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Jablonsky M.,Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava | Nosalova J.,Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava | Sladkova A.,Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava | Haz A.,Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava | And 9 more authors.
Biotechnology Advances | Year: 2017

Softwood bark is an important source for producing chemicals and materials as well as bioenergy. Extraction is regarded as a key technology for obtaining chemicals in general, and valorizing bark as a source of such chemicals in particular. In this paper, properties of 237 compounds identified in various studies dealing with extraction of softwood bark were described. Finally, some challenges and perspectives on the production of chemicals from bark are discussed. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.

Megnassan E.,HIGH-TECH | Keita M.,HIGH-TECH | Bieri C.,University of Abobo Adjame | Esmel A.,University of Abobo Adjame | And 6 more authors.
Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2012

We have studied inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase (pfLDH) by dihydroxynaphthoic acid (DHNA) analogues derivatives of hemigossypol-sesquiterpene found in cottonseed known to exhibit antimalarial activity. Molecular models of pfLDH-DHNA complexes were prepared from high-resolution crystal structures containing DHNA and azole inhibitors and binding affinities of the inhibitors were computed by molecular mechanics - polarizable continuum model of solvation (MM-PCM) approach. The 3D structures of the pfLDH-DHNA complexes were validated by a QSAR model, which confirmed consistency between the computed binding affinities and experimental inhibition constants for a training set and validation set of twelve DHNA inhibitors obtained from literature. Novel more potent DHNA analogs were identified by structure-based molecular design and predicted to inhibit pfLDH in the low nanomolar concentration range. In addition, the designed DHNA analogs displayed favorable predicted ADME-related profiles and an elevated selectivity for the pfLDH over the human isoform. © 2012 Bentham Science Publishers.

Owono Owono L.C.,University of Yaounde I | Owono Owono L.C.,University of Douala | Owono Owono L.C.,HIGH-TECH | Ntie-Kang F.,University of Douala | And 12 more authors.
Molecular Informatics | Year: 2015

We report here new chemical structures of predicted nanomolar triclosan-based inhibitors (TCLs) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase (InhA) virtually proposed by computer-assisted molecular design. 3D models of InhA-TCL complexes were prepared by in situ modifications of the reference crystal structure (PDB entry 1P45) for a training set of 15 TCLs with known InhA inhibitory activities. A QSAR model was built leading to linear correlation between the calculated free energies of complexation (ΔΔGcom) and experimental values IC50exp: pIC50=-0.0657×ΔΔGcom+3.0502, R2=0.96. In addition, ligand-based quantitative pharmacophore model (PH4) was built from bound conformations of the training set compounds and confirmed the correlation between molecular models and observed activities: pIC50exp=0.8929×pIC50pre-0.441, R2=0.95. Structural information from both models helped us to propose new TCL analogues. A virtual library of TCLs with known predicted activities against enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase of Plasmodium falciparum (PfENR) was evaluated, revealing dual target TCLs. Moreover, analysis of binding site interactions suggested enriching substitutions, which led to more potent TCLs with predicted pIC50pre as low as 7 nM. The computational approach, which used both free energy estimated from molecular modeling and 3D-QSAR pharmacophore model, was helpful in virtually proposing the dual-targeted drugs and provided valuable information for the design of novel potential antituberculotic agents. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Seneci P.,University of Milan | Fassina G.,Xeptagen S.p.A | Frecer V.,Comenius University | Frecer V.,International Center for Applied Research and Sustainable Technology | And 2 more authors.
Nova Biotechnologica et Chimica | Year: 2014

The review will focus on the aspects of combinatorial chemistry and technologies that are more relevant in the modern pharmaceutical process. An historical, critical introduction is followed by three chapters, dealing with the use of combinatorial chemistry/high throughput synthesis in medicinal chemistry; the rational design of combinatorial libraries using computer-assisted combinatorial drug design; and the use of combinatorial technologies in biotechnology. The impact of "combinatorial thinking" in drug discovery in general, and in the examples reported in details, is critically discussed. Finally, an expert opinion on current and future trends in combinatorial chemistry and combinatorial technologies is provided. © University of SS. Cyril and Methodius.

Berti F.,University of Trieste | Frecer V.,Comenius University | Frecer V.,International Center for Applied Research and Sustainable Technology | Miertus S.,International Center for Applied Research and Sustainable Technology | Miertus S.,University of Trnava
Current Pharmaceutical Design | Year: 2014

Despite the fact that HIV-Protease is an over 20 years old target, computational approaches to rational design of its inhibitors still have a great potential to stimulate the synthesis of new compounds and the discovery of new, potent derivatives, ever capable to overcome the problem of drug resistance. This review deals with successful examples of inhibitors identified by computational approaches, rather than by knowledge-based design. Such methodologies include the development of energy and scoring functions, docking protocols, statistical models, virtual combinatorial chemistry. Computations addressing drug resistance, and the development of related models as the substrate envelope hypothesis are also reviewed. In some cases, the identified structures required the development of synthetic approaches in order to obtain the desired target molecules; several examples are reported. © 2014 Bentham Science Publishers.

Bonini C.,University of Basilicata | Chiummiento L.,University of Basilicata | Di Blasio N.,University of Basilicata | Funicello M.,University of Basilicata | And 10 more authors.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2014

New structurally simple indolic non peptidic HIV Protease inhibitors were synthesized from (S)-glycidol by regioselective methods. Following the concept of targeting the protein backbone, different substitution patterns were introduced onto the common stereodefined isopropanolamine core modifying the type of functional group on the indole, the position of the functional group on the indole and the type of the nitrogen containing group (sulfonamides or perhydroisoquinoline), alternatively. The systematic study on in vitro inhibition activity of such compounds confirmed the general beneficial effect of the 5-indolyl substituents in presence of arylsulfonamide moieties, which furnished activities in the micromolar range. Preliminary docking analysis allowed to identify several key features of the binding mode of such compounds to the protease. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Thanyarat U.,Chulalongkorn University | Thanyada R.,Chulalongkorn University | Vladimir F.,Comenius University | Vladimir F.,International Center for Applied Research and Sustainable Technology | And 6 more authors.
Current Pharmaceutical Design | Year: 2014

The outbreak of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus has raised a global concern for both the animal as well as human health. Besides vaccination, that may not achieve full protection in certain groups of patients, inhibiting neuraminidase or the transmembrane protein M2 represents the main measure of controlling the disease. Due to alarming emergence of influenza virus strains resistant to the currently available drugs, development of new neuraminidase N1 inhibitors is of utmost importance. The present paper provides an overview of the recent advances in the design of new antiviral drugs against avian influenza. It also reports findings in binding free energy calculations for nine neuraminidase N1 inhibitors (oseltamivir, zanamivir, and peramivir -carboxylate, -phosphonate, and -sulfonate) using the Linear Interaction Energy method. Molecular dynamics simulations of these inhibitors were performed in a free and two bound states - the so called open and closed conformations of neuraminidase N1. Obtained results successfully reproduce the experimental binding affinities of the already known neuraminidase N1 inhibitors, i.e. peramivir being a stronger binder than zanamivir that is in turn stronger binder than oseltamivir, or phosphonate inhibitors being stronger binders than their carboxylate analogues. In addition, the newly proposed sulfonate inhibitors are predicted to be the strongest binders - a fact to be confirmed by their chemical synthesis and a subsequent test of their biological activity. Finally, contributions of individual inhibitor moieties to the overall binding affinity are explicitly evaluated to assist further drug development towards inhibition of the H5N1 avian influenza A virus. © 2014 Bentham Science Publishers.

Kouassi A.F.,University of Abobo AdjameNangui Abrogoua | Kone M.,HIGH-TECH | Keita M.,HIGH-TECH | Esmel A.,University of Abobo AdjameNangui Abrogoua | And 8 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences | Year: 2015

We have carried out a computational structure-based design of new potent pyrrolidine carboxamide (PCAMs) inhibitors of enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase (InhA) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb). Three-dimensional (3D) models of InhA-PCAMx complexes were prepared by in situ modification of the crystal structure of InhA-PCAM1 (Protein Data Bank (PDB) entry code: 4U0J), the reference compound of a training set of 20 PCAMs with known experimental inhibitory potencies (IC50 exp). First, we built a gas phase quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) model, linearly correlating the computed enthalpy of the InhA-PCAM complex formation and the IC50 exp. Further, taking into account the solvent effect and loss of inhibitor entropy upon enzyme binding led to a QSAR model with a superior linear correlation between computed Gibbs free energies (Γ ΓGcom) of InhA-PCAM complex formation and IC50 exp (pIC50 exp = -0.1552.Γ ΓDDGcom+ 5.0448, R2 = 0.94), which was further validated with a 3D-QSAR pharmacophore model generation (PH4). Structural information from the models guided us in designing of a virtual combinatorial library (VL) of more than 17 million PCAMs. The VL was adsorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) focused and reduced down to 1.6 million drug like orally bioavailable analogues and PH4 in silico screened to identify new potent PCAMs with predicted IC50 pre reaching up to 5 nM. Combining molecular modeling and PH4 in silico screening of the VL resulted in the proposed novel potent antituberculotic agent candidates with favorable pharmacokinetic profiles. © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keita M.,ICS UNIDO | Keita M.,University of Abobo Adjame | Kumar A.,ICS UNIDO | Kumar A.,CSIR - Central Electrochemical Research Institute | And 13 more authors.
RSC Advances | Year: 2014

We have designed new potent inhibitors of thymidine monophosphate kinase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TMPKmt) using structure-based molecular design. Three-dimensional (3D) models of TMPKmt-inhibitor complexes were prepared by in situ modification of the crystal structure of TMPKmt co-crystallized with the natural substrate deoxythymidine monophosphate (dTMP) (PDB entry code: 1G3U) and a training set of 20 thymine derivatives bearing an aliphatic or aromatic group attached through a spacer (THMDs) with known inhibitory potencies. A QSAR model was elaborated for the training set THMDs and a linear correlation was established between the computed free energies of THMD binding and observed enzyme inhibition constants (Ki exp). Validation of this QSAR model was performed with 3D-QSAR pharmacophore generation (PH4). Structural information derived from the 3D model and breakdown of computed TMPKmt-THMDs interaction energies up to individual active site residue contributions helped us to design new more potent TMPKmt inhibitors. We obtained a reasonable agreement between the free energies of TMPKmt-THMDs complexation (ΔΔGcom) and Ki exp values, which explained approximately 93% of the TMPKmt inhibition data (pKi = -0.1422 ΔΔGcom + 4.9199, R2 = 0.93). Similar agreement was established for the PH4 pharmacophore model (pKi exp = 1.0016 × pKi pre + 0.0077, R2 = 0.95). Comparative analysis of the active site residue contributions directed substitutions to various positions of the naphtholactam or naphthosultam moeties and suggested their replacement with phthalimido or isoindolinone or indanone rings, which led to a predicted increase of the inhibitory potency. The predicted Ki pre for the best inhibitor candidate reached the picomolar range for aliphatic acyclic nucleoside analogs and for benzyl pyrimidine-like analogs. This computational approach, which combines molecular modelling, pharmacophore generation and analysis of TMPKmt-THMDs interaction energies resulted in a set of proposed TMPKmt inhibitors. It can thus direct medicinal chemists in their search for new antituberculotic agents. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2014.

Dali B.,University of Cocody | Dali B.,HIGH-TECH | Keita M.,HIGH-TECH | Keita M.,University of Abobo Adjame | And 9 more authors.
Chemical Biology and Drug Design | Year: 2012

Plasmepsin II (PlmII), an aspartic protease expressed in the food vacuole of Plasmodium falciparum (pf), cleaves the hemoglobin of the host during the erythrocytic stage of the parasite life cycle. Various peptidomimetic inhibitors of PlmII reported so far discriminate poorly between the drug target and aspartic proteases of the host organism, e.g., human cathepsinD (hCatD). hCatD is a protein digestion enzyme and signaling molecule involved in a variety of physiological processes; therefore, inhibition of hCatD by PlmII inhibitors may lead to pathophysiological conditions. In this study, binding of PlmII inhibitors has been modeled using the crystal structures of pfPlmII and hCatD complexes to gain insight into structural requirements underlying the target selectivity. A series of 26 inhibitors were modeled in the binding clefts of the pfPlmII and hCatD to establish QSAR models of the protease inhibition. In addition, 3D-QSAR pharmacophore models were generated for each enzyme. It was concluded that the contributions of the P2 and P3′ residues to the inhibitor's binding affinity are responsible for the target selectivity. Based on these findings, new inhibitor candidates were designed with predicted inhibition constants reaching 0.2nm and selectivity index (S.I.)=>1200. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

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