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MeSH Disease

HGNC Genes

SARS-CoV-2 proteins

ComplexRdRp (4)

ProteinS (2)

NSP5 (2)

ProteinN (1)

NSP6 (1)


SARS-CoV-2 Proteins
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    A recombinant fragment of Human surfactant protein D HGNC binds Spike protein PROTEIN and inhibits infectivity and replication of SARS-CoV-2 in clinical samples

    Authors: Taruna Madan; Barnali Biswas; Praveen Varghese; Rambhadur Subedi; Hrishikesh Pandit; Susan Idicula-Thomas; Indra Kundu; Sheetalnath Babasaheb Rooge; Reshu Aggarwal; Dinesh Tripathi; Savneet Kaur; Ekta Gupta; Sanjeev Gupta

    doi:10.1101/2020.12.18.423415 Date: 2020-12-18 Source: bioRxiv

    Rationale COVID-19 MESHD is an acute infectious disease MESHD caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2). Human surfactant protein D HGNC ( SP-D HGNC) is known to interact with spike protein PROTEIN of SARS-CoV, but its immune-surveillance against SARS-CoV-2 is not known. ObjectiveThis study aimed to examine the potential of a recombinant fragment of human SP-D HGNC (rfhSP-D) as an inhibitor of replication and infection of SARS-CoV-2 MESHD. MethodsrfhSP-D interaction with spike protein PROTEIN of SARS-CoV-2 and hACE-2 receptor was predicted via docking analysis. The inhibition of interaction between spike protein PROTEIN and ACE-2 HGNC by rfhSP-D was confirmed using direct and indirect ELISA. The effect of rfhSP-D on replication and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 from clinical samples was studied by measuring the expression of RdRp PROTEIN gene of the virus using qPCR. Measurements and Main ResultsIn-silico interaction studies indicated that three amino acid residues in the RBD of spike of SARS-CoV-2 PROTEIN were commonly involved in interacting with rfhSP-D and ACE-2 HGNC. Studies using clinical samples of SARS-CoV-2 positive cases (asymptomatic, n=7 and symptomatic, n=8 and negative controls n=15) demonstrated that treatment with 5M rfhSP-D inhibited viral replication by ~5.5 fold and was more efficient than Remdesivir (100 M). Approximately, a 2-fold reduction in viral infectivity was also observed after treatment with 5M rfhSP-D. ConclusionsThese results conclusively demonstrate that the calcium independent rfhSP-D mediated inhibition of binding between the receptor binding domain of the S1 subunit of the SARS-CoV-2 spike PROTEIN protein and human ACE-2 HGNC, its host cell receptor, and a significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD and replication in-vitro.

    Long-chain polyphosphates impair SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD and replication: a route for therapy in man

    Authors: Veronica Ferrucci; Young Kong Dae; Fatemeh Asadzadeh; Laura Marrone; Roberto Siciliano; Pellegrino Cerino; Giuseppina Criscuolo; Ida Pisano; Fabrizio Quarantelli; Barbara Izzo; Giovanna Fusco; Marika Comegna; Angelo Boccia; Maurizio Viscardi; Giorgia Borriello; Sergio Brandi; Bianca Maria Pierri; Claudia Tiberio; Luigi Atripaldi; Giovanni Paolella; Giuseppe Castaldo; Stefano Pascarella; Martina Bianchi; Rosa Della Monica; Lorenzo Chiariotti; Kyong Seop Yun; Jae Ho Cheong; Hong Yeoul Kim; Massimo Zollo; Katie Jeffery; David W Eyre; Talat Mokhtari-Azad; Reza Najafipour; Reza Malekzadeh; Kimia Kahrizi; Seyed Mohammad Jazayeri; Hossein Najmabadi

    doi:10.1101/2020.11.18.388413 Date: 2020-11-18 Source: bioRxiv

    Anti-viral activities of long-chain inorganic polyphosphates (PolyPs) against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-2 infection MESHD were investigated. In molecular docking analyses, PolyPs interacted with several conserved angiotensin-converting enzyme ( ACE)2 HGNC and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN ( RdRp PROTEIN) amino acids. We thus tested PolyPs for functional interactions in vitro in SARS-CoV-2-infected MESHD Vero E6, Caco2 and human primary nasal epithelial cells. Immunofluorescence, qPCR, direct RNA sequencing, FISH and Immunoblotting were used to determine virus loads and transcription levels of genomic(g)RNAs and sub-genomic(sg)RNAs. We show that PolyP120 binds to ACE2 HGNC and enhances its proteasomal degradation. PolyP120 shows steric hindrance of the genomic Sars-CoV-2-RNA/ RdRP complex PROTEIN, to impair synthesis of positive-sense gRNAs, viral subgenomic transcripts and structural proteins needed for viral replication. Thus, PolyP120 impairs infection MESHD and replication of Korean and European (containing non-synonymous variants) SARS-CoV-2 strains. As PolyPs have no toxic activities, we envision their use as a nebulised formula for oropharyngeal delivery to prevent infections of SARS-CoV-2 and during early phases of antiviral therapy.

    Discovery of Natural Phenol Catechin as a Multitargeted Agent Against SARS-CoV-2 For the Plausible Therapy of COVID-19 MESHD

    Authors: Chandra Bhushan Mishra; Preeti Pandey; Ravi Datta Sharma; Raj Kumar Mongre; Andrew M Lynn; Rajendra Prasad; Raok Jeon; Amresh Prakash

    doi:10.26434/chemrxiv.12752402.v1 Date: 2020-08-04 Source: ChemRxiv

    The global pandemic crisis, COVID-19 MESHD caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus MESHD 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has claimed the lives of millions of people across the world. Development and testing of anti-SARS-CoV-2 drugs or vaccines, are not turned to be realistic in the timeframe needed to combat this pandemic. Thus, rigorous efforts are still ongoing for the drug repurposing as a clinical treatment strategy to control COVID-19 MESHD. Here we report a comprehensive computational approach to identify the multi-targeted drug molecules against the SARS-CoV-2 proteins, which are crucially involved in the viral-host interaction, replication of the virus inside the host, disease progression and transmission of coronavirus infection. Virtual screening of 72 FDA approved potential antiviral drugs against the target proteins: Spike (S PROTEIN) glycoprotein, human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 ( hACE2 HGNC), 3-chymotrypsin- like cysteine protease PROTEIN ( 3CLpro PROTEIN), Cathepsin L HGNC, Nucleocapsid protein PROTEIN, RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN ( RdRp PROTEIN) and nonstructural protein 6 ( NSP6 PROTEIN) resulted in the selection of seven drugs which preferentially binds to the target proteins. Further, the molecular interactions determined by MD simulation, free energy landscape and the binding free energy estimation, using MM-PBSA revealed that among 72 drug molecules, catechin (flavan-3-ol) can effectively bind to 3CLpro PROTEIN, Cathepsin L HGNC, RBD of S protein PROTEIN, NSP-6, and Nucleocapsid protein PROTEIN. It is more conveniently involved in key molecular interactions, showing binding free energy (ΔGbind) in the range of -5.09 kcal/mol ( Cathepsin L HGNC) to -26.09 kcal/mol ( NSP6 PROTEIN). At the binding pocket, catechin is majorly stabilized by the hydrophobic interactions, displays ΔEvdW values -7.59 to -37.39 kcal/mol. Thus, the structural insights of better binding affinity and favourable molecular interaction of catechin towards multiple target proteins, signifies that catechin can be potentially explored as a multitargeted agent in the rational design of effective therapies against COVID-19 MESHD.

    Discovery of Multi-Target-Directed Ligands by Targeting Host-specific SARS-CoV-2’s Structurally Conserved Main Protease PROTEIN

    Authors: Rakesh Joshi; Shounak Jagdale; Sneha Bansode; S. Shiva Shankar; Meenakshi Tellis; Vaibhav Kumar Pandya; Ashok Giri; Mahesh Kulkarni

    id:10.20944/preprints202004.0068.v2 Date: 2020-04-09 Source:

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection MESHD has resulted in the current COVID-19 MESHD COVID-19 MESHD pandemic. Worldwide this disease has infected around 1.5 million individuals with a mortality rate ranging from 5 to 10%. It has also imposed extreme challenges on global health, economy, and social behavior. Due to the unavailability of therapeutics, several efforts are going on in the drug discovery to control the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection MESHD. The main protease PROTEIN (MPro) plays a critical role in viral replication and maturation, thus can serve as the primary drug target. To understand the structural evolution of MPro, we have performed phylogenetic and SSN analysis, that depicted divergence of Coronaviridae MPro in five clusters specific to viral hosts. This clustering was also corroborated with the comparison of MPro structures. Furthermore, it has been observed that backbone and binding site conformations are conserved despite variation in some of the residues. This conservation can be exploited to repurpose available viral protease inhibitors against SARS-CoV-2 MPro. In agreement with this, we performed screening of the custom-made library of ~7100 molecules including active ingredients present in the Ayurvedic anti-tussive medicines, anti-viral phytochemicals and synthetic anti-virals against SARS-CoV-2 MPro as the primary target. We identified several natural molecules that strongly binds to SARS-CoV-2 MPro among which top seven molecules are d-Viniferin, Myricitrin, Taiwanhomoflavone A, Lactucopicrin 15-oxalate, Nympholide A, Biorobin and Phyllaemblicin B. Most of the predicted lead molecules are from Vitis vinifera, also reported for anti-tussive and/or antiviral activities. These molecules also showed strong binding with other main targets RdRp PROTEIN and hACE-2 HGNC. We anticipate that our approach for identification of multi-target-directed ligand will provide new avenues for drug discovery against SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD.

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MeSH Disease
HGNC Genes
SARS-CoV-2 Proteins

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