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The screening and evaluation of potential clinically significant HIV drug combinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Tomić, Draško; Davidović, Davor; Szasz, Attila Marcel; Rezeli, Melinda; Pirkić, Boris; Petrik, Jozsef; Vrca, Vesna Bačić; Janđel, Vladimir; Lipić, Tomislav; Skala, Karolj; Mesarić, Josip; Periša, Marija Milković; Šojat, Zorislav; Rogina Medved, Branka (2021) The screening and evaluation of potential clinically significant HIV drug combinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Informatics in Medicine Unlocked, 23 . ISSN 2352-9148

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Spike glycoprotein is essential for the reproduction of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and its inhibition using already approved antiviral drugs may open new avenues for the treatment of patients with the COVID-19 disease. Because of that, we analyzed the inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein with FDA-approved antiviral drugs and their double and triple combinations. We used the Vini in silico model of cancer to perform this virtual drug screening, showing HIV drugs to be the most effective. Besides, the combination of cobicistat-abacavir-rilpivirine HIV drugs demonstrated the highest in silico efficacy of inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein. Therefore, a clinical trial of cobicistat-abacavir-rilpivirine on a limited number of COVID-19 patients in moderately severe and severe conditions is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein ; HIV cocktail therapy ; Inhibition efficiency ; Virtual drug screening ; Antiviral drugs ; COVID-19
Subjects: TECHNICAL SCIENCES > Computing > Process Computing
Divisions: Center for Informatics and Computing
Division of Electronics
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
DATACROSS - Napredne metode i tehnologije u znanosti o podatcima i kooperativnim sustavima-DATACROSSSven Lončarić; Petrović IvanKK.
Depositing User: Davor Davidović
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 07:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.imu.2021.100529

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