Combined comparative molecular field analysis, comparative molecular similarity indices analysis, molecular docking and molecular dynamics studies of histone deacetylase 6 inhibitors

Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Monika SharmaMadhu Chopra


Human histone deacetylase isoform 6 (HDAC6) has been shown to have an immense role in cell motility and aggresome formation and is being an attractive selective target for the treatment of multiple tumour types and neurodegenerative conditions. The discovery of selective HDAC6 inhibitors with new chemical functionalities is therefore of utmost interest to researchers. In order to examine the structural requirements for HDAC6-specific inhibitors and to derive predictive model which can be used for designing new selective HDAC6 inhibitors, a three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship study was carried out on a diverse set of ligands using common feature-based pharmacophore alignment followed by employing comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) techniques. The models displayed high correlation of 0.978 and 0.991 for best CoMFA and CoMSIA models, respectively, and a good statistical significance. The model could be used for predicting activities of the test set compounds as well as for deriving useful information regarding steric, electrostatic, hydrophobic properties of the molecules used in this study. Further, the training and test set molecu...Continue Reading


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