Applications of Docking and Molecular Dynamic Studies on the Search for New Drugs Against the Biological Warfare Agents Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis
Tanos Celmar Costa França,
Ana Paula Guimarães,
Wilian Augusto Cortopassi,
Aline Alves Oliveira,
Teodorico Castro Ramalho.
The fear of biological warfare agents (BWA) use by terrorists is the major concern of the security agencies and
health authorities worldwide today. The non-existence of vaccines or drugs against most BWA and the possibility of
genetic modified strains has turned the search for new drugs to a state of urgency. Fast in silico techniques are, therefore,
perfect tools for this task once they can quickly provide structures of several new lead compounds for further
experimental work. Here we try to present a mini-review on docking and molecular dynamics simulations studies applied
to the drug design against the BWA Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis.
Keywords: Biological warfare agents, docking studies, molecular dynamic simulations.
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