Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is the preferred anti-viral drug employed to fight the flu virus in infected individuals. The principal target for this drug is a virus surface glycoprotein, neuraminidase (NA), which facilitates the release of nascent virus and thus spreads infections. Until recently, only a low prevalence of neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) resistance (<1 %) had been detected in circulating viruses. However, there have been reports of significant numbers of A (H1N1) influenza strains with a H274Y neuraminidase mutation that was highly resistant to the NAI, oseltamivir. In this study, we highlight the effect of point mutation-induced oseltamivir resistance in H1N1 subtype neuraminidases by molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation approach. Our results suggested that wild-type NA could be more indispensable for the oseltamivir binding, as characterized by minimum number of H-bonds, high flexibility and largest binding affinity than mutant-type NA. This study throws light on the possible effects of drug-resistant mutations on the large functionally important collective motions in biological systems. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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