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This research explores the potential of natural product-like caffeine derivatives as dual inhibitors of MAO-B and AA2AR for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The article uses in silico methods to screen and evaluate the binding affinity and selectivity of the compounds. The article also provides some insights into the molecular interactions and mechanisms of action of the inhibitors.

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This research aims to find novel natural products that can act as dual-target inhibitors for two key enzymes involved in Parkinson’s disease: MAO-B and AA2AR. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and has no cure. By using a combination of substructure search, virtual screening, ADMET prediction, and molecular dynamics simulations, we identified several caffeine-containing natural products that showed promising binding affinity and selectivity for both MAO-B and AA2AR1. These compounds may have potential as antiparkinsonian drugs with fewer side effects and higher efficacy than the current treatments. The research also provides valuable insight into the structural features and interactions that are important for the dual-target activity of these natural products.


The present discoveries may redirect attention toward compounds derived from natural sources, opening the door for the further refinement of caffeine derivatives. This optimization process could lead to the development of a successful dual-target-directed drug, effectively managing and arresting neuronal damage in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Yassir Boulaamane

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This page is a summary of: In silico studies of natural product-like caffeine derivatives as potential MAO-B inhibitors/AA2AR antagonists for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics, September 2022, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/jib-2021-0027.
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