Background: A newly emergent strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected almost the whole of the world’s population. Currently, there is no specific vaccine or drug against COVID-19. Xu et al. (2020) built a homolog model of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro based on SARS-CoV Mpro, which is considered as a target to inhibit the replication of CoV.
Objective: The aim of the current study was to find potential inhibitors of COVID-19 Mpro using docking analysis.
Methods: Autodockvina was used to carry out Protein-Ligand docking. COVID-19 main protease Mpro was docked with catechin and its different synthetic derivatives. Nelfinavir, an antiretroviral drug belonging to protease inhibitors, was taken as the standard.
Results: According to the result obtained, it was found that Compound (4) and Compound (1) have more affinity than nelfinavir.
Conclusion: Compounds were found to have a great potential to become COVID-19 main protease Mpro inhibitor. Nevertheless, for their medicinal use, further investigation is necessary.