Theoretical Studies on Azaindoles as Human Aurora B Kinase Inhibitors: Docking, Pharmacophore and ADMET Studies

  • Rajashekar Vadlakonda
  • Raghunandan Nerella
  • Sreenivas Enaganti
Original Research Article


Aurora kinases are the cell cycle mitotic regulators processing multiple functions during cell division. Altered mechanism of these mitotic kinases may contribute to genomic instability that is most often correlated with tumorigenesis, which has been reported in many human cancers. Selective blockage of the aberrantly expressed Aurora kinases has the potential therapeutic assessment to control the deregulated cell cycle machinery and their associated risks of cancer. Using a combination of docking-, ligand- and structure-based pharmacophore strategies, in the present study, we have tried to predict the anticancer potentiality of our synthesized compounds (A1 to A5 and B1 to B9) against human Aurora B kinase. The results revealed that among all the compounds, compound B7 may act as a best candidate to be an agent of the high binding affinity with a score of 113.464 kcal/mol and good pharmacophoric features with acceptable fit values of both ligand- and structure-based pharmacophore models. Consequently, ADMET properties are also calculated to predict the safer efficacy of the compounds.


Aurora kinases Cancer Cell cycle Docking Genomic stability Pharmacophore 



We would like to thank Dr. Sarangapani, Principal of Kakatiya University, for the support of this work.

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The authors confirm that this article content has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajashekar Vadlakonda
    • 1
  • Raghunandan Nerella
    • 2
  • Sreenivas Enaganti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical ChemistryVikas College of PharmacyJangaon, WarangalIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical ChemistryBalaji Institute of Pharmaceutical SciencesLaknepally, Narsampet, WarangalIndia
  3. 3.Department of BioinformaticsAverinbiotechHyderabadIndia

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