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Commun Biol ; 5(1): 154, 2022 02 22.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1699831

ABSTRACT

SARS-CoV-2 has an exonuclease-based proofreader, which removes nucleotide inhibitors such as Remdesivir that are incorporated into the viral RNA during replication, reducing the efficacy of these drugs for treating COVID-19. Combinations of inhibitors of both the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase and the exonuclease could overcome this deficiency. Here we report the identification of hepatitis C virus NS5A inhibitors Pibrentasvir and Ombitasvir as SARS-CoV-2 exonuclease inhibitors. In the presence of Pibrentasvir, RNAs terminated with the active forms of the prodrugs Sofosbuvir, Remdesivir, Favipiravir, Molnupiravir and AT-527 were largely protected from excision by the exonuclease, while in the absence of Pibrentasvir, there was rapid excision. Due to its unique structure, Tenofovir-terminated RNA was highly resistant to exonuclease excision even in the absence of Pibrentasvir. Viral cell culture studies also demonstrate significant synergy using this combination strategy. This study supports the use of combination drugs that inhibit both the SARS-CoV-2 polymerase and exonuclease for effective COVID-19 treatment.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Exonucleases/antagonists & inhibitors , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/antagonists & inhibitors , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , Amino Acid Sequence , Anilides/pharmacology , Animals , Base Sequence , Benzimidazoles/pharmacology , COVID-19/virology , Cell Line, Tumor , Chlorocebus aethiops , Drug Synergism , Exonucleases/genetics , Exonucleases/metabolism , Humans , Proline/pharmacology , Pyrrolidines/pharmacology , RNA, Viral/genetics , RNA, Viral/metabolism , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/genetics , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Valine/pharmacology , Vero Cells , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/genetics , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism , Virus Replication/drug effects , Virus Replication/genetics
2.
Science ; 374(6575): 1586-1593, 2021 Dec 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1666355

ABSTRACT

The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has become a global pandemic. Alongside vaccines, antiviral therapeutics are an important part of the healthcare response to countering the ongoing threat presented by COVID-19. Here, we report the discovery and characterization of PF-07321332, an orally bioavailable SARS-CoV-2 main protease inhibitor with in vitro pan-human coronavirus antiviral activity and excellent off-target selectivity and in vivo safety profiles. PF-07321332 has demonstrated oral activity in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV-2 model and has achieved oral plasma concentrations exceeding the in vitro antiviral cell potency in a phase 1 clinical trial in healthy human participants.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/drug therapy , Lactams/pharmacology , Lactams/therapeutic use , Leucine/pharmacology , Leucine/therapeutic use , Nitriles/pharmacology , Nitriles/therapeutic use , Proline/pharmacology , Proline/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Viral Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology , Viral Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Administration, Oral , Animals , COVID-19/virology , Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic , Coronavirus/drug effects , Disease Models, Animal , Drug Therapy, Combination , Humans , Lactams/administration & dosage , Lactams/pharmacokinetics , Leucine/administration & dosage , Leucine/pharmacokinetics , Mice , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Nitriles/administration & dosage , Nitriles/pharmacokinetics , Proline/administration & dosage , Proline/pharmacokinetics , Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic , Ritonavir/administration & dosage , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Viral Protease Inhibitors/administration & dosage , Viral Protease Inhibitors/pharmacokinetics , Virus Replication/drug effects
3.
Nature ; 601(7894): 496, 2022 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1641925

Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/virology , Drug Development/trends , Drug Resistance, Viral , Research Personnel , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Adenosine Monophosphate/administration & dosage , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacology , Adenosine Monophosphate/therapeutic use , Administration, Oral , Alanine/administration & dosage , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/pharmacology , Alanine/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/supply & distribution , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Vaccines/supply & distribution , Cytidine/administration & dosage , Cytidine/analogs & derivatives , Cytidine/pharmacology , Cytidine/therapeutic use , Drug Approval , Drug Combinations , Drug Resistance, Viral/drug effects , Drug Resistance, Viral/genetics , Drug Therapy, Combination , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Hydroxylamines/administration & dosage , Hydroxylamines/pharmacology , Hydroxylamines/therapeutic use , Lactams/administration & dosage , Lactams/pharmacology , Lactams/therapeutic use , Leucine/administration & dosage , Leucine/pharmacology , Leucine/therapeutic use , Medication Adherence , Molecular Targeted Therapy , Mutagenesis , Nitriles/administration & dosage , Nitriles/pharmacology , Nitriles/therapeutic use , Proline/administration & dosage , Proline/pharmacology , Proline/therapeutic use , Public-Private Sector Partnerships/economics , Ritonavir/administration & dosage , Ritonavir/pharmacology , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , SARS-CoV-2/genetics
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Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 24(3): 1743-1759, 2022 Jan 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1606147

ABSTRACT

The outbreak caused by SARS-CoV-2 has received extensive worldwide attention. As the main protease (Mpro) in SARS-CoV-2 has no human homologues, it is feasible to reduce the possibility of targeting the host protein by accidental drugs. Thus, Mpro has been an attractive target of efficient drug design for anti-SARS-CoV-2 treatment. In this work, multiple replica molecular dynamics (MRMD) simulations, principal component analysis (PCA), free energy landscapes (FELs), and the molecular mechanics-generalized Born surface area (MM-GBSA) method were integrated together to decipher the binding mechanism of four inhibitors masitinib, O6K, FJC and GQU to Mpro. The results indicate that the binding of four inhibitors clearly affects the structural flexibility and internal dynamics of Mpro along with dihedral angle changes of key residues. The analysis of FELs unveils that the stability in the relative orientation and geometric position of inhibitors to Mpro is favorable for inhibitor binding. Residue-based free energy decomposition reveals that the inhibitor-Mpro interaction networks involving hydrogen bonding interactions and hydrophobic interactions provide significant information for the design of potent inhibitors against Mpro. The hot spot residues including H41, M49, F140, N142, G143, C145, H163, H164, M165, E166 and Q189 identified by computational alanine scanning are considered as reliable targets of clinically available inhibitors inhibiting the activities of Mpro.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19/drug therapy , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Proline/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Viral Protease Inhibitors/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Drug Design , Humans , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Principal Component Analysis , Proline/pharmacology , Protein Binding , Protein Conformation , Structure-Activity Relationship , Thermodynamics , Viral Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology
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JCI Insight ; 6(7)2021 04 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1383578

ABSTRACT

Proline-glycine-proline (PGP) and its acetylated form (Ac-PGP) are neutrophil chemoattractants generated by collagen degradation, and they have been shown to play a role in chronic inflammatory disease. However, the mechanism for matrikine regulation in acute inflammation has not been well established. Here, we show that these peptides are actively transported from the lung by the oligopeptide transporter, PEPT2. Following intratracheal instillation of Ac-PGP in a mouse model, there was a rapid decline in concentration of the labeled peptide in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) over time and redistribution to extrapulmonary sites. In vitro knockdown of the PEPT2 transporter in airway epithelia or use of a competitive inhibitor of PEPT2, cefadroxil, significantly reduced uptake of Ac-PGP. Animals that received intratracheal Ac-PGP plus cefadroxil had higher levels of Ac-PGP in BAL and lung tissue. Utilizing an acute LPS-induced lung injury model, we demonstrate that PEPT2 blockade enhanced pulmonary Ac-PGP levels and lung inflammation. We further validated this effect using clinical samples from patients with acute lung injury in coculture with airway epithelia. This is the first study to our knowledge to determine the in vitro and in vivo significance of active matrikine transport as a mechanism of modulating acute inflammation and to demonstrate that it may serve as a potential therapeutic target.


Subject(s)
Acute Lung Injury/immunology , COVID-19 , Cefadroxil/pharmacology , Inflammation/metabolism , Oligopeptides , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Symporters , Animals , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Biological Transport, Active/immunology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/metabolism , Cells, Cultured , Chemotactic Factors/immunology , Chemotactic Factors/pharmacology , Chemotaxis, Leukocyte/immunology , Disease Models, Animal , Extracellular Matrix , Extracellular Matrix Proteins/metabolism , Humans , Mice , Oligopeptides/immunology , Oligopeptides/pharmacology , Proline/immunology , Proline/pharmacology , Symporters/antagonists & inhibitors , Symporters/metabolism
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(17)2021 Aug 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1374423

ABSTRACT

The novel coronavirus disease, caused by severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), rapidly spreading around the world, poses a major threat to the global public health. Herein, we demonstrated the binding mechanism of PF-07321332, α-ketoamide, lopinavir, and ritonavir to the coronavirus 3-chymotrypsin-like-protease (3CLpro) by means of docking and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. The analysis of MD trajectories of 3CLpro with PF-07321332, α-ketoamide, lopinavir, and ritonavir revealed that 3CLpro-PF-07321332 and 3CLpro-α-ketoamide complexes remained stable compared with 3CLpro-ritonavir and 3CLpro-lopinavir. Investigating the dynamic behavior of ligand-protein interaction, ligands PF-07321332 and α-ketoamide showed stronger bonding via making interactions with catalytic dyad residues His41-Cys145 of 3CLpro. Lopinavir and ritonavir were unable to disrupt the catalytic dyad, as illustrated by increased bond length during the MD simulation. To decipher the ligand binding mode and affinity, ligand interactions with SARS-CoV-2 proteases and binding energy were calculated. The binding energy of the bespoke antiviral PF-07321332 clinical candidate was two times higher than that of α-ketoamide and three times than that of lopinavir and ritonavir. Our study elucidated in detail the binding mechanism of the potent PF-07321332 to 3CLpro along with the low potency of lopinavir and ritonavir due to weak binding affinity demonstrated by the binding energy data. This study will be helpful for the development and optimization of more specific compounds to combat coronavirus disease.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Coronavirus Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology , Lactams/pharmacology , Leucine/pharmacology , Nitriles/pharmacology , Proline/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Catalytic Domain/drug effects , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/metabolism , Coronavirus Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Humans , Lactams/therapeutic use , Leucine/therapeutic use , Lopinavir/pharmacology , Molecular Docking Simulation , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Nitriles/therapeutic use , Proline/therapeutic use , Ritonavir/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology
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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem ; 36(1): 1646-1650, 2021 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1320278

ABSTRACT

The chemical structure of PF-07321332, the first orally available Covid-19 clinical candidate, has recently been revealed by Pfizer. No information has been provided about the interaction pattern between PF-07321332 and its biomolecular counterpart, the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro). In the present work, we exploited Supervised Molecular Dynamics (SuMD) simulations to elucidate the key features that characterise the interaction between this drug candidate and the protease, emphasising similarities and differences with other structurally related inhibitors such as Boceprevir and PF-07304814. The structural insights provided by SuMD will hopefully be able to inspire the rational discovery of other potent and selective protease inhibitors.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Lactams/chemistry , Leucine/chemistry , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Nitriles/chemistry , Proline/chemistry , Protease Inhibitors/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Humans , Lactams/pharmacology , Leucine/pharmacology , Ligands , Nitriles/pharmacology , Peptide Hydrolases/metabolism , Proline/pharmacology , Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , Software
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Biochem Biophys Res Commun ; 571: 26-31, 2021 09 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1312941

ABSTRACT

The pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 has necessitated expedited research efforts towards finding potential antiviral targets and drug development measures. While new drug discovery is time consuming, drug repurposing has been a promising area for elaborate virtual screening and identification of existing FDA approved drugs that could possibly be used for targeting against functions of various proteins of SARS-CoV-2 virus. RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) is an important enzyme for the virus that mediates replication of the viral RNA. Inhibition of RdRp could inhibit viral RNA replication and thus new virus particle production. Here, we screened non-nucleoside antivirals and found three out of them to be strongest in binding to RdRp out of which two retained binding even using molecular dynamic simulations. We propose these two drugs as potential RdRp inhibitors which need further in-depth testing.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Coronavirus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/antagonists & inhibitors , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , Amides/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Benzimidazoles/pharmacology , COVID-19/virology , Carbamates/pharmacology , Catalytic Domain , Computer Simulation , Coronavirus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/chemistry , Cyclopropanes/pharmacology , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , Drug Repositioning , Fluorenes/pharmacology , Humans , Lactams, Macrocyclic/pharmacology , Molecular Docking Simulation , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Pandemics , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/pharmacology , Protein Conformation , Quinoxalines/pharmacology , Sulfonamides/pharmacology
11.
J Med Chem ; 65(4): 2848-2865, 2022 02 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1199254

ABSTRACT

The main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2 is a validated antiviral drug target. Several Mpro inhibitors have been reported with potent enzymatic inhibition and cellular antiviral activity, including GC376, boceprevir, calpain inhibitors II, and XII, with each containing a reactive warhead that covalently modifies the catalytic Cys145. Coupling structure-based drug design with the one-pot Ugi four-component reaction, we discovered one of the most potent noncovalent inhibitors, 23R (Jun8-76-3A) that is structurally distinct from the canonical Mpro inhibitor GC376. Significantly, 23R is highly selective compared with covalent inhibitors such as GC376, especially toward host proteases. The cocrystal structure of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro with 23R revealed a previously unexplored binding site located in between the S2 and S4 pockets. Overall, this study discovered 23R, one of the most potent and selective noncovalent SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors reported to date, and a novel binding pocket in Mpro that can be explored for inhibitor design.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors/pharmacology , Drug Design , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Animals , Antiviral Agents/chemical synthesis , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/metabolism , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/isolation & purification , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/metabolism , Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors/chemical synthesis , Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors/chemistry , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Humans , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Models, Molecular , Molecular Structure , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/chemical synthesis , Proline/chemistry , Proline/pharmacology , Pyrrolidines/chemical synthesis , Pyrrolidines/chemistry , Pyrrolidines/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , Sulfonic Acids/chemical synthesis , Sulfonic Acids/chemistry , Sulfonic Acids/pharmacology , Vero Cells
12.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun ; 555: 147-153, 2021 05 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1157143

ABSTRACT

Several existing drugs are currently being tested worldwide to treat COVID-19 patients. Recent data indicate that SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly evolving into more transmissible variants. It is therefore highly possible that SARS-CoV-2 can accumulate adaptive mutations modulating drug susceptibility and hampering viral antigenicity. Thus, it is vital to predict potential non-synonymous mutation sites and predict the evolution of protein structural modifications leading to drug tolerance. As two FDA-approved anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs, boceprevir, and telaprevir, have been shown to effectively inhibit SARS-CoV-2 by targeting the main protease (Mpro), here we used a high-throughput interface-based protein design strategy to identify mutational hotspots and potential signatures of adaptation in these drug binding sites of Mpro. Several mutants exhibited reduced binding affinity to these drugs, out of which hotspot residues having a strong tendency to undergo positive selection were identified. The data further indicated that these anti-HCV drugs have larger footprints in the mutational landscape of Mpro and hence encompass the highest potential for positive selection and adaptation. These findings are crucial in understanding the potential structural modifications in the drug binding sites of Mpro and thus its signatures of adaptation. Furthermore, the data could provide systemic strategies for robust antiviral design and discovery against COVID-19 in the future.


Subject(s)
Adaptation, Physiological/genetics , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/chemistry , Drug Design , Drug Resistance, Viral/genetics , Mutation , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Amino Acid Sequence , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Binding Sites/drug effects , Binding Sites/genetics , COVID-19/drug therapy , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/genetics , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/metabolism , Genetic Fitness/genetics , Hepacivirus/drug effects , Hepacivirus/enzymology , Ligands , Models, Molecular , Oligopeptides/chemistry , Oligopeptides/pharmacology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/chemistry , Proline/pharmacology , Reproducibility of Results , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Selection, Genetic/genetics , Structure-Activity Relationship
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Molecules ; 26(6)2021 Mar 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1138745

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread worldwide at a rapid rate. Currently, the absence of any effective antiviral treatment is the major concern for the global population. The reports of the occurrence of various point mutations within the important therapeutic target protein of SARS-CoV-2 has elevated the problem. The SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) is a major therapeutic target for new antiviral designs. In this study, the efficacy of PF-00835231 was investigated (a Mpro inhibitor under clinical trials) against the Mpro and their reported mutants. Various in silico approaches were used to investigate and compare the efficacy of PF-00835231 and five drugs previously documented to inhibit the Mpro. Our study shows that PF-00835231 is not only effective against the wild type but demonstrates a high affinity against the studied mutants as well.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Indoles/chemistry , Indoles/pharmacology , Leucine/chemistry , Leucine/pharmacology , Protease Inhibitors/chemistry , Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology , Pyrrolidinones/chemistry , Pyrrolidinones/pharmacology , Binding Sites , COVID-19/drug therapy , Computer Simulation , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/chemistry , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/genetics , Databases, Protein , Diarylquinolines/chemistry , Diarylquinolines/pharmacology , Dihydropyridines/chemistry , Dihydropyridines/pharmacology , Humans , Ligands , Molecular Docking Simulation , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Nitrobenzenes/chemistry , Nitrobenzenes/pharmacology , Nitrophenols/chemistry , Nitrophenols/pharmacology , Organophosphorus Compounds/chemistry , Organophosphorus Compounds/pharmacology , Piperazines/chemistry , Piperazines/pharmacology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/chemistry , Proline/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/genetics
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J Comput Chem ; 42(13): 897-907, 2021 05 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1130516

ABSTRACT

SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 belong to the subfamily Coronaviridae and infect humans, they are constituted by four structural proteins: Spike glycoprotein (S), membrane (M), envelope (E) and nucleocapsid (N), and nonstructural proteins, such as Nsp15 protein which is exclusively present on nidoviruses and is absent in other RNA viruses, making it an ideal target in the field of drug design. A virtual screening strategy to search for potential drugs was proposed, using molecular docking to explore a library of approved drugs available in the DrugBank database in order to identify possible NSP15 inhibitors to treat Covid19 disease. We found from the docking analysis that the antiviral drugs: Paritaprevir and Elbasvir, currently both approved for hepatitis C treatment which showed some of the lowest free binding energy values were considered as repositioning drugs to combat SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, molecular dynamics simulations of the Apo and Holo-Nsp15 systems were performed in order to get insights about the stability of these protein-ligand complexes.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Benzofurans/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cyclopropanes/pharmacology , Endoribonucleases/antagonists & inhibitors , Imidazoles/pharmacology , Lactams, Macrocyclic/pharmacology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Sulfonamides/pharmacology , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , COVID-19/virology , Drug Repositioning , Endoribonucleases/metabolism , Humans , Molecular Docking Simulation , Molecular Targeted Therapy , Proline/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism
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ACS Infect Dis ; 7(3): 586-597, 2021 03 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1108883

ABSTRACT

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the morbidity and mortality are increasing daily. Effective treatment for SARS-CoV-2 is urgently needed. We recently discovered four SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) inhibitors including boceprevir, calpain inhibitors II and XII, and GC-376 with potent antiviral activity against infectious SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture. In this study, we further characterized the mechanism of action of these four compounds using the SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus neutralization assay. It was found that GC-376 and calpain inhibitors II and XII have a dual mechanism of action by inhibiting both viral Mpro and host cathepsin L in Vero cells. To rule out the cell-type dependent effect, the antiviral activity of these four compounds against SARS-CoV-2 was also confirmed in type 2 transmembrane serine protease-expressing Caco-2 cells using the viral yield reduction assay. In addition, we found that these four compounds have broad-spectrum antiviral activity in inhibiting not only SARS-CoV-2 but also SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV, as well as human coronaviruses (CoVs) 229E, OC43, and NL63. The mechanism of action is through targeting the viral Mpro, which was supported by the thermal shift-binding assay and enzymatic fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay. We further showed that these four compounds have additive antiviral effect when combined with remdesivir. Altogether, these results suggest that boceprevir, calpain inhibitors II and XII, and GC-376 might be promising starting points for further development against existing human coronaviruses as well as future emerging CoVs.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Carbonates/pharmacology , Glycoproteins/pharmacology , Leucine/pharmacology , Oligopeptides/pharmacology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Sulfonic Acids/pharmacology , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacology , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/pharmacology , Animals , COVID-19/drug therapy , Caco-2 Cells , Cathepsin L/antagonists & inhibitors , Cell Line , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus 229E, Human/drug effects , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , Coronavirus NL63, Human/drug effects , Coronavirus OC43, Human/drug effects , Drug Combinations , HEK293 Cells , Humans , Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus/drug effects , Proline/pharmacology , Serine Endopeptidases/metabolism , Vero Cells
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Biomolecules ; 10(9)2020 09 21.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-976281

ABSTRACT

We report the results of our in silico study of approved drugs as potential treatments for COVID-19. The study is based on the analysis of normal modes of proteins. The drugs studied include chloroquine, ivermectin, remdesivir, sofosbuvir, boceprevir, and α-difluoromethylornithine (DMFO). We applied the tools we developed and standard tools used in the structural biology community. Our results indicate that small molecules selectively bind to stable, kinetically active residues and residues adjoining them on the surface of proteins and inside protein pockets, and that some prefer hydrophobic sites over other active sites. Our approach is not restricted to viruses and can facilitate rational drug design, as well as improve our understanding of molecular interactions, in general.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/chemistry , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacology , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/chemistry , Alanine/pharmacology , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , Antibodies, Viral/immunology , Antigen-Antibody Reactions , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , Binding Sites , COVID-19 , Chloroquine/chemistry , Chloroquine/pharmacology , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Drug Repositioning , Eflornithine/chemistry , Eflornithine/pharmacology , Humans , Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions , Ivermectin/chemistry , Ivermectin/pharmacology , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/chemistry , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/drug effects , Models, Molecular , Molecular Docking Simulation , Pandemics/prevention & control , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/chemistry , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/drug effects , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/chemistry , Proline/pharmacology , Protein Binding , Protein Conformation , Protein Interaction Mapping , Receptors, Glycine/chemistry , Receptors, Glycine/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2 , Saposins/chemistry , Saposins/drug effects , Sofosbuvir/chemistry , Sofosbuvir/pharmacology , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/chemistry , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/drug effects , Structure-Activity Relationship
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4417, 2020 09 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-744372

ABSTRACT

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11 by WHO, due to its great threat to global public health. The coronavirus main protease (Mpro, also called 3CLpro) is essential for processing and maturation of the viral polyprotein, therefore recognized as an attractive drug target. Here we show that a clinically approved anti-HCV drug, Boceprevir, and a pre-clinical inhibitor against feline infectious peritonitis (corona) virus (FIPV), GC376, both efficaciously inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in Vero cells by targeting Mpro. Moreover, combined application of GC376 with Remdesivir, a nucleotide analogue that inhibits viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), results in sterilizing additive effect. Further structural analysis reveals binding of both inhibitors to the catalytically active side of SARS-CoV-2 protease Mpro as main mechanism of inhibition. Our findings may provide critical information for the optimization and design of more potent inhibitors against the emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Protease Inhibitors/pharmacology , Pyrrolidines/pharmacology , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Betacoronavirus/enzymology , Binding Sites/drug effects , COVID-19 , Catalytic Domain , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus 3C Proteases , Crystallography, X-Ray , Cysteine Endopeptidases/chemistry , Cysteine Endopeptidases/metabolism , Disease Models, Animal , High-Throughput Screening Assays , Models, Molecular , Pandemics , Proline/pharmacology , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/antagonists & inhibitors , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/chemistry , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2 , Sulfonic Acids , Vero Cells , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/chemistry , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism , Virus Replication/drug effects
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Comb Chem High Throughput Screen ; 24(5): 716-728, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-721423

ABSTRACT

AIMS: To predict potential drugs for COVID-19 by using molecular docking for virtual screening of drugs approved for other clinical applications. BACKGROUND: SARS-CoV-2 is the betacoronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. It was listed as a potential global health threat by the WHO due to high mortality, high basic reproduction number, and lack of clinically approved drugs and vaccines. The genome of the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been sequenced. In addition, the three-dimensional structure of the main protease has been determined experimentally. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential drugs that can be repurposed for treatment of COVID-19 by using molecular docking based virtual screening of all approved drugs. METHODS: A list of drugs approved for clinical use was obtained from the SuperDRUG2 database. The structure of the target in the apo form, as well as structures of several target-ligand complexes, were obtained from RCSB PDB. The structure of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro determined from X-ray diffraction data was used as the target. Data regarding drugs in clinical trials for COVID-19 was obtained from clinicaltrials.org. Input for molecular docking based virtual screening was prepared by using Obabel and customized python, bash, and awk scripts. Molecular docking calculations were carried out with Vina and SMINA, and the docked conformations were analyzed and visualized with PLIP, Pymol, and Rasmol. RESULTS: Among the drugs that are being tested in clinical trials for COVID-19, Danoprevir and Darunavir were predicted to have the highest binding affinity for the Main protease (Mpro) target of SARS-CoV-2. Saquinavir and Beclabuvir were identified as the best novel candidates for COVID-19 therapy by using Virtual Screening of drugs approved for other clinical indications. CONCLUSION: Protease inhibitors approved for treatment of other viral diseases have the potential to be repurposed for treatment of COVID-19.


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Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/virology , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , Molecular Docking Simulation , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Benzazepines/chemistry , Benzazepines/pharmacology , Cyclopropanes/chemistry , Cyclopropanes/pharmacology , Darunavir/chemistry , Darunavir/pharmacology , Drug Repositioning , High-Throughput Screening Assays , Humans , Indoles/chemistry , Indoles/pharmacology , Isoindoles/chemistry , Isoindoles/pharmacology , Lactams, Macrocyclic/chemistry , Lactams, Macrocyclic/pharmacology , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Proline/chemistry , Proline/pharmacology , Saquinavir/chemistry , Saquinavir/pharmacology , Sulfonamides/chemistry , Sulfonamides/pharmacology
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Cell Res ; 30(8): 678-692, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-599672

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A new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, also called novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV), started to circulate among humans around December 2019, and it is now widespread as a global pandemic. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus is called COVID-19, which is highly contagious and has an overall mortality rate of 6.35% as of May 26, 2020. There is no vaccine or antiviral available for SARS-CoV-2. In this study, we report our discovery of inhibitors targeting the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro). Using the FRET-based enzymatic assay, several inhibitors including boceprevir, GC-376, and calpain inhibitors II, and XII were identified to have potent activity with single-digit to submicromolar IC50 values in the enzymatic assay. The mechanism of action of the hits was further characterized using enzyme kinetic studies, thermal shift binding assays, and native mass spectrometry. Significantly, four compounds (boceprevir, GC-376, calpain inhibitors II and XII) inhibit SARS-CoV-2 viral replication in cell culture with EC50 values ranging from 0.49 to 3.37 µM. Notably, boceprevir, calpain inhibitors II and XII represent novel chemotypes that are distinct from known substrate-based peptidomimetic Mpro inhibitors. A complex crystal structure of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro with GC-376, determined at 2.15 Å resolution with three protomers per asymmetric unit, revealed two unique binding configurations, shedding light on the molecular interactions and protein conformational flexibility underlying substrate and inhibitor binding by Mpro. Overall, the compounds identified herein provide promising starting points for the further development of SARS-CoV-2 therapeutics.


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Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Betacoronavirus/enzymology , Coronavirus Infections/metabolism , Glycoproteins/pharmacology , Pneumonia, Viral/metabolism , Proline/analogs & derivatives , Pyrrolidines/pharmacology , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , Virus Replication/drug effects , A549 Cells , Animals , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19 , Caco-2 Cells , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus 3C Proteases , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Cysteine Endopeptidases/chemistry , Cysteine Endopeptidases/metabolism , Drug Discovery/methods , Humans , Inhibitory Concentration 50 , Kinetics , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Proline/pharmacology , Protein Conformation , Pyrrolidines/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2 , Sulfonic Acids , Vero Cells , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/chemistry , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism
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