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Appraisal of the Role of In silico Methods in Pyrazole Based Drug Design

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 2 ]

Author(s):

Smriti Sharma and Vinayak Bhatia*   Pages 204 - 216 ( 13 )

Abstract:


Pyrazole and its derivatives are a pharmacologically and significantly active scaffolds that have innumerable physiological and pharmacological activities. They can be very good targets for the discovery of novel anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-tubercular, antiviral, antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-convulsant and neuroprotective drugs. This review focuses on the importance of in silico manipulations of pyrazole and its derivatives for medicinal chemistry. The authors have discussed currently available information on the use of computational techniques like molecular docking, structure-based virtual screening (SBVS), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR), comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) to drug design using pyrazole moieties. Pyrazole based drug design is mainly dependent on the integration of experimental and computational approaches. The authors feel that more studies need to be done to fully explore the pharmacological potential of the pyrazole moiety and in silico method can be of great help.

Keywords:

Pyrazole, quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR), molecular docking, pharmacological activities, drug design.

Affiliation:

Department of Chemistry, Miranda House, University of Delhi, ICARE Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute, U.P., Noida



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