Sugunadevi Sakkiah

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To date, no suitable vaccine or specific antiviral drug is available to treat Chikungunya viral (CHIKV) fever. Hence, it is essential to identify drug candidates that could potentially impede CHIKV infection. Here, we present the development of a homology model of nsP2 protein based on the crystal structure of the nsP2 protein of Venezuelan equine(More)
The mesoderm- and epithelial-mesenchymal transition-associated transcription factor FOXC1 is specifically overexpressed in basal-like breast cancer (BLBC), but its biochemical function is not understood. Here, we demonstrate that FOXC1 controls cancer stem cell (CSC) properties enriched in BLBC cells via activation of Smoothened (SMO)-independent Hedgehog(More)
Chemical features based 3D pharmacophore models were developed for HSP90 based on the known inhibitors using Discovery Studio V2.1. An optimal pharmacophore model was brought forth and validated using a decoy set, external test set and Fischer's randomization method. The best five features pharmacophore model, Hypo1, includes two hydrogen bond acceptors,(More)
Over expression of histone deacetylases (HDACs) leads to the suppression of various gene expressions including cancer suppressor gene. Thus, novel inhibitors of these enzymes can be a valid method to treat cancers. To facilitate the discovery of novel HDAC8 inhibitors, pharmacophore models were generated using ligand and receptor based approaches and(More)
0022-2860/$ see front matter 2011 Elsevier B.V. A doi:10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.08.037 ⇑ Corresponding author. Tel.: +82 55 751 6276; fax E-mail address: (K.W. Lee). Sirtuin 2 (SIRT2) is one of the emerging targets in chemotherapy field and mainly associated with many diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s. Hence, quantitative hypothesis was(More)
AIM To identify the critical chemical features, with reliable geometric constraints, that contributes to the inhibition of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) function. METHODS Ligand-based pharmacophore modeling was used to identify the critical chemical features of BChE inhibitors. The generated pharmacophore model was validated using various techniques, such(More)
Aldose reductase 2 (ALR2), which catalyzes the reduction of glucose to sorbitol using NADP as a cofactor, has been implicated in the etiology of secondary complications of diabetes. A pharmacophore model, Hypo1, was built based on 26 compounds with known ALR2-inhibiting activity values. Hypo1 contains important chemical features required for an ALR2(More)
Beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme (BACE-1) is a single-membrane protein belongs to the aspartyl protease class of catabolic enzymes. This enzyme involved in the processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). The cleavage of APP by BACE-1 is the rate-limiting step in the amyloid cascade leading to the production of two peptide fragments(More)
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, a heme-containing enzyme, is emerging as a vital target for the treatment of cancer, chronic viral infections, and other diseases. The aim of this study is to identify novel scaffolds and utilize them in designing potent IDO inhibitors. Pharmacophore hypotheses were developed. The highly correlating (r = 0.958) hypothesis with(More)
Zinc-dependent histone deacetylase 8 removes the epsilon-acetyl groups present in the N-terminal lysine residues of histone proteins, thereby restricting various transcription factors from being expressed. Inhibition of this enzyme has been reported to be a novel strategy in cancer treatment. To identify novel and diverse leads for use in potent histone(More)