Ricardo Bicca de Alencastro

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Pharmacological studies from our group [Lima et al. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 92:508, (2009)] revealed that geissospermine (GSP), the major alkaloid of the bark extract of Brazilian Geissospermum vellosii, inhibits acetylcholinesterases (AChEs) in the brains of rats and electric eels (Electrophorus electricus). However, the binding mode (i.e., conformation(More)
A series of 74 dihydroalkoxybenzyloxopyrimidines (DABOs), a class of highly potent non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), was retrieved from the literature and studied by receptor-dependent (RD) three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) analysis to derive RD-3D-QSAR models. The descriptors in this new method(More)
Flaviviruses, such as dengue and zika viruses, are etiologic agents transmitted to humans mainly by arthropods and are of great epidemiological interest. The flavivirus capsid protein is a structural element required for the viral nucleocapsid assembly that presents the classical function of sheltering the viral genome. After decades of research, many(More)
Acetylcholine inhibitors (AChEIs) are currently considered as potential drugs for treating Alzheimer disease. In this work, we developed a receptor-dependent 3D-QSAR (RD-3D-QSAR) models based on a series of 60 benzylpiperidine inhibitors of human acetylcholinesterase to support the design of new AChEIs. The best two models, A-F (N = 47, q(2) = 0.736, r(2) =(More)
The three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationships (3D-QSAR) of a series of HOE/BAY-793 analogs (C(2)-symmetric diol peptidomimetics), developed by Budt and co-workers [Bioorg. Med. Chem. 3 (1995) 559] as inhibitors of HIV-1 protease (HIV-PR), were studied using Comparative Molecular Field Analysis (CoMFA) and Comparative Molecular(More)
Within the five classes (α, β, γ, δ, and ζ) of carbonic anhydrases (CAs) the first two, containing mammal and plant representatives, are the most studied among all CAs. In this study, we have focused our investigation on the beta-class carbonic anhydrase of Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum. We investigated both the importance of the Asp-Arg dyad near(More)
Hint1 is a homodimeric protein and member of the ubiquitous HIT superfamily. Hint1 catalyzes the hydrolysis of purine phosphoramidates and lysyl-adenylate generated by lysyl-tRNA synthetase (LysRS). To determine the importance of homodimerization on the biological and catalytic activity of Hint1, the dimer interface of human Hint1 (hHint1) was destabilized(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of 12 aqueous systems of the NADH-dependent enoyl-ACP reductase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (InhA) were carried out for up to 20-40 ns using the GROMACS 4.5 package. Simulations of the holoenzyme, holoenzyme-substrate, and 10 holoenzyme-inhibitor complexes were conducted in order to gain more insight about the(More)
The original quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) formulation was proposed by Hansch and Fujita in the 1960's and, since then QSAR analysis has evolved as a mature science, due mainly to the advances that occurred in the past two decades in the fields of molecular modeling, data analysis algorithms, chemoinformatics, and the application of(More)
The association of the anti-tuberculosis drug rifampicin (RIF) with a 4th-generation poly(amidoamine) (G4-PAMAM) dendrimer was investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The RIF load capacity was estimated to be around 20 RIF per G4-PAMAM at neutral pH. The complex formed by 20 RIF molecules and the dendrimer (RIF20-PAMAM) was subjected to 100(More)