In Silico Study Examining New Phenylpropanoids Targets with Antidepressant Activity

Author(s): Poliane da Silva Calixto, Reinaldo Nóbrega de Almeida, Mirian G.S. Stiebbe Salvadori, Mayara dos Santos Maia, José Maria Barbosa Filho, Marcus Tullius Scotti, Luciana Scotti*

Journal Name: Current Drug Targets

Volume 22 , Issue 5 , 2021

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Background: Natural products, such as phenylpropanoids, which are found in essential oils derived from aromatic plants, have been explored during non-clinical psychopharmacology studies, to discover new molecules with relevant pharmacological activities in the central nervous system, especially antidepressant and anxiolytic activities. Major depressive disorder is a highly debilitating psychiatric disorder and is considered to be a disabling public health problem, worldwide, as a primary factor associated with suicide. Current clinically administered antidepressants have late-onset therapeutic actions, are associated with several side effects, and clinical studies have reported that some patients do not respond well to treatment or reach complete remission.

Objective: To review important new targets for antidepressant activity and to select phenylpropanoids with antidepressant activity, using Molegro Virtual Docker and Ossis Data Warris, and to verify substances with more promising antidepressant activity.

Results and Conclusion: An in silico molecular modeling study, based on homology, was conducted to determine the three-dimensional structure of the 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A receptor (5- HT2AR), then molecular docking studies were performed and the predisposition for cytotoxicity risk among identified molecules was examined. A model for 5-HT2AR homology, with satisfactory results, was obtained indicating the good stereochemical quality of the model. The phenylpropanoid 4-allyl-2,6-dimethoxyphenol showed the lowest binding energy for 5-HT2AR, with results relevant to the L-arginine/nitric oxide (NO)/cGMP pathway, and showed no toxicity within the parameters of mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive system toxicity, and skin-tissue irritability, when evaluated in silico; therefore, this molecule can be considered promising for the investigation of antidepressant activity.

Keywords: 4-allyl-2, 6-dimethoxyphenol, chemoinformatics, antidepressive, toxicity, target, docking.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 02 September, 2020
Page: [539 - 554]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1389450121666200902171838
Price: $65

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