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Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12(1), 20;

Identification of Potential Inhibitors from Pyriproxyfen with Insecticidal Activity by Virtual Screening

Postgraduate Program in Biotechnology and Biodiversity-Network BIONORTE, Federal University of Amapá, Macapá, Amapá 68903-419, Brazil
Laboratory of Modeling and Computational Chemistry, Department of Biological and Health Sciences, Federal University of Amapá, Macapá 68902-280, AP, Brazil
Laboratory of Molecular Modeling and Simulation System, Federal Rural University of Amazônia, Capanema, Pará 68700-030, Brazil
Computational Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo 14040-903, Brazil;
Laboratory of Arthropoda, Federal University of Amapá, Macapá 68902-280, AP, Brazil
Brazilian Center for Physical Research, Urca, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, Brazil
Department of Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Received: 30 December 2018 / Revised: 17 January 2019 / Accepted: 19 January 2019 / Published: 25 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Design of Enzyme Inhibitors as Potential Drugs)
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Aedes aegypti is the main vector of dengue fever transmission, yellow fever, Zika, and chikungunya in tropical and subtropical regions and it is considered to cause health risks to millions of people in the world. In this study, we search to obtain new molecules with insecticidal potential against Ae. aegypti via virtual screening. Pyriproxyfen was chosen as a template compound to search molecules in the database Zinc_Natural_Stock (ZNSt) with structural similarity using ROCS (rapid overlay of chemical structures) and EON (electrostatic similarity) software, and in the final search, the top 100 were selected. Subsequently, in silico pharmacokinetic and toxicological properties were determined resulting in a total of 14 molecules, and these were submitted to the PASS online server for the prediction of biological insecticide and acetylcholinesterase activities, and only two selected molecules followed for the molecular docking study to evaluate the binding free energy and interaction mode. After these procedures were performed, toxicity risk assessment such as LD50 values in mg/kg and toxicity class using the PROTOX online server, were undertaken. Molecule ZINC00001624 presented potential for inhibition for the acetylcholinesterase enzyme (insect and human) with a binding affinity value of −10.5 and −10.3 kcal/mol, respectively. The interaction with the juvenile hormone was −11.4 kcal/mol for the molecule ZINC00001021. Molecules ZINC00001021 and ZINC00001624 had excellent predictions in all the steps of the study and may be indicated as the most promising molecules resulting from the virtual screening of new insecticidal agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: acetylcholinesterase; juvenile hormone; PASS; molecular docking acetylcholinesterase; juvenile hormone; PASS; molecular docking

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Ramos, R.S.; Costa, J.S.; Silva, R.C.; da Costa, G.V.; Rodrigues, A.B.L.; Rabelo, É.M.; Souto, R.N.P.; Taft, C.A.; Silva, C.H.T.P.; Rosa, J.M.C.; Santos, C.B.R.; Macêdo, W.J.C. Identification of Potential Inhibitors from Pyriproxyfen with Insecticidal Activity by Virtual Screening. Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12, 20.

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