In silico docking analysis of selective bioactive compounds of Phyllanthus acidusaqueousfruit extractagainst MAPK1


  • E. Padmini
  • M. Kavitha



LCMS, docking, bioactive compounds, MAPK1, Autodock, PAFAE


Introduction and Aim: Phyllanthus acidus L.Skeels (Family: Phyllanthaceae) or Star Gooseberry which bears small, edible, juicy, sour, yellow berries fruit is known as a “liver tonic” in ayurvedic medicine. However, the behavior of the plant fruit or its constituents in cell apoptosis/cell survival is unknown. Hence, the purpose of thepresent study was to perform an in silico docking of selective bioactive compounds of aqueous extract of fruit of P.acidus (PAFAE) against MAPK1. Mitogen activated protein kinase is a family of serine threonine specific protein kinases- MAPK1/ERK1/2, JNK1-3, p38MAPK and ERK5.Activation ofMAPK1 promotes cell survival in certain tissues by inhibiting proapoptotic proteins and by stimulating anti apoptotic factors.


Methodology: In silico docking studies was carried out using bioinformatics tools.The active compounds (Trihomovitamin D3; 2Z,6Z,8Z,12E Hexadecatetraenoic acid, Methyl prednisolone, Hydroxysalmeterol and Tridesacetoxykhivorin) ofP.acidus aqueous fruit extract were docked against MAPK1 resulting in receptor-ligand complex.


Results: The binding energy is correlated with the probability of affinity and stable bound between ligand and its receptor.


Conclusion: The molecular docking study of selective bioactive compounds of PAFAE with MAPK1 protein revealed that Tridesacetoxykhivorinand Methyl Prednisolone, is having good interaction in favorable pose with MAPK1 as shownfrom theireffective binding energy(-7.79kcal/mol and -7.19 kcal/mol), strong bond length and interactions with active site of MAPK1.

Author Biographies

E. Padmini

Former Principal, Presidency College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

M. Kavitha

Department of Biochemistry, D.G.Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, Chennai 600106, Tamil Nadu, India


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Padmini E, Kavitha M. In silico docking analysis of selective bioactive compounds of Phyllanthus acidusaqueousfruit extractagainst MAPK1. Biomedicine [Internet]. 2021Sep.7 [cited 2021Sep.22];41(2):349-57. Available from: