Current Computer-Aided Drug Design

Subhash C. Basak
Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55811


Molecular Docking Evaluation of Imidazole Analogues as Potent Candida albicans 14α-Demethylase Inhibitors

Author(s): Nidhi Rani, Praveen Kumar, Randhir Singh, Ajay Sharma.


Candida albicans is one of the most important causes of life-threating fungal infections. Lanosterol 14α-demethylase (Cytochrome P450DM) is the target enzyme of azole antifungal agents. The study involved selection and modeling of the target enzyme followed by refinement of the model using molecular dynamic simulation. The modeled structure of enzyme was validated using Ramachandran plot and Sequence determination technique. A series of chlorosubstituted imidazole analogues were evaluated for Cytochrome P450 inhibitory activity using molecular docking studies. The imidazole analogues were prepared using Chem sketch and molecular docking was performed using Molergo Virtual Docker program. The docking study indicated that all the imidazole analogues (AN1-AN45) and standard drugs i.e., Ketoconazole, Clotrimazole and Miconazole have interaction with protein residue of 14α-demethylase, Heme cofactor and the water molecules present in the active site.

Keywords: Antifungal agents, Candida albicans, 14α-demethylase, imidazole, molecular docking, molecular modeling.

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Article Details

Year: 2015
Page: [8 - 20]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1573409911666150617113645
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