Integrating computational methods guided the discovery of phytochemicals as potential Pin1 inhibitors for cancer: pharmacophore modeling, molecular docking, MM-GBSA calculations and molecular dynamics studies

Alzain, Abdulrahim A.Elbadwi, Fatima A.Shoaib, Tagyedeen H.Sherif, Asmaa E.Osman, WadahAshour, AhmedMohamed, Gamal A.Ibrahim, Sabrin R. M.Roh, Eun JooHassan, Ahmed H. E.
Issue Date
Frontiers Media S.A.
Frontiers in Chemistry, v.12
Pin1 is a pivotal player in interactions with a diverse array of phosphorylated proteins closely linked to critical processes such as carcinogenesis and tumor suppression. Its axial role in cancer initiation and progression, coupled with its overexpression and activation in various cancers render it a potential candidate for the development of targeted therapeutics. While several known Pin1 inhibitors possess favorable enzymatic profiles, their cellular efficacy often falls short. Consequently, the pursuit of novel Pin1 inhibitors has gained considerable attention in the field of medicinal chemistry. In this study, we employed the Phase tool from Schrodinger to construct a structure-based pharmacophore model. Subsequently, 449,008 natural products (NPs) from the SN3 database underwent screening to identify compounds sharing pharmacophoric features with the native ligand. This resulted in 650 compounds, which then underwent molecular docking and binding free energy calculations. Among them, SN0021307, SN0449787 and SN0079231 showed better docking scores with values of -9.891, -7.579 and -7.097 kcal/mol, respectively than the reference compound (-6.064 kcal/mol). Also, SN0021307, SN0449787 and SN0079231 exhibited lower free binding energies (-57.12, -49.81 and -46.05 kcal/mol, respectively) than the reference ligand (-37.75 kcal/mol). Based on these studies, SN0021307, SN0449787, and SN0079231 showed better binding affinity that the reference compound. Further the validation of these findings, molecular dynamics simulations confirmed the stability of the ligand-receptor complex for 100 ns with RMSD ranging from 0.6 to 1.8 angstrom. Based on these promising results, these three phytochemicals emerge as promising lead compounds warranting comprehensive biological screening in future investigations. These compounds hold great potential for further exploration regarding their efficacy and safety as Pin1 inhibitors, which could usher in new avenues for combating cancer.
PROLYL ISOMERASE PIN1; KINASE INHIBITORS; ACCURATE DOCKING; PROTEIN; ISOMERIZATION; APOPTOSIS; DESIGN; GLIDE; Pin1; cancer; pharmacophore modeling; molecular docking; MM-GBSA; molecular dynamics
Appears in Collections:
KIST Article > 2024
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
RIS (EndNote)
XLS (Excel)


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.