Tailored-pharmacophore model to enhance virtual screening and drug discovery: a case study on the identification of potential inhibitors against drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (3R)-hydroxyacyl-ACP dehydratases

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Aim: Virtual screening (VS) is powerful tool in discovering molecular inhibitors that are most likely to bind to drug targets of interest. Herein, we introduce a novel VS approach, so-called ‘tailored-pharmacophore’, in order to explore inhibitors that overcome drug resistance. Methodology & results: The emergence and spread of drug resistance strains of tuberculosis is one of the most critical issues in healthcare. A tailored-pharmacophore approach was found promising to identify in silico predicted hit with better binding affinities in case of the resistance mutations in MtbHadAB as compared with thiacetazone, a prodrug used in the clinical treatment of tuberculosis.

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