Exploiting Existing Molecular Scaffolds for Long-Term COVID Treatment

Krishna Kumar, Tania J. Lupoli

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Discovery and development of COVID-19 prophylactics and treatments remains a global imperative. This perspective provides an overview of important molecular pathways involved in the viral life cycle of SARS-CoV-2, the infectious agent of COVID-19. We highlight past and recent findings in essential coronavirus proteins, including RNA polymerase machinery, proteases, and fusion proteins, that offer opportunities for the design of novel inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 infection. By discussing the current inventory of viral inhibitors, we identify molecular scaffolds that may be improved by medicinal chemistry efforts for effective therapeutics to treat current and future coronavirus-caused diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1360
Number of pages4
JournalACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 9 2020


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • antivirals
  • fusion
  • protease
  • replication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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