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Roy J.,GVKBIO science Private Ltd | Kumar U.C.,GVKBIO science Private Ltd | Machiraju P.K.,GVKBIO science Private Ltd | Muttineni R.K.,GVKBIO science Private Ltd | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling | Year: 2010

Bacillus anthracis is a causative organism of anthrax. The main reason to use anthrax as a bioweapon is the combination of the spore's durability and the lethal toxaemia of the vegetative stage. In anthrax infection, lethal factor (LF) is playing crucial role in causing cell death, by inhibiting pathways that rely on this kinase family. The combination of vaccine and antibiotics is preferred as an effective treatment for this target. Till date, no small molecule inhibitor is identified as a drug on the target. In this study, we have performed pharmacophore modeling and docking studies to identify a novel small molecule inhibitor to target the Anthrax LF. The best pharmacophore model is used to screen ∼2. M drug-like small molecule database and yielded 2543 hits. Docking studies of the pharmacophore hits on to the active site of Anthrax LF resulted 120 structurally diverse hits. Out of 120 hits, based on synthetic feasibility, 17 hits are selected for further synthesis and pharmacological screening. In due course, we will publish the updated results. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

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