A comparative study of the efficiency of HCV NS3/4A protease drugs against different HCV genotypes using in silico approaches.


Biophysics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, 12613 Giza, Egypt. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : To investigate the efficacy of Direct Acting Antivirals (DAAs) in the treatment of different Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) genotypes.
METHODS : Homology modeling is used to predict the 3D structures of different genotypes while molecular docking is employed to predict genotype - drug interactions (Binding Mode) and binding free energy (Docking Score).
RESULTS : Simeprevir (TMC435) and to a lesser degree MK6325 are the best drugs among the studied drugs. The predicted affinity of drugs against genotype 1a is always better than other genotypes. P2-P4 macrocyclic drugs show better performance against genotypes 2, 3 and 5. Macrocyclic drugs are better than linear drugs.
CONCLUSIONS : HCV is one of the major health problems worldwide. Until the discovery of DAAs, HCV treatment faced many failures. DAAs target key functional machines of the virus life cycle and shut it down. NS3/4A protease is an important target and several drugs have been designed to inhibit its functions. There are several NS3/4A protease drugs approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, the virus exhibits resistance against these drugs. This study is significant in elucidating that no one drug is able to treat different genotypes with the same efficiency. Therefore, treatment should be prescribed based on the HCV genotype.


HCV,Homology modeling,Molecular docking,NS3/4A protease,