Comput Biol Med 2021 Aug 28;137:104817. Epub 2021 Aug 28.
Computational Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Av. Do Café, S/n, Ribeirão Preto, SP, 14040-903, Brazil; Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, 14040-901, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.
Microtubules have been widely studied in recent decades as an important pharmacological target for the treatment of cancer especially due to its key role in the mitosis process. Among the constituents of the microtubules, αβ-tubulin dimers stand out in view of their four distinct interaction sites, including the so-called colchicine binding site (CBS) - a promising target for the development of new tubulin modulators. When compared to other tubulin sites, targeting the CBS is advantageous because this site is able to host ligands with lower molecular volume and lipophilicity, thus reducing the chances of entailing the phenomenon of multiple drug resistance (MDR) - one of the main reasons of failure in chemotherapy. Read More