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Bioinformation. 2013;9(6):286-92. doi: 10.6026/97320630009286. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

High-throughput virtual screening and docking studies of matrix protein vp40 of ebola virus.

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Department of Bioinformatics, School of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, SRM University, Kattankulathur, 603203, Tamil Nadu, India.


Ebolavirus, a member of the Filoviridae family of negative-sense RNA viruses, causes severe haemorrhagic fever leading up to 90% lethality. Ebolavirus matrix protein VP40 is involved in the virus assembly and budding process. The RNA binding pocket of VP40 is considered as the drug target site for structure based drug design. High Throughput Virtual Screening and molecular docking studies were employed to find the suitable inhibitors against VP40. Ten compounds showing good glide score and glide energy as well as interaction with specific amino acid residues were short listed as drug leads. These small molecule inhibitors could be potent inhibitors for VP40 matrix protein by blocking virus assembly and budding process.


Ebolavirus; High throughput virtual screening; Molecular docking; VP40

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