Target identification using homopharma and network-based methods for predicting compounds against dengue virus-infected cells

Kowit Hengphasatporn, Kitiporn Plaimas, Apichat Suratanee, Peemapat Wongsriphisant, Jinn-Moon Yang, Yasuteru Shigeta, Warinthorn Chavasiri, Siwaporn Boonyasuppayakorn, Thanyada Rungrotmongkol*

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Drug target prediction is an important method for drug discovery and design, can disclose the potential inhibitory effect of active compounds, and is particularly relevant to many diseases that have the potential to kill, such as dengue, but lack any healing agent. An antiviral drug is urgently required for dengue treatment. Some potential antiviral agents are still in the process of drug discovery, but the development of more effective active molecules is in critical demand. Herein, we aimed to provide an efficient technique for target prediction using homopharma and network-based methods, which is reliable and expeditious to hunt for the possible human targets of three phenolic lipids (anarcardic acid, cardol, and cardanol) related to dengue viral (DENV) infection as a case study. Using several databases, the similarity search and network-based analyses were applied on the three phenolic lipids resulting in the identification of seven possible targets as follows. Based on protein annotation, three phenolic lipids may interrupt or disturb the human proteins, namely KAT5, GAPDH, ACTB, and HSP90AA1, whose biological functions have been previously reported to be involved with viruses in the family Flaviviridae. In addition, these phenolic lipids might inhibit the mechanism of the viral proteins: NS3, NS5, and E proteins. The DENV and human proteins obtained from this study could be potential targets for further molecular optimization on compounds with a phenolic lipid core structure in anti-dengue drug discovery. As such, this pipeline could be a valuable tool to identify possible targets of active compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25081883
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • Bioinformatic
  • Dengue
  • Homopharma
  • Network-based analysis
  • Phenolic lipid
  • Target identification
  • Virus-host interactions


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