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Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 22(43): 25335-25343, 2020 Nov 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33140777

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an ongoing global pandemic with very limited specific treatments. To fight COVID-19, various traditional antiviral medicines have been prescribed in China to infected patients with mild to moderate symptoms and received unexpected success in controlling the disease. However, the molecular mechanisms of how these herbal medicines interact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 have remained elusive. It is well known that the main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2 plays an important role in maturation of many viral proteins such as the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Here, we explore the underlying molecular mechanisms of the computationally determined top candidate, namely, rutin which is a key component in many traditional antiviral medicines such as Lianhuaqinwen and Shuanghuanlian, for inhibiting the viral target-Mpro. Using in silico methods (docking and molecular dynamics simulations), we revealed the dynamics and energetics of rutin when interacting with the Mpro of SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that the highly hydrophilic rutin molecule can be bound inside the Mpro's pocket (active site) and possibly inhibit its biological functions. In addition, we optimized the structure of rutin and designed two more hydrophobic analogs, M1 and M2, which satisfy the rule of five for western medicines and demonstrated that they (M2 in particular) possess much stronger binding affinities to the SARS-COV-2s Mpro than rutin, due to the enhanced hydrophobic interaction as well as more hydrogen bonds. Therefore, our results provide invaluable insights into the mechanism of a ligand's binding inside the Mpro and shed light on future structure-based designs of high-potent inhibitors for SARS-CoV-2 Mpro.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Rutina/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Sítios de Ligação , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Medicina Herbária , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos , Rutina/metabolismo , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química
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J Phys Chem Lett ; 11(21): 9144-9151, 2020 Nov 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33052685

RESUMO

The raging COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has infected tens of millions of people and killed several hundred thousand patients worldwide. Currently, there are no effective drugs or vaccines available for treating coronavirus infections. In this study, we have focused on the SARS-CoV-2 helicase (Nsp13), which is critical for viral replication and the most conserved nonstructural protein within the coronavirus family. Using homology modeling that couples published electron-density with molecular dynamics (MD)-based structural refinements, we generated structural models of the SARS-CoV-2 helicase in its apo- and ATP/RNA-bound conformations. We performed virtual screening of ∼970 000 chemical compounds against the ATP-binding site to identify potential inhibitors. Herein, we report docking hits of approved human drugs targeting the ATP-binding site. Importantly, two of our top drug hits have significant activity in inhibiting purified recombinant SARS-CoV-2 helicase, providing hope that these drugs can be potentially repurposed for the treatment of COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , RNA Helicases/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Trifosfato de Adenosina/química , Trifosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Antivirais/metabolismo , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Sítios de Ligação , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , RNA Helicases/química , RNA Helicases/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Sci Adv ; 6(42)2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33067239

RESUMO

Viral papain-like cysteine protease (PLpro, NSP3) is essential for SARS-CoV-2 replication and represents a promising target for the development of antiviral drugs. Here, we used a combinatorial substrate library and performed comprehensive activity profiling of SARS-CoV-2 PLpro. On the scaffold of the best hits from positional scanning, we designed optimal fluorogenic substrates and irreversible inhibitors with a high degree of selectivity for SARS PLpro. We determined crystal structures of two of these inhibitors in complex with SARS-CoV-2 PLpro that reveals their inhibitory mechanisms and provides a molecular basis for the observed substrate specificity profiles. Last, we demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 PLpro harbors deISGylating activity similar to SARSCoV-1 PLpro but its ability to hydrolyze K48-linked Ub chains is diminished, which our sequence and structure analysis provides a basis for. Together, this work has revealed the molecular rules governing PLpro substrate specificity and provides a framework for development of inhibitors with potential therapeutic value or drug repurposing.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Desenho de Fármacos , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Sítios de Ligação , Domínio Catalítico , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/genética , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Humanos , Cinética , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Oligopeptídeos/química , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/biossíntese , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação , Especificidade por Substrato , Ubiquitinas/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 16577, 2020 10 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33024223

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for COVID-19, resulting in the largest pandemic in over a hundred years. After examining the molecular structures and activities of hepatitis C viral inhibitors and comparing hepatitis C virus and coronavirus replication, we previously postulated that the FDA-approved hepatitis C drug EPCLUSA (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) might inhibit SARS-CoV-2. We subsequently demonstrated that Sofosbuvir triphosphate is incorporated by the relatively low fidelity SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRps), serving as an immediate polymerase reaction terminator, but not by a host-like high fidelity DNA polymerase. Other investigators have since demonstrated the ability of Sofosbuvir to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung and brain cells; additionally, COVID-19 clinical trials with EPCLUSA and with Sofosbuvir plus Daclatasvir have been initiated in several countries. SARS-CoV-2 has an exonuclease-based proofreader to maintain the viral genome integrity. Any effective antiviral targeting the SARS-CoV-2 RdRp must display a certain level of resistance to this proofreading activity. We report here that Sofosbuvir terminated RNA resists removal by the exonuclease to a substantially higher extent than RNA terminated by Remdesivir, another drug being used as a COVID-19 therapeutic. These results offer a molecular basis supporting the current use of Sofosbuvir in combination with other drugs in COVID-19 clinical trials.


Assuntos
Monofosfato de Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Alanina/análogos & derivados , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Exonucleases/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pró-Fármacos/farmacologia , RNA Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Sofosbuvir/farmacologia , Monofosfato de Adenosina/química , Monofosfato de Adenosina/farmacologia , Monofosfato de Adenosina/uso terapêutico , Alanina/química , Alanina/farmacologia , Alanina/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Descoberta de Drogas/métodos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Hepacivirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Hepacivirus/enzimologia , Hepatite C/tratamento farmacológico , Hepatite C/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Pró-Fármacos/uso terapêutico , RNA Replicase/antagonistas & inibidores , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , RNA Viral/química , RNA Viral/metabolismo , Sofosbuvir/química , Sofosbuvir/uso terapêutico , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5047, 2020 10 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33028810

RESUMO

COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, lacks effective therapeutics. Additionally, no antiviral drugs or vaccines were developed against the closely related coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1 or MERS-CoV, despite previous zoonotic outbreaks. To identify starting points for such therapeutics, we performed a large-scale screen of electrophile and non-covalent fragments through a combined mass spectrometry and X-ray approach against the SARS-CoV-2 main protease, one of two cysteine viral proteases essential for viral replication. Our crystallographic screen identified 71 hits that span the entire active site, as well as 3 hits at the dimer interface. These structures reveal routes to rapidly develop more potent inhibitors through merging of covalent and non-covalent fragment hits; one series of low-reactivity, tractable covalent fragments were progressed to discover improved binders. These combined hits offer unprecedented structural and reactivity information for on-going structure-based drug design against SARS-CoV-2 main protease.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Domínio Catalítico , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Desenho de Fármacos , Espectrometria de Massas , Modelos Moleculares , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Conformação Proteica , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/química , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/metabolismo , Eletricidade Estática , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 17716, 2020 10 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33077821

RESUMO

In the rapidly evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, repurposing existing drugs and evaluating commercially available inhibitors against druggable targets of the virus could be an effective strategy to accelerate the drug discovery process. The 3C-Like proteinase (3CLpro) of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been identified as an important drug target due to its role in viral replication. The lack of a potent 3CLpro inhibitor and the availability of the X-ray crystal structure of 3CLpro (PDB-ID 6LU7) motivated us to perform computational studies to identify commercially available potential inhibitors. A combination of modeling studies was performed to identify potential 3CLpro inhibitors from the protease inhibitor database MEROPS ( https://www.ebi.ac.uk/merops/index.shtml ). Binding energy evaluation identified key residues for inhibitor design. We found 15 potential 3CLpro inhibitors with higher binding affinity than that of an α-ketoamide inhibitor determined via X-ray structure. Among them, saquinavir and three other investigational drugs aclarubicin, TMC-310911, and faldaprevir could be suggested as potential 3CLpro inhibitors. We recommend further experimental investigation of these compounds.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Aclarubicina/química , Aclarubicina/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Sítios de Ligação , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Bases de Dados Factuais , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Oligopeptídeos/química , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/metabolismo , Termodinâmica , Tiazóis/química , Tiazóis/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 22(40): 23099-23106, 2020 Oct 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33025993

RESUMO

COVID-19 has caused lockdowns all over the world in early 2020, as a global pandemic. Both theoretical and experimental efforts are seeking to find an effective treatment to suppress the virus. In silico drug design can play a vital role in identifying promising drug candidates against COVID-19. Herein, we focused on the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 that has crucial biological functions in the virus. We performed a ligand-based virtual screening followed by a docking screening for testing approved drugs and bioactive compounds listed in the DrugBank and ChEMBL databases. The top 8 docking results were advanced to all-atom MD simulations to study the relative stability of the protein-ligand interactions. MD simulations support that the catalytic residue, His41, has a neutral side chain with a protonated delta position. An absolute binding energy (ΔG) of -42 kJ mol-1 for the protein-ligand (Mpro-N3) complex has been calculated using the potential-of-mean-force (geometrical) approach. Furthermore, the relative binding energies were computed for the top docking results. Our results suggest several promising approved and bioactive inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro as follows: a bioactive compound, ChEMBL275592, which has the best MM/GBSA binding energy; the second-best compound, montelukast, is an approved drug used in the treatment of asthma and allergic rhinitis; the third-best compound, ChEMBL288347, is a bioactive compound. Bromocriptine and saquinavir are other approved drugs that also demonstrate stability in the active site of Mpro, albeit their relative binding energies are low compared to the N3 inhibitor. This study provides useful insights into de novo protein design and novel inhibitor development, which could reduce the cost and time required for the discovery of a potent drug to combat SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Desenho de Fármacos , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Ligantes , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/metabolismo , Eletricidade Estática , Termodinâmica , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Molecules ; 25(19)2020 Oct 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33036293

RESUMO

A novel series of some hydrazones bearing thiazole moiety were generated via solvent-drop grinding of thiazole carbohydrazide 2 with various carbonyl compounds. Also, dehydrative-cyclocondensation of 2 with active methylene compounds or anhydrides gave the respective pyarzole or pyrazine derivatives. The structures of the newly synthesized compounds were established based on spectroscopic evidences and their alternative syntheses. Additionally, the anti-viral activity of all the products was tested against SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) using molecular docking combined with molecular dynamics simulation (MDS). The average binding affinities of the compounds 3a, 3b, and 3c (-8.1 ± 0.33 kcal/mol, -8.0 ± 0.35 kcal/mol, and -8.2 ± 0.21 kcal/mol, respectively) are better than that of the positive control Nelfinavir (-6.9 ± 0.51 kcal/mol). This shows the possibility of these three compounds to effectively bind to SARS-CoV-2 Mpro and hence, contradict the virus lifecycle.


Assuntos
Antivirais/síntese química , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Hidrazonas/síntese química , Inibidores de Proteases/síntese química , Pirazinas/síntese química , Pirazóis/síntese química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Sítios de Ligação , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Descoberta de Drogas , Humanos , Hidrazonas/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Pirazinas/farmacologia , Pirazóis/farmacologia , Termodinâmica , Interface Usuário-Computador , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32998618

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This work aimed at evaluating the inhibitory effect of ten natural bioactive compounds (1-10) as potential inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2-3CL main protease (PDB ID: 6LU7) and SARS-CoV main proteases (PDB IDs: 2GTB and 3TNT) by molecular docking analysis. The inhibitory effect of all studied compounds was studied with compared to some proposed antiviral drugs which currently used in COVID-19 treatment such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, remdesivir, baloxvir, lopinavir, and favipiravir. Homology modeling and sequence alignment was computed to evaluate the similarity between the SARS-CoV-2-3CL main protease and other SARS-CoV receptors. ADMET properties of all studied compounds were computed and reported. Also, molecular dynamic (MD) simulation was performed on the compound which has the highest binding affinity inside 6LU7 obtained from molecular docking analysis to study it is stability inside receptor in explicit water solvent. Based on molecular docking analysis, we found that caulerpin has the highest binding affinity inside all studied receptors compared to other bioactive compounds and studied drugs. Our homology modeling and sequence alignment showed that SARS-CoV main protease (PDB ID: 3TNT) shares high similarity with 3CLpro (96.00%). Also, ADMET properties confirmed that caulerpin obeys Lipinski's rule and passes ADMET property, which make it a promising compound to act as a new safe natural drug against SARS-CoV-2-3CL main protease. Finally, MD simulation confirmed that the complex formed between caulerpin and 3CLpro is stable in water explicit and had no major effect on the flexibility of the protein throughout the simulations and provided a suitable basis for our study. Also, binding free energy between caulerpin and 6LU7 confirmed the efficacy of the caulerpin molecule against SARS-CoV-2 main protease. So, this study suggested that caulerpin could be used as a potential candidate in COVID-19 treatment.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Indóis/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 16986, 2020 10 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33046764

RESUMO

We performed molecular dynamics simulation of the dimeric SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2) main protease (Mpro) to examine the binding dynamics of small molecular ligands. Seven HIV inhibitors, darunavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, and tipranavir, were used as the potential lead drugs to investigate access to the drug binding sites in Mpro. The frequently accessed sites on Mpro were classified based on contacts between the ligands and the protein, and the differences in site distributions of the encounter complex were observed among the ligands. All seven ligands showed binding to the active site at least twice in 28 simulations of 200 ns each. We further investigated the variations in the complex structure of the active site with the ligands, using microsecond order simulations. Results revealed a wide variation in the shapes of the binding sites and binding poses of the ligands. Additionally, the C-terminal region of the other chain often interacted with the ligands and the active site. Collectively, these findings indicate the importance of dynamic sampling of protein-ligand complexes and suggest the possibilities of further drug optimisations.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Inibidores da Protease de HIV/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação/efeitos dos fármacos , Fenômenos Biofísicos , Domínio Catalítico/efeitos dos fármacos , Biologia Computacional , Darunavir/metabolismo , Darunavir/farmacologia , Inibidores da Protease de HIV/metabolismo , Humanos , Indinavir/metabolismo , Indinavir/farmacologia , Lopinavir/metabolismo , Lopinavir/farmacologia , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Nelfinavir/metabolismo , Nelfinavir/farmacologia , Pandemias , Ritonavir/metabolismo , Ritonavir/farmacologia , Saquinavir/metabolismo , Saquinavir/farmacologia
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Molecules ; 25(20)2020 Oct 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33050360

RESUMO

The current pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus, is a severe challenge for human health and the world economy. There is an urgent need for development of drugs that can manage this pandemic, as it has already infected 19 million people and led to the death of around 711,277 people worldwide. At this time, in-silico studies are providing lots of preliminary data about potential drugs, which can be a great help in further in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Here, we have selected three polyphenolic compounds, mangiferin, glucogallin, and phlorizin. These compounds are isolated from different natural sources but share structural similarities and have been reported for their antiviral activity. The objective of this study is to analyze and predict the anti-protease activity of these compounds on SARS-CoV-2main protease (Mpro) and TMPRSS2 protein. Both the viral protein and the host protein play an important role in the viral life cycle, such as post-translational modification and viral spike protein priming. This study has been performed by molecular docking of the compounds using PyRx with AutoDock Vina on the two aforementioned targets chosen for this study, i.e., SARS-CoV-2 Mpro and TMPRSS2. The compounds showed good binding affinity and are further analyzed by (Molecular dynamic) MD and Molecular Mechanics Poisson-Boltzmann Surface Area MM-PBSA study. The MD-simulation study has predicted that these natural compounds will have a great impact on the stabilization of the binding cavity of the Mpro of SARS-CoV-2. The predicted pharmacokinetic parameters also show that these compounds are expected to have good solubility and absorption properties. Further predictions for these compounds also showed no involvement in drug-drug interaction and no toxicity.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Produtos Biológicos/farmacologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Polifenóis/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Serina Endopeptidases/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Antivirais/farmacologia , Simulação por Computador , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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J Comput Aided Mol Des ; 34(12): 1237-1259, 2020 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33034007

RESUMO

Computational protein-ligand docking is well-known to be prone to inaccuracies in input receptor structures, and it is challenging to obtain good docking results with computationally predicted receptor structures (e.g. through homology modeling). Here we introduce a fragment-based docking method and test if it reduces requirements on the accuracy of an input receptor structures relative to non-fragment docking approaches. In this method, small rigid fragments are docked first using AutoDock Vina to generate a large number of favorably docked poses spanning the receptor binding pocket. Then a graph theory maximum clique algorithm is applied to find combined sets of docked poses of different fragment types onto which the complete ligand can be properly aligned. On the basis of these alignments, possible binding poses of complete ligand are determined. This docking method is first tested for bound docking on a series of Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzyme-substrate complexes, in which experimentally determined receptor structures are used. For all complexes tested, ligand poses of less than 1 Å root mean square deviations (RMSD) from the actual binding positions can be recovered. Then the method is tested for unbound docking with modeled receptor structures for a number of protein-ligand complexes from different families including the very recent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) protease. For all complexes, poses with RMSD less than 3 Å from actual binding positions can be recovered. Our results suggest that for docking with approximately modeled receptor structures, fragment-based methods can be more effective than common complete ligand docking approaches.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases/efeitos dos fármacos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/efeitos dos fármacos , ATPases Associadas a Diversas Atividades Celulares/química , ATPases Associadas a Diversas Atividades Celulares/metabolismo , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Sistema Enzimático do Citocromo P-450/química , Sistema Enzimático do Citocromo P-450/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/química , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Humanos , Ligantes , Modelos Químicos , Modelos Moleculares , Chaperonas Moleculares/química , Chaperonas Moleculares/metabolismo , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/química , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/química , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/química , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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J Chem Theory Comput ; 16(11): 7160-7172, 2020 Nov 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33090785

RESUMO

In the context of drug-receptor binding affinity calculations using molecular dynamics techniques, we implemented a combination of Hamiltonian replica exchange (HREM) and a novel nonequilibrium alchemical methodology, called virtual double-system single-box, with increased accuracy, precision, and efficiency with respect to the standard nonequilibrium approaches. The method has been applied for the determination of absolute binding free energies of 16 newly designed noncovalent ligands of the main protease (3CLpro) of SARS-CoV-2. The core structures of 3CLpro ligands were previously identified using a multimodal structure-based ligand design in combination with docking techniques. The calculated binding free energies for four additional ligands with known activity (either for SARS-CoV or SARS-CoV-2 main protease) are also reported. The nature of binding in the 3CLpro active site and the involved residues besides the CYS-HYS catalytic dyad have been thoroughly characterized by enhanced sampling simulations of the bound state. We have identified several noncongeneric compounds with predicted low micromolar activity for 3CLpro inhibition, which may constitute possible lead compounds for the development of antiviral agents in Covid-19 treatment.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Antivirais/farmacologia , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Ligantes , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteases/uso terapêutico , Ligação Proteica , Interface Usuário-Computador , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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J Mol Graph Model ; 101: 107758, 2020 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33007575

RESUMO

A novel strain of coronavirus, namely, SARS-CoV-2 identified in Wuhan city of China in December 2019, continues to spread at a rapid rate worldwide. There are no specific therapies available and investigations regarding the treatment of this disease are still lacking. In order to identify a novel potent inhibitor, we performed blind docking studies on the main virus protease Mpro with eight approved drugs belonging to four pharmacological classes such as: anti-malarial, anti-bacterial, anti-infective and anti-histamine. Among the eight studied compounds, Lymecycline and Mizolastine appear as potential inhibitors of this protease. When docked against Mpro crystal structure, these two compounds revealed a minimum binding energy of -8.87 and -8.71 kcal/mol with 168 and 256 binding modes detected in the binding substrate pocket, respectively. Further, to study the interaction mechanism and conformational dynamics of protein-ligand complexes, Molecular dynamic simulation and MM/PBSA binding free calculations were performed. Our results showed that both Lymecycline and Mizolastine bind in the active site. And exhibited good binding affinities towards target protein. Moreover, the ADMET analysis also indicated drug-likeness properties. Thus it is suggested that the identified compounds can inhibit Chymotrypsin-like protease (3CLpro) of SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Animais , Antibacterianos/química , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/farmacocinética , Antivirais/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , Simulação por Computador , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Bases de Dados de Produtos Farmacêuticos , Aprovação de Drogas , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Antagonistas dos Receptores Histamínicos/química , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacocinética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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J Mol Graph Model ; 101: 107762, 2020 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33022569

RESUMO

Since the emergence of SARS-CoV2, to date, no effective antiviral drug has been approved to treat the disease, and no vaccine against SARS-CoV2 is available. Under this scenario, the combination of two HIV-1 protease inhibitors, lopinavir and ritonavir, has attracted attention since they have been previously employed against the SARS-CoV main proteinase (Mpro) and exhibited some signs of effectiveness. Recently, the 3D structure of SARS-CoV2 Mpro was constructed based on the monomeric SARS-CoV Mpro and employed to identify potential approved small inhibitors against SARS-CoV2 Mpro, allowing the selection of 15 drugs among 1903 approved drugs to be employed. In this study, we performed docking of these 15 approved drugs against the recently solved X-ray crystallography structure of SARS-CoV2 Mpro in the monomeric and dimeric states; the latter is the functional state that was determined in a biological context, and these were submitted to molecular dynamics (MD) simulations coupled with the molecular mechanics generalized Born surface area (MM/GBSA) approach to obtain insight into the inhibitory activity of these compounds. Similar studies were performed with lopinavir and ritonavir coupled to monomeric and dimeric SARS-CoV Mpro and SARS-CoV2 Mpro to compare the inhibitory differences. Our study provides the structural and energetic basis of the inhibitory properties of lopinavir and ritonavir on SARS-CoV Mpro and SARS-CoV2 Mpro, allowing us to identify two FDA-approved drugs that can be used against SARS-CoV2 Mpro. This study also demonstrated that drug discovery requires the dimeric state to obtain good results.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Antivirais/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Lopinavir/química , Lopinavir/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Análise de Componente Principal , Conformação Proteica , Multimerização Proteica , Ritonavir/química , Ritonavir/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Int J Biol Macromol ; 163: 1687-1696, 2020 Nov 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32980406

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 has caused COVID-19 outbreak with nearly 2 M infected people and over 100K death worldwide, until middle of April 2020. There is no confirmed drug for the treatment of COVID-19 yet. As the disease spread fast and threaten human life, repositioning of FDA approved drugs may provide fast options for treatment. In this aspect, structure-based drug design could be applied as a powerful approach in distinguishing the viral drug target regions from the host. Evaluation of variations in SARS-CoV-2 genome may ease finding specific drug targets in the viral genome. In this study, 3458 SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences isolated from all around the world were analyzed. Incidence of C17747T and A17858G mutations were observed to be much higher than others and they were on Nsp13, a vital enzyme of SARS-CoV-2. Effect of these mutations was evaluated on protein-drug interactions using in silico methods. The most potent drugs were found to interact with the key and neighbor residues of the active site responsible from ATP hydrolysis. As result, cangrelor, fludarabine, folic acid and polydatin were determined to be the most potent drugs which have potency to inhibit both the wild type and mutant SARS-CoV-2 helicase. Clinical data supporting these findings would be important towards overcoming COVID-19.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Metiltransferases/antagonistas & inibidores , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , RNA Helicases/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Monofosfato de Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Monofosfato de Adenosina/farmacologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Simulação por Computador , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Aprovação de Drogas , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Ácido Fólico/farmacologia , Genoma Viral , Glucosídeos/farmacologia , Humanos , Metiltransferases/química , Metiltransferases/genética , Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Mutação , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Helicases/química , RNA Helicases/genética , RNA Helicases/metabolismo , Estilbenos/farmacologia , Vidarabina/análogos & derivados , Vidarabina/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Nat Struct Mol Biol ; 27(10): 959-966, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908316

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 non-structural protein 1 (Nsp1), also referred to as the host shutoff factor, suppresses host innate immune functions. By combining cryo-electron microscopy and biochemistry, we show that SARS-CoV-2 Nsp1 binds to the human 40S subunit in ribosomal complexes, including the 43S pre-initiation complex and the non-translating 80S ribosome. The protein inserts its C-terminal domain into the mRNA channel, where it interferes with mRNA binding. We observe translation inhibition in the presence of Nsp1 in an in vitro translation system and in human cells. Based on the high-resolution structure of the 40S-Nsp1 complex, we identify residues of Nsp1 crucial for mediating translation inhibition. We further show that the full-length 5' untranslated region of the genomic viral mRNA stimulates translation in vitro, suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 combines global inhibition of translation by Nsp1 with efficient translation of the viral mRNA to allow expression of viral genes.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/química , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Biossíntese de Proteínas , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Regiões 5' não Traduzidas , Betacoronavirus/genética , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/fisiologia , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Subunidades Ribossômicas Menores de Eucariotos/genética , Subunidades Ribossômicas Menores de Eucariotos/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética
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Sci Signal ; 13(651)2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994211

RESUMO

There are currently no antiviral therapies specific for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global pandemic disease COVID-19. To facilitate structure-based drug design, we conducted an x-ray crystallographic study of the SARS-CoV-2 nsp16-nsp10 2'-O-methyltransferase complex, which methylates Cap-0 viral mRNAs to improve viral protein translation and to avoid host immune detection. We determined the structures for nsp16-nsp10 heterodimers bound to the methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), the reaction product S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), or the SAH analog sinefungin (SFG). We also solved structures for nsp16-nsp10 in complex with the methylated Cap-0 analog m7GpppA and either SAM or SAH. Comparative analyses between these structures and published structures for nsp16 from other betacoronaviruses revealed flexible loops in open and closed conformations at the m7GpppA-binding pocket. Bound sulfates in several of the structures suggested the location of the ribonucleic acid backbone phosphates in the ribonucleotide-binding groove. Additional nucleotide-binding sites were found on the face of the protein opposite the active site. These various sites and the conserved dimer interface could be exploited for the development of antiviral inhibitors.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Metiltransferases/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Adenosina/metabolismo , Adenosina/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Sítios de Ligação , Domínio Catalítico , Cristalografia por Raios X , Dimerização , Genes Virais/genética , Humanos , Metilação , Metiltransferases/antagonistas & inibidores , Modelos Moleculares , Fases de Leitura Aberta/genética , Pandemias , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Análogos de Capuz de RNA/metabolismo , Processamento Pós-Transcricional do RNA , RNA Viral/metabolismo , S-Adenosil-Homocisteína/metabolismo , S-Adenosilmetionina/metabolismo , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4417, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887884

RESUMO

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11 by WHO, due to its great threat to global public health. The coronavirus main protease (Mpro, also called 3CLpro) is essential for processing and maturation of the viral polyprotein, therefore recognized as an attractive drug target. Here we show that a clinically approved anti-HCV drug, Boceprevir, and a pre-clinical inhibitor against feline infectious peritonitis (corona) virus (FIPV), GC376, both efficaciously inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in Vero cells by targeting Mpro. Moreover, combined application of GC376 with Remdesivir, a nucleotide analogue that inhibits viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), results in sterilizing additive effect. Further structural analysis reveals binding of both inhibitors to the catalytically active side of SARS-CoV-2 protease Mpro as main mechanism of inhibition. Our findings may provide critical information for the optimization and design of more potent inhibitors against the emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prolina/análogos & derivados , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Pirrolidinas/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação/efeitos dos fármacos , Domínio Catalítico , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Prolina/farmacologia , RNA Replicase/antagonistas & inibidores , RNA Replicase/química , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(9): e0008603, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32925941

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) proposed guidelines on dengue clinical classification in 1997 and more recently in 2009 for the clinical management of patients. The WHO 1997 classification defines three categories of dengue infection according to severity: dengue fever (DF), dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Alternative WHO 2009 guidelines provide a cross-sectional classification aiming to discriminate dengue fever from dengue with warning signs (DWWS) and severe dengue (SD). The primary objective of this study was to perform a comparison of two dengue classifications. The secondary objective was to describe the changes of hematological and biochemical parameters occurring in patients presenting with different degrees of severity during the course of the disease, since progression to more severe clinical forms is unpredictable. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We performed a prospective, monocentric, cross-sectional study of hospitalized children in Cambodia, aged from 2 to 15 years old with severe and non-severe dengue. We enrolled 243 patients with acute dengue-like illness: 71.2% were dengue infections confirmed using quantitative reverse transcription PCR or NS1 antigen capture ELISA, of which 87.2% and 9.0% of DF cases were respectively classified DWWS and SD, and 35.9% of DHF were designated SD using an adapted WHO 2009 classification for SD case definition. Systematic use of ultrasound at patient admission was crucial for detecting plasma leakage. No difference was observed in the concentration of secreted NS1 protein between different dengue severity groups. Lipid profiles were different between DWWS and SD at admission, characterized by a decrease in total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol, in SD. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results show discrepancies between the two classifications, including misclassification of severe dengue cases as mild cases by the WHO 1997 classification. Using an adapted WHO 2009 classification, SD more precisely defines the group of patients requiring careful clinical care at a given time during hospitalization.


Assuntos
Dengue Grave/classificação , Dengue Grave/patologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Adolescente , Camboja , Criança , Criança Hospitalizada , Pré-Escolar , Colesterol/sangue , Estudos Transversais , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Estudos Prospectivos , Dengue Grave/diagnóstico , Triglicerídeos/sangue , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Organização Mundial da Saúde
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