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J Biomol Struct Dyn ; : 1-21, 2021 Nov 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2242381


A nickel(II) Schiff base complex, [Ni(L)(DMF)](1), was synthesized by treating NiCl2.6H2O with an ONS-donor Schiff base ligand(H2L) derived from the condensation 3,5-Dichlorosalicylaldehyde and 4,4-Dimethyl-3-thiosemicarbazide in DMF. The geometry around the center metal ion in [Ni(L)(DMF)](1) was square planar as revealed by the data collection from diffraction studies. DFT calculations were performed on the complex to get a structure-property relationship. Hirshfeld surface analysis was also carried out in the crystal structure of nickel (II) Schiff base complex. Additionally, inspiring from recent developments to find a potential inhibitor for SARS-CoV-2 virus, we have also performed molecular docking study of [Ni(L)(DMF)](1) to see if our novel complex show affinity for main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro (PDB ID: 6LZE). Interestingly, the results are found quite encouraging where the binding affinity and inhibition constant was found to be -6.6 kcal/mol and 2.358 µM, respectively, for the best docked confirmation of complex [Ni(L)(DMF)](1) with Mpro protein. This binding affinity is reasonably well as compared to recently known antiviral drugs. For instance, the binding affinity of complex [Ni(L)(DMF)](1) is found to be better than that of recently docking results of anti-SARS-CoV-2 drugs like chloroquine (-6.293 kcal/mol), hydroxychloroquine (-5.573 kcal/mol) and remdesivir (-6.352 kcal/mol) when targeted to the active-site of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro. Besides this, molecular docking against G25K GTP-nucleotide binding protein (PDB ID: 1A4R) was also studied. We believe that current results can intrigue not only for the biomedical community but also for the materials chemists who are engaged to explore the application coordination complexes.Communicated by Ramaswamy H. Sarma.

J Mol Struct ; 1264: 133190, 2022 Sep 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1814975


This work explores the study of a synthesized nickel complex as a possible inhibitor against the main protease (Mpro) of the recent emerging coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Overall, the template reaction of 3-acetyl-2-hydroxy-6-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one with nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) medium leads to the formation of neutral nickel complex. This resulting complex is formulated as [Ni(DHA)2(DMF)2] on the basis of FT-IR, UV-Vis., single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, magnetic susceptibility and CV measurements as well as DFT quantum chemical calculations. Its single crystal suggests was found to be surrounded by the both pairs of molecules of DHA and DMF through six oxygen atoms with octahedral coordination sphere. The obtained magnetic susceptibilities are positive and agree with its paramagnetic state. In addition to the experimental investigations, optimized geometry, spectroscopic and electronic properties were also performed using DFT calculation with B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of this complex are again examined. Some suitable quantum descriptors (EHOMO, ELUMO, Energy gap, Global hardness), Milliken atomic charge, Electrophilic potion and Molecular Electrostatic Potential) have been elegantly described. Molecular docking results demonstrated that the docked nickel complex displayed remarkable binding energy with Mpro. Besides, important molecular properties and ADME pharmacokinetic profiles of possible Mpro inhibitors were assessed by in silico prediction.