Catechin and Curcumin interact with corona (2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV2) insights

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Catechin and Curcumin interact with corona (2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV2) viral S protein and ACE2 of human cell membrane: insights from Computational study and implication for intervention. Read the full article here:

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The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (2019n-CoV) is an unprecedented threat for human health throughout the globe. In this regards development of a suitable intervention is the need of the hour. The viral spike protein (S-Protein) and the cognate host cell receptor ACE2 can prove to be effective. Here, through computational approaches we have reported two polyphenols, Catechin and Curcumin which have dual binding affinity i.e both the molecule binds to viral S-protein and as well as ACE2. Catechin binds with S-protein and ACE2 with binding energy of -10.5 Kcal/mol and -8.9 Kcal/mol, respectively. Catechin binds with a greater affinty than that of curcumin which has a binding energy of -7.9Kcal/mol and – 7.8Kcal/mol for S-protein and ACE2, respectively. While curcumin gets bound directly to receptor binding domain (RBD) of viral S-protein, catechin binds to near proximity of RBD sequence of S-protein. Molecular simulation study demonstrates that curcumin directly binds with RBD site of S-protein during 40-100ns. In contrast, catechin binds with S-protein near the RBD site and causes fluctuation in the amino acids present in the RBD and it’s near proximity. In conclusion, this computational study for the first time predicts the possibility of above two polyphenols, for therapeutic/preventive intervention.


Coronavirus, Curcumin, Catechin, Molecular Docking, Simulation, polyphenols


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