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revised on 23.06.2020 and posted on 25.06.2020by David Snyder, Shweta Mehta
This is a computational study using a high resolution crystallographic structure for the SARS-CoV2 mRNA cap 2'-O-methyltransferase (nsp16) and ligands obtained from the ZINC database. Using iGEMDOCK for docking and Desmond/Schrodinger for energy minimization, we identify adenosine receptor binders that potentially bind a previously identified adenosine binding site in SARS-CoV2 nsp16 better than adenosine does, some of which may induce conformational changes in nsp16.