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Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1568-0266
ISSN (Online): 1873-4294

Computational Approaches to Screen Candidate Ligands with Anti- Parkinson’s Activity Using R Programming

Author(s): R.M. Jayadeepa and M.S. Niveditha

Volume 12, Issue 16, 2012

Page: [1807 - 1814] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1568026611209061807

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It is estimated that by 2050 over 100 million people will be affected by the Parkinson’s disease (PD). We propose various computational approaches to screen suitable candidate ligand with anti-Parkinson’s activity from phytochemicals. Five different types of dopamine receptors have been identified in the brain, D1–D5. Dopamine receptor D3 was selected as the target receptor. The D3 receptor exists in areas of the brain outside the basal ganglia, such as the limbic system, and thus may play a role in the cognitive and emotional changes noted in Parkinson’s disease. A ligand library of 100 molecules with anti-Parkinson’s activity was collected from literature survey. Nature is the best combinatorial chemist and possibly has answers to all diseases of mankind. Failure of some synthetic drugs and its side effects have prompted many researches to go back to ancient healing methods which use herbal medicines to give relief. Hence, the candidate ligands with anti-Parkinson’s were selected from herbal sources through literature survey. Lipinski rules were applied to screen the suitable molecules for the study, the resulting 88 molecules were energy minimized, and subjected to docking using Autodock Vina. The top eleven molecules were screened according to the docking score generated by Autodock Vina Commercial drug Ropinirole was computed similarly and was compared with the 11 phytochemicals score, the screened molecules were subjected to toxicity analysis and to verify toxic property of phytochemicals. R Programming was applied to remove the bias from the top eleven molecules. Using cluster analysis and Confusion Matrix two phytochemicals were computationally selected namely Rosmarinic acid and Gingkolide A for further studies on the disease Parkinson’s.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease, dopamine D3 receptor, autodock vina, rosmarinic acid, gingkolide A and R programming

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