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Structure-based virtual screening in the search of parasitic cysteine-proteases inhibitors

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Author(s):
Drielli Gomes Vital Fujii
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Conjunto das Químicas (IQ e FCF) (CQ/DBDCQ)
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Examining board members:
Gustavo Henrique Goulart Trossini; Carolina Horta Andrade; Káthia Maria Honorio; Maria Cristina Nonato
Advisor: Gustavo Henrique Goulart Trossini
Abstract

Neglected diseases are caused by parasites and infectious agents and affect mainly people in poor areas being prevalent in 149 countries and causing 534,000 deaths per year. Among neglected diseases we can highlight Chagas Disease and Leishmaniasis, both have a high rate of morbidity and mortality and both are addressed in this project in the search of new drugs against a NTD. Nowadays, the search for new drugs involves the selection of biological pathways essential for parasite survival, in this class of parasites we can suggest the cysteine proteases, a proteases family present in Trypanosoma cruzi and and Leishmania ssp. In order to obtain a new agent against Neglected Disease in this work was obtained the model of the enzyme CPB2.8 of L. mexicana using the comparative modeling technique, due to the unavailability of the crystallographic structure in the Protein Data Bank (PDB). In order to refine the constructed model was performed the molecular dynamics simulation of 100ns, stabilization was achieved from 80ns. Molecular dynamics simulation was validated using the Ramachandran graph, radius of rotation graph, RMSD, hydrophobic surface area graph. The molecular interaction fields were calculated in the GRID program to cruzain, CPB2.8, cathepsin B and cathepsin L. Based on molecular interaction fields generated pharmacophoric models were constructed using information about the active site of the enzymes cruzain and CPB2.8. The pharmacophoric model of cruzain was validated by ROC curve presenting AUC value of 61%. Virtual screening was performed for both proteins and 369 compounds were obtained for cuzain and 225 compounds for CPB2.8. Docking studies of these compounds was performed in order to decrease the amount of compounds to be evaluated experimentally. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/15650-0 - Application of Structure-Based Drug Design in parasite cysteine protease inhibitor search (cruzain (T. cruzi and CPB (Leishmanioses))
Grantee:Drielli Gomes Vital Fujii
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate