An Experimental and Theoretical Approach to Understand Fever, DENF & its Cure

Author(s): Vijay Kumar Vishvakarma, Ramesh Chandra, Prashant Singh*

Journal Name: Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - Infectious Disorders

Volume 21 , Issue 4 , 2021

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Fever is a response of a human body, due to an increase in the temperature, against certain stimuli. It may be associated with several reasons and one of the major causes of fever is a mosquito bite. Fever due to dengue virus (DENV) infection is being paid most attention out of several other fever types because of a large number of deaths reported worldwide. Dengue virus is transmitted by biting of the mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. DENV1, DENV2, DENV3 and DENV4 are the four serotypes of dengue virus and these serotypes have 65% similarities in their genomic structure. The genome of DENV is composed of single-stranded RNA and it encodes for the polyprotein. Structural and non-structural proteins (nsP) are the two major parts of polyprotein. Researchers have paid high attention to the non-structural protease (nsP) of DENV like nsP1, nsP2A, nsP2B, nsP3, nsP4A, nsP4B and nsP5. The NS2B-NS3 protease of DENV is the prime target of the researchers as it is responsible for the catalytic activity. In the present time, Dengvaxia (vaccine) is being recommended to patients suffering severely from DENV infection in few countries only. Till date, neither a vaccine nor an effective medicine is available to combat all four serotypes. This review describes the fever, its causes, and studies to cure the infection due to DENV using theoretical and experimental approaches.

Keywords: Dengue virus, biological activity, non-structural protease, docking, molecular dynamics, inhibition.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 05 September, 2020
Page: [495 - 513]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/1871526520999200905122052
Price: $65

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