosa-Espectrometria de Massas , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Cinética , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Compostos Fitoquímicos/classificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/classificação , Inibidores de Proteases/isolamento & purificação , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Especificidade por Substrato , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Biochemistry ; 59(39): 3741-3756, 2020 10 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-765976

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) is essential to viral replication and cleaves highly specific substrate sequences, making it an obvious target for inhibitor design. However, as for any virus, SARS-CoV-2 is subject to constant neutral drift and selection pressure, with new Mpro mutations arising over time. Identification and structural characterization of Mpro variants is thus critical for robust inhibitor design. Here we report sequence analysis, structure predictions, and molecular modeling for seventy-nine Mpro variants, constituting all clinically observed mutations in this protein as of April 29, 2020. Residue substitution is widely distributed, with some tendency toward larger and more hydrophobic residues. Modeling and protein structure network analysis suggest differences in cohesion and active site flexibility, revealing patterns in viral evolution that have relevance for drug discovery.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Domínio Catalítico , Descoberta de Drogas , Evolução Molecular , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular , Filogenia , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Análise de Sequência de Proteína , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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J Mol Graph Model ; 100: 107690, 2020 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745925

RESUMO

Coronavirus epidemic 2019 (COVID-19), caused by novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is newly increasing worldwide and elevating global health concerns. Similar to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, the viral key 3-chymotrypsin-like cysteine protease enzyme (3CLPro), which controls 2019-nCoV duplications and manages its life cycle, could be pointed as a drug discovery target. Herein, we theoretically studied the binding ability of 10 structurally different anthocyanins with the catalytic dyad residues of 3CLpro of 2019-nCoV using molecular docking modelling. The results revealed that the polyacylated anthocyanins, including phacelianin, gentiodelphin, cyanodelphin, and tecophilin, were found to authentically bind with the receptor binding site and catalytic dyad (Cys145 and His41) of 2019-nCoV-3CLpro. Our analyses revealed that the top four hits might serve as potential anti-2019-nCoV leading molecules for further optimization and drug development process to combat COVID-19. This study unleashed that anthocyanins with specific structure could be used as effective anti-COVID-19 natural components.


Assuntos
Antocianinas/química , Antivirais/química , Benzopiranos/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Glucosídeos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Ligação Proteica , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Alinhamento de Sequência , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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J Mol Graph Model ; 100: 107710, 2020 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32829149

RESUMO

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 has prompted a worldwide health emergency. There is an urgent need for therapeutics, both through the repurposing of approved drugs and the development of new treatments. In addition to the viral drug targets, a number of human drug targets have been suggested. In theory, targeting human proteins should provide an advantage over targeting viral proteins in terms of drug resistance, which is commonly a problem in treating RNA viruses. This paper focuses on the human protein TMPRSS2, which supports coronavirus life cycles by cleaving viral spike proteins. The three-dimensional structure of TMPRSS2 is not known and so we have generated models of the TMPRSS2 in the apo state as well as in complex with a peptide substrate and putative inhibitors to aid future work. Importantly, many related human proteases have 80% or higher identity with TMPRSS2 in the S1-S1' subsites, with plasminogen and urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) having 95% identity. We highlight 376 approved, investigational or experimental drugs targeting S1A serine proteases that may also inhibit TMPRSS2. Whilst the presence of a relatively uncommon lysine residue in the S2/S3 subsites means that some serine protease inhibitors will not inhibit TMPRSS2, this residue is likely to provide a handle for selective targeting in a focused drug discovery project. We discuss how experimental drugs targeting related serine proteases might be repurposed as TMPRSS2 inhibitors to treat coronaviruses.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Serina Endopeptidases/química , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Ligantes , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Plasminogênio/antagonistas & inibidores , Plasminogênio/química , Plasminogênio/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ligação Proteica , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Alinhamento de Sequência , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Homologia Estrutural de Proteína , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Termodinâmica , Ativador de Plasminogênio Tipo Uroquinase/antagonistas & inibidores , Ativador de Plasminogênio Tipo Uroquinase/química , Ativador de Plasminogênio Tipo Uroquinase/metabolismo
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Sci Transl Med ; 12(557)2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32747425

RESUMO

Pathogenic coronaviruses are a major threat to global public health, as exemplified by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and the newly emerged SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We describe herein the structure-guided optimization of a series of inhibitors of the coronavirus 3C-like protease (3CLpro), an enzyme essential for viral replication. The optimized compounds were effective against several human coronaviruses including MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2 in an enzyme assay and in cell-based assays using Huh-7 and Vero E6 cell lines. Two selected compounds showed antiviral effects against SARS-CoV-2 in cultured primary human airway epithelial cells. In a mouse model of MERS-CoV infection, administration of a lead compound 1 day after virus infection increased survival from 0 to 100% and reduced lung viral titers and lung histopathology. These results suggest that this series of compounds has the potential to be developed further as antiviral drugs against human coronaviruses.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/efeitos dos fármacos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/fisiologia , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas , Especificidade da Espécie , Eletricidade Estática , Pesquisa Médica Translacional , Células Vero , Carga Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química
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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem ; 35(1): 1539-1544, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32746637

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a pandemic disease of which the termination is not yet predictable. Currently, researches to develop vaccines and treatments is going on globally to cope with this disastrous disease. Main protease (3CLpro) from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is one of the good targets to find antiviral agents before vaccines are available. Some flavonoids are known to inhibit 3CLpro from SARS-CoV which causes SARS. Since their sequence identity is 96%, a similar approach was performed with a flavonoid library. Baicalin, herbacetin, and pectolinarin have been discovered to block the proteolytic activity of SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro. An in silico docking study showed that the binding modes of herbacetin and pectolinarin are similar to those obtained from the catalytic domain of SARS-CoV 3CLpro. However, their binding affinities are different due to the usage of whole SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro in this study. Baicalin showed an effective inhibitory activity against SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro and its docking mode is different from those of herbacetin and pectolinarin. This study suggests important scaffolds to design 3CLpro inhibitors to develop antiviral agents or health-foods and dietary supplements to cope with SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Flavonoides/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Virais/química , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus , Desenho de Fármacos , Transferência Ressonante de Energia de Fluorescência , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Espectrofotometria , Triptofano/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4282, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855413

RESUMO

The main protease, Mpro (or 3CLpro) in SARS-CoV-2 is a viable drug target because of its essential role in the cleavage of the virus polypeptide. Feline infectious peritonitis, a fatal coronavirus infection in cats, was successfully treated previously with a prodrug GC376, a dipeptide-based protease inhibitor. Here, we show the prodrug and its parent GC373, are effective inhibitors of the Mpro from both SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 with IC50 values in the nanomolar range. Crystal structures of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro with these inhibitors have a covalent modification of the nucleophilic Cys145. NMR analysis reveals that inhibition proceeds via reversible formation of a hemithioacetal. GC373 and GC376 are potent inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 replication in cell culture. They are strong drug candidates for the treatment of human coronavirus infections because they have already been successful in animals. The work here lays the framework for their use in human trials for the treatment of COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Coronavirus Felino/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Células A549 , Animais , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus Felino/enzimologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Humanos , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Estrutura Molecular , Pró-Fármacos , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Pirrolidinas/química , Pirrolidinas/farmacologia , Vírus da SARS/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da SARS/enzimologia , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 08 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32859008

RESUMO

Coronaviruses are viral infections that have a significant ability to impact human health. Coronaviruses have produced two pandemics and one epidemic in the last two decades. The current pandemic has created a worldwide catastrophe threatening the lives of over 15 million as of July 2020. Current research efforts have been focused on producing a vaccine or repurposing current drug compounds to develop a therapeutic. There is, however, a need to study the active site preferences of relevant targets, such as the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (SARS-CoV-2 Mpro), to determine ways to optimize these drug compounds. The ensemble docking and characterization work described in this article demonstrates the multifaceted features of the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro active site, molecular guidelines to improving binding affinity, and ultimately the optimization of drug candidates. A total of 220 compounds were docked into both the 5R7Z and 6LU7 SARS-CoV-2 Mpro crystal structures. Several key preferences for strong binding to the four subsites (S1, S1', S2, and S4) were identified, such as accessing hydrogen binding hotspots, hydrophobic patches, and utilization of primarily aliphatic instead of aromatic substituents. After optimization efforts using the design guidelines developed from the molecular docking studies, the average docking score of the parent compounds was improved by 6.59 -log10(Kd) in binding affinity which represents an increase of greater than six orders of magnitude. Using the optimization guidelines, the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitor cinanserin was optimized resulting in an increase in binding affinity of 4.59 -log10(Kd) and increased protease inhibitor bioactivity. The results of molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of cinanserin-optimized compounds CM02, CM06, and CM07 revealed that CM02 and CM06 fit well into the active site of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro [Protein Data Bank (PDB) accession number 6LU7] and formed strong and stable interactions with the key residues, Ser-144, His-163, and Glu-166. The enhanced binding affinity produced demonstrates the utility of the design guidelines described. The work described herein will assist scientists in developing potent COVID-19 antivirals.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Domínio Catalítico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Desenho de Fármacos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular/métodos , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química
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Eur J Pharmacol ; 885: 173499, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841639

RESUMO

The entry of SARS-CoV-2 into host cells proceeds by a proteolysis process, which involves the lysosomal peptidase cathepsin L. Inhibition of cathepsin L is therefore considered an effective method to decrease the virus internalization. Analysis from the perspective of structure-functionality elucidates that cathepsin L inhibitory proteins/peptides found in food share specific features: multiple disulfide crosslinks (buried in protein core), lack or low contents of (small) α-helices, and high surface hydrophobicity. Lactoferrin can inhibit cathepsin L, but not cathepsins B and H. This selective inhibition might be useful in fine targeting of cathepsin L. Molecular docking indicated that only the carboxyl-terminal lobe of lactoferrin interacts with cathepsin L and that the active site cleft of cathepsin L is heavily superposed by lactoferrin. A controlled proteolysis process might yield lactoferrin-derived peptides that strongly inhibit cathepsin L.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Catepsina L/antagonistas & inibidores , Alimentos , Lactoferrina/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Antivirais/química , Lactoferrina/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
15.
Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32842509

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak caused an unprecedented global public health threat, having a high transmission rate with currently no drugs or vaccines approved. An alternative powerful additional approach to counteract COVID-19 is in silico drug repurposing. The SARS-CoV-2 main protease is essential for viral replication and an attractive drug target. In this study, we used the virtual screening protocol with both long-range and short-range interactions to select candidate SARS-CoV-2 main protease inhibitors. First, the Informational spectrum method applied for small molecules was used for searching the Drugbank database and further followed by molecular docking. After in silico screening of drug space, we identified 57 drugs as potential SARS-CoV-2 main protease inhibitors that we propose for further experimental testing.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Mezlocilina/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Raltegravir Potássico/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Sítio Alostérico , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Expressão Gênica , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Humanos , Mezlocilina/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Raltegravir Potássico/farmacologia , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
16.
Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32842606

RESUMO

Presently, there are no approved drugs or vaccines to treat COVID-19, which has spread to over 200 countries and at the time of writing was responsible for over 650,000 deaths worldwide. Recent studies have shown that two human proteases, TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L, play a key role in host cell entry of SARS-CoV-2. Importantly, inhibitors of these proteases were shown to block SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here, we perform virtual screening of 14,011 phytochemicals produced by Indian medicinal plants to identify natural product inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. AutoDock Vina was used to perform molecular docking of phytochemicals against TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Potential phytochemical inhibitors were filtered by comparing their docked binding energies with those of known inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Further, the ligand binding site residues and non-covalent interactions between protein and ligand were used as an additional filter to identify phytochemical inhibitors that either bind to or form interactions with residues important for the specificity of the target proteases. This led to the identification of 96 inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and 9 inhibitors of cathepsin L among phytochemicals of Indian medicinal plants. Further, we have performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to analyze the stability of the protein-ligand complexes for the three top inhibitors of TMPRSS2 namely, qingdainone, edgeworoside C and adlumidine, and of cathepsin L namely, ararobinol, (+)-oxoturkiyenine and 3α,17α-cinchophylline. Interestingly, several herbal sources of identified phytochemical inhibitors have antiviral or anti-inflammatory use in traditional medicine. Further in vitro and in vivo testing is needed before clinical trials of the promising phytochemical inhibitors identified here.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Catepsina L/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Receptores Virais/química , Serina Endopeptidases/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Sítios de Ligação , Catepsina L/antagonistas & inibidores , Catepsina L/genética , Catepsina L/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cumarínicos/química , Cumarínicos/isolamento & purificação , Cumarínicos/farmacologia , Expressão Gênica , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Índia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Monossacarídeos/química , Monossacarídeos/isolamento & purificação , Monossacarídeos/farmacologia , Pandemias , Compostos Fitoquímicos/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/isolamento & purificação , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Quinazolinas/química , Quinazolinas/isolamento & purificação , Quinazolinas/farmacologia , Receptores Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Termodinâmica , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
17.
Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4282, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-733525

RESUMO

The main protease, Mpro (or 3CLpro) in SARS-CoV-2 is a viable drug target because of its essential role in the cleavage of the virus polypeptide. Feline infectious peritonitis, a fatal coronavirus infection in cats, was successfully treated previously with a prodrug GC376, a dipeptide-based protease inhibitor. Here, we show the prodrug and its parent GC373, are effective inhibitors of the Mpro from both SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 with IC50 values in the nanomolar range. Crystal structures of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro with these inhibitors have a covalent modification of the nucleophilic Cys145. NMR analysis reveals that inhibition proceeds via reversible formation of a hemithioacetal. GC373 and GC376 are potent inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 replication in cell culture. They are strong drug candidates for the treatment of human coronavirus infections because they have already been successful in animals. The work here lays the framework for their use in human trials for the treatment of COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Coronavirus Felino/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Células A549 , Animais , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus Felino/enzimologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Humanos , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Estrutura Molecular , Pró-Fármacos , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Pirrolidinas/química , Pirrolidinas/farmacologia , Vírus da SARS/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da SARS/enzimologia , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
18.
Viruses ; 12(9)2020 08 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-771429

RESUMO

Coronaviruses are viral infections that have a significant ability to impact human health. Coronaviruses have produced two pandemics and one epidemic in the last two decades. The current pandemic has created a worldwide catastrophe threatening the lives of over 15 million as of July 2020. Current research efforts have been focused on producing a vaccine or repurposing current drug compounds to develop a therapeutic. There is, however, a need to study the active site preferences of relevant targets, such as the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (SARS-CoV-2 Mpro), to determine ways to optimize these drug compounds. The ensemble docking and characterization work described in this article demonstrates the multifaceted features of the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro active site, molecular guidelines to improving binding affinity, and ultimately the optimization of drug candidates. A total of 220 compounds were docked into both the 5R7Z and 6LU7 SARS-CoV-2 Mpro crystal structures. Several key preferences for strong binding to the four subsites (S1, S1', S2, and S4) were identified, such as accessing hydrogen binding hotspots, hydrophobic patches, and utilization of primarily aliphatic instead of aromatic substituents. After optimization efforts using the design guidelines developed from the molecular docking studies, the average docking score of the parent compounds was improved by 6.59 -log10(Kd) in binding affinity which represents an increase of greater than six orders of magnitude. Using the optimization guidelines, the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitor cinanserin was optimized resulting in an increase in binding affinity of 4.59 -log10(Kd) and increased protease inhibitor bioactivity. The results of molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of cinanserin-optimized compounds CM02, CM06, and CM07 revealed that CM02 and CM06 fit well into the active site of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro [Protein Data Bank (PDB) accession number 6LU7] and formed strong and stable interactions with the key residues, Ser-144, His-163, and Glu-166. The enhanced binding affinity produced demonstrates the utility of the design guidelines described. The work described herein will assist scientists in developing potent COVID-19 antivirals.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Domínio Catalítico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Desenho de Fármacos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular/métodos , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química
19.
Sci Transl Med ; 12(557)2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-694565

RESUMO

Pathogenic coronaviruses are a major threat to global public health, as exemplified by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and the newly emerged SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We describe herein the structure-guided optimization of a series of inhibitors of the coronavirus 3C-like protease (3CLpro), an enzyme essential for viral replication. The optimized compounds were effective against several human coronaviruses including MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2 in an enzyme assay and in cell-based assays using Huh-7 and Vero E6 cell lines. Two selected compounds showed antiviral effects against SARS-CoV-2 in cultured primary human airway epithelial cells. In a mouse model of MERS-CoV infection, administration of a lead compound 1 day after virus infection increased survival from 0 to 100% and reduced lung viral titers and lung histopathology. These results suggest that this series of compounds has the potential to be developed further as antiviral drugs against human coronaviruses.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/efeitos dos fármacos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/fisiologia , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas , Especificidade da Espécie , Eletricidade Estática , Pesquisa Médica Translacional , Células Vero , Carga Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química
20.
J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem ; 35(1): 1539-1544, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-694175

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a pandemic disease of which the termination is not yet predictable. Currently, researches to develop vaccines and treatments is going on globally to cope with this disastrous disease. Main protease (3CLpro) from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is one of the good targets to find antiviral agents before vaccines are available. Some flavonoids are known to inhibit 3CLpro from SARS-CoV which causes SARS. Since their sequence identity is 96%, a similar approach was performed with a flavonoid library. Baicalin, herbacetin, and pectolinarin have been discovered to block the proteolytic activity of SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro. An in silico docking study showed that the binding modes of herbacetin and pectolinarin are similar to those obtained from the catalytic domain of SARS-CoV 3CLpro. However, their binding affinities are different due to the usage of whole SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro in this study. Baicalin showed an effective inhibitory activity against SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro and its docking mode is different from those of herbacetin and pectolinarin. This study suggests important scaffolds to design 3CLpro inhibitors to develop antiviral agents or health-foods and dietary supplements to cope with SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Flavonoides/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Virais/química , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus , Desenho de Fármacos , Transferência Ressonante de Energia de Fluorescência , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Espectrofotometria , Triptofano/química
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