In silico comparative genomics analysis of Plasmodium falciparum for the identification of putative essential genes and therapeutic candidates.


Rout, S; Warhurst, DC; Suar, M; Mahapatra, RK; (2014) In silico comparative genomics analysis of Plasmodium falciparum for the identification of putative essential genes and therapeutic candidates. Journal of microbiological methods, 109. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0167-7012 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2014.11.016

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Abstract

: A sequence of computational methods was used for predicting novel drug targets against drug resistant malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Comparative genomics, orthologous protein analysis among same and other malaria parasites and protein-protein interaction study provide us new insights into determining the essential genes and novel therapeutic candidates. Among the predicted list of 21 essential proteins from unique pathways, 11 proteins were prioritized as anti-malarial drug targets. As a case study, we built homology models of two uncharacterized proteins using MODELLER v9.13 software from possible templates. Functional annotation of these proteins was done by the InterPro databases and from ProBiS server by comparison of predicted binding site residues. The model has been subjected to in silico docking study with screened potent lead compounds from the ZINC database by Dock Blaster software using AutoDock 4. Results from this study facilitate the selection of proteins and putative inhibitors for entry into drug design production pipelines.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 25486552
Web of Science ID: 349585900001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2030877

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