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Current Drug Discovery Technologies


ISSN (Print): 1570-1638
ISSN (Online): 1875-6220

Research Article

Exploration of Novel PDEδ Inhibitor Based on Pharmacophore and Molecular Docking against KRAS Mutant in Colorectal Cancer

Author(s): Mohammed Mouhcine, Youness Kadil*, Imane Rahmoune and Houda Filali

Volume 20, Issue 4, 2023

Published on: 12 May, 2023

Article ID: e160423215830 Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1570163820666230416152843

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Aim: The prenyl-binding protein, phosphodiesterase-δ (PDEδ), is essential for the localization of prenylated KRas to the plasma membrane for its signaling in cancer.

Introduction: The general objective of this work was to develop virtually new potential inhibitors of the PDEδ protein that prevent Ras enrichment at the plasma membrane.

Methods: All computational molecular modeling studies were performed by Molecular Operating Environment (MOE). In this study, sixteen crystal structures of PDEδ in complex with fifteen different fragment inhibitors were used in the protein-ligand interaction fingerprints (PLIF) study to identify the chemical features responsible for the inhibition of the PDEδ protein. Based on these chemical characteristics, a pharmacophore with representative characteristics was obtained for screening the BindingDB database. Compounds that matched the pharmacophore model were filtered by the Lipinski filter. The ADMET properties of the compounds that passed the Lipinski filter were predicted by the Swiss ADME webserver and by the ProTox-II-Prediction of Toxicity of Chemicals web server. The selected compounds were subjected to a molecular docking study.

Results: In the PLIF study, it was shown that the fifteen inhibitors formed interactions with residues Met20, Trp32, Ile53, Cys56, Lys57, Arg61, Gln78, Val80, Glu88, Ile109, Ala11, Met117, Met118, Ile129, Thr131, and Tyr149 of the prenyl-binding pocket of PDEδ. Based on these chemical features, a pharmacophore with representative characteristics was composed of three bond acceptors, two hydrophobic elements, and one hydrogen bond donor. When the pharmacophore model was used in the virtual screening of the Binding DB database, 2532 compounds were selected. Then, the 2532 compounds were screened by the Lipinski rule filter. Among the 2532 compounds, two compounds met the Lipinski's rule. Subsequently, a comparison of the ADMET properties and the drug properties of the two compounds was performed. Finally, compound 2 was selected for molecular docking analysis and as a potential inhibitor against PDEδ.

Conclusion: The hit found by the combination of structure-based pharmacophore generation, pharmacophore- based virtual screening, and molecular docking showed interaction with key amino acids in the hydrophobic pocket of PDEδ, leading to the discovery of a novel scaffold as a potential inhibitor of PDEδ.

Keywords: Colorectal cancer, structure-based pharmacophore, molecular docking, KRAS, PDEδ inhibitors, chemical features.

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