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Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: Ten Years of Docking Studies

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 20 ]


Giulio Ferino, Santiago Vilar, Maria J. Matos, Eugenio Uriarte and Enzo Cadoni   Pages 2145 - 2162 ( 18 )


The number of papers dealing with the structure-based drug design is continuously growing, which demonstrates the importance of such tools in medicinal chemistry. In the current paper, the published literature concerning the use of the ligand-protein docking methodologies in the study of the monoamine oxidase (MAO) enzymes was reviewed. Ten years of studies aimed at developing new compounds active as MAO inhibitors (MAOIs) were covered. The literature regarding thiazole, caffeine, pyrazole, chromone, indeno-pyridazin, β-carboline, indole, coumarin, anilide and amphetamine derivatives, was discussed in some detail. It is apparent that, through this computational approach, more selective and potent molecules can be proposed as inhibitors by applying precise modifications on the basic scaffold.


Docking calculations, structure based drug design, monoamine oxidase, MAO binding site, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, structural water molecules, X-ray structure


Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Complesso Univeristario di Monserrato, S.S. 554, I-09042 Monserrato (Cagliari), Italy.

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