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A Computational Analysis of Indomethacin Derivative as Tubulin Inhibitor: Insights into Development of Chemotherapeutic Agents

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 6 ]


Kelly Miranda Costa, Cláudio Nahum Alves, José Rogério Araújo Silva and Jerônimo Lameira   Pages 431 - 436 ( 6 )


Tubulin is a potent molecular target for development of anticancer agents. In this report, the binding of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as tubulin inhibitors potential are investigated by extensive computational techniques, such as, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations and binding free energy calculations. The results suggest that a potent indomethacin derivative inhibits the tubulin polymerization by interacting on the colchicine-site binding. This potential chemotherapeutic agent showed high stability in the molecular dynamics simulations, when complexed on the same binding site of colchicine, a potent and toxic, tubulin inhibitor. Then, our results can be useful designing new compounds for cancer treatments.


Tubulin, chemotherapeutic agents, indomethacin derivative, molecular docking, molecular dynamics, binding free energy.


Laboratório de Planejamento e Desenvolvimento de Fármacos, Instituto de Ciências Exatas e Naturais, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil.

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