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ISSN (Print): 2666-7967
ISSN (Online): 2666-7975

Letter Article

Virtual Screening of the Flavonoids Compounds with the SARS-CoV-2 3C-like Protease as the Lead Compounds for the COVID-19

Author(s): Gabriella Patricia Adisurja and Arli Aditya Parikesit*

Volume 2 , Issue 11 , 2021

Published on: 22 February, 2021

Article ID: e130921191637 Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/2666796702666210222105547


As of 1st of September 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached an unprecedented level of more than 25 million cases with more than 850,000 deaths. Moreover, all the drug candidates are still undergoing testing in clinical trials. In this regard, a breakthrough in drug design is necessary. One strategy to devise lead compounds is leveraging natural products as a lead source. Several companies and research institutes are currently developing anti-SARS-CoV-2 lead from natural products. Flavonoids are well known as a class of antiviral compounds library. The objective of this research is to employ virtual screening methods for obtaining the best lead compounds from the library of flavonoid compounds. This research employed virtual screening methods that comprised of downloading the protein and lead compound structures, QSAR analysis prediction, iterations of molecular docking simulation, and ADME-TOX simulation for toxicity prediction. The QSAR analysis found that the tested compounds have broad-spectrum antiviral activity, and some of them exhibit specific binding to the 3C-like Protease of the Coronavirus. Moreover, juglanin was found as the compound with the fittest binding with the Protease enzyme of SARS-CoV-2. Although most of the tested compounds are deemed toxic by the ADME-Tox test, further research should be conducted to comprehend the most feasible strategy to deliver the drug to the infected lung cells. The juglanin compound is selected as the fittest candidate as the SARS-CoV-2 lead compound in the tested flavonoid samples. However, further research should be conducted to observe the lead delivery method to the cell.

Keywords: SARS-COV-2, SARS-COV-2 3CLpro, flavonoid, molecular docking, QSAR, ADME-Tox, COVID-19.

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