Structure of the virus capsid protein VP1 of enterovirus 71 predicted by some homology modeling and molecular docking studies

Journal of Computational Chemistry
Yi-Yu KeThy-Hou Lin


The homology modeling technique has been used to construct the structure of enterovirus 71 (EV 71) capsid protein VP1. The protein is consisted of 297 amino acid residues and treated as the target. The amino acid sequence identity between the target protein and sequences of template proteins 1EAH, 1PIV, and 1D4M searched from NCBI protein BLAST and WorkBench protein tools were 38, 37, and 36%, respectively. Based on these template structures, the protein model was constructed by using the InsightII/Homology program. The protein model was briefly refined by energy minimization and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation steps. The protein model was validated using some web available servers such as ERRAT, PROCHECK, PROVE, and PROSA2003. However, an inconsistency between the docking scores and the measured activity was observed for a series of EV 71 VP1 inhibitors synthesized by Shia et al. (J Med Chem 2002, 45, 1644) and docked into the binding pocket of the protein model using the DOCK 4.0.2 program. The protein model with an EV 71 VP1 inhibitor docked and engulfed was then refined further by some MD simulation steps in the presence of water molecules. The docking scores obtained for these inhibitors after such a MD refinement were ...Continue Reading


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