In-silico Study of the Developed Hydroxychloroquine-based ACE2 Inhibitor Molecules Against COVID-19: Molecular Modeling and Docking
Received: 21 May 2021 | Revised: 3 June 2021 | Accepted: 8 June 2021 | Online: 11 August 2021
In the present study, we will verify the action of hydroxychloroquine-based derivatives on ACE2 which is considered to be the main portal of entry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and constitutes an exciting target given its relative genetic stability compared to viral proteins. Thus, 81 molecules derived from hydroxychloroquine by substitutions at 4 different positions were generated in-silico and then studied for their affinity for ACE2 by molecular docking. Only 4 molecules were retained because of their affinity and bioavailability demonstrated by molecular dynamics and molecular docking calculations using COSMOtherm and Materials Studio software.
Keywords:Hydroxychloroquine, molecular modeling, Covid-19, ACE2, affinity
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