Molecular Modeling of Potential Anticancer Agents from African Medicinal Plants

Ntie-Kang F., Nwodo J. N. , Ibezim A., Simoben C. V. , Karaman B. , Ngwa V. F. , ...More

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL INFORMATION AND MODELING, vol.54, no.9, pp.2433-2450, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/ci5003697
  • Page Numbers: pp.2433-2450


Naturally occurring anticancer compounds represent about half of the chemotherapeutic drugs which have been put in the market against cancer until date. Computer-based or in silico virtual screening methods are often used in lead/hit discovery protocols. In this study, the "drug-likeness" of similar to 400 compounds from African medicinal plants that have shown in vitro and/or in vivo anticancer, cytotoxic, and antiproliferative activities has been explored. To verify potential binding to anticancer drug targets, the interactions between the compounds and 14 selected targets have been analyzed by in silk modeling. Docking and binding affinity calculations were carried out, in comparison with known anticancer agents comprising similar to 1 500 published naturally occurring plant-based compounds from around the world. The results reveal that African medicinal plants could represent a good starting point for the discovery of anticancer drugs. The small data set generated (named AfroCancer) has been made available for research groups working on virtual screening.