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Bioinformation. 2012;8(18):875-80. doi: 10.6026/97320630008875. Epub 2012 Sep 21.

Computational validation of 3-ammonio-3-(4-oxido- 1H-imidazol-1-ium-5-yl) propane-1, 1-bis (olate) as a potent anti-tubercular drug against mt-MetAP.

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Bioinformatics Centre (DBT-BIF), Assam University Silchar, Assam, India-788011.


The advent of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) necessitated search for new drug targets for the bacterium. It is reported that 3.3% of all new tuberculosis cases had multidrug resistance (MDR-TB) in 2009 and each year, about 0.44 million MDR-TB cases are estimated to emerge and 0.15 million people with MDR-TB die. Keeping such an alarming situation under consideration we wanted to design suitable anti tubercular molecules for new target using computational tools. In the work Methionine aminopeptidase (MetAP) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was considered as target and three non-toxic phenolic=ketonic compounds were considered as ligands. Docking was done with Flex X and AutoDock 4.2 separately. Ten proven inhibitors of MetAP were collected from literature with their IC50 and were correlated using EasyQSAR to generate QSAR model. Activity of ligands in question was predicted from QSAR. Pharmacophore for each docking was generated using Ligandscout 3.0. Toxicity of the ligands in question was predicted on Mobyle@rpbs portal and Actelion property explorer. Molecular docking with target showed that of all three ligands, 3-ammonio-3-(4-oxido-1H-imidazol-1-ium-5-yl) propane-1, 1-bis (olate) has highest affinity (- 37.5096) and lowest IC50 (4.46 ┬ÁM). We therefore, propose that -3-ammonio-3-(4-oxido-1H-imidazol-1-ium-5-yl) propane-1,1- bis(olate) as a potent MetAP inhibitor may be a new anti-tubercular drug particularly in the context of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).


1-bis(olate); 3-ammonio-3-(4-oxido-1H-imidazol-1-ium-5-yl) propane-1; Anti-tubercular drug; MetAP

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