Homology Modeling of 5-alpha-Reductase 2 Using Available Experimental Data

  • Jamal ShamsaraEmail author
Original Research Article


5-Alpha-reductase 2 is an interesting pharmaceutical target for the treatment of several diseases, including prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, male pattern baldness, acne, and hirsutism. One of the main approaches in computer aided drug design is structure-based drug discovery. However, the experimental 3D structure of 5-alpha-reductase 2 is not available at present. Therefore, a homology modeling method and molecular dynamics simulation were used to develop a reliable model of 5-alpha-reductase 2 for inhibitor pose prediction and virtual screening. Despite the low sequence identity between the target and template sequences, a useful 3D model of 5-alpha-reductase 2 was generated by the inclusion of experimental data.


5-Alpha-reductase Computational aided drug design Homology modeling Molecular dynamics Virtual screening 



This work is supported in part by a Grant (BS-1394-01-02) from the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran. The authors gratefully acknowledge the Sheikh Bahaei National High Performance Computing Center (SBNHPCC) for providing computing facilities. SBNHPCC is supported by the Scientific and Technological Department of Presidential Office and Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Iran.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmaceutical Research Center, Pharmaceutical Technology InstituteMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesInstitute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)TehranIran

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