In silico Evaluation of the Potential of Natural Products from Chili Pepper as Antiviral Agents Against Dna-Directed Rna Polymerase of the Monkeypox Virus

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Fidan O., MUJWAR S.

Bitlis Eren Üniversitesi Fen Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.13, no.1, pp.277-291, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.17798/bitlisfen.1388403
  • Journal Name: Bitlis Eren Üniversitesi Fen Bilimleri Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.277-291
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


This study focused on the discovery of new drug candidates effective against the monkeypox virus. Virtual screening was performed to evaluate the potential of chili pepper natural products against homology-modeled DNA-directed RNA polymerase of the monkeypox virus using molecular docking. Our findings revealed that structurally similar triterpenes such as α-amyrin, β-amyrin, and β-sitosterol had strong binding affinities towards the DNA-directed RNA polymerase and can inhibit this pivotal viral enzyme. The stability of one of the drug candidate molecules, α-amyrin with the strongest binding affinity towards the binding cavity of the enzyme was also confirmed via molecular dynamics simulation. This study showed that α-amyrin is a promising DNA-directed RNA polymerase inhibitor to treat monkeypox disease. It also paves the way for the idea of the potential dietary supplement candidate for monkeypox patients.