Rho-associated, coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1 (ROCK1) is an important regulator of focal adhesion,
actomyosin contraction and cell motility. In this manuscript, a combination of the multi-complex-based pharmacophore
(MCBP), molecular dynamics simulation and a hybrid protocol of a virtual screening method, comprised of multipharmacophore-
based virtual screening (PBVS) and ensemble docking-based virtual screening (DBVS) methods were
used for retrieving novel ROCK1 inhibitors from the natural products database embedded in the ZINC database. Ten hit
compounds were selected from the hit compounds, and five compounds were tested experimentally. Thus, these results
may provide valuable information for further discovery of more novel ROCK1 inhibitors.
Keywords: Pharmacophore, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, virtual screening, Rho kinases 1 (ROCK1).
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