Agriculture and Food Chemistry

In silico Screening of Food Bioactive Compounds to Predict Potential Inhibitors of COVID-19 Main protease (Mpro) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp)



As novel corona virus (COVID-19) infections has spread throughout the world, world health organization (WHO) has announced COVID-19 as a pandemic infection. Henceforth investigators are conducting extensive research to find possible therapeutic agents against COVID-19. Main protease (Mpro) that plays an essential role in processing the polyproteins that are translated from the 2019-nCOV RNA and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) that catalyzes the replication of RNA from RNA template becomes as a potential targets for in silico screening of effective therapeutic compounds to COVID-19. In this study we used COVID-19 Docking Server to predict potential food bioactive compounds to inhibit Mpro and RdRp. The results showed that Phycocyanobilin, Riboflavin, Cyanidin, Daidzein, Genistein are potent inhibitor bioactive compounds to Mpro and RdRp in comparison to antiviral drugs. Though, further in vitro and/or in vivo research is required to validate the docking results.


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