Title

Seeking antiviral drugs to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 RNA dependent RNA polymerase: A molecular docking analysis

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2022

Journal

PloS one

Volume

17

Issue

5

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0268909

Abstract

COVID-19 outbreak associated with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) raised health concerns across the globe and has been considered highly transmissible between people. In attempts for finding therapeutic treatment for the new disease, this work has focused on examining the polymerase inhibitors against the SARS-CoV-2 nsp12 and co-factors nsp8 and nsp7. Several polymerase inhibitors were examined against PDB ID: 6M71 using computational analysis evaluating the ligand's binding affinity to replicating groove to the active site. The findings of this analysis showed Cytarabine of -5.65 Kcal/mol with the highest binding probability (70%) to replicating groove of 6M71. The complex stability was then examined over 19 ns molecular dynamics simulation suggesting that Cytarabine might be possible potent inhibitor for the SARS-CoV-2 RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase.

Department

Clinical Research and Leadership

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