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4th Edition of World Congress on Infectious Diseases

June 21-22, 2023 | Rome, Italy

June 21 -22, 2023 | Rome, Italy
Infection 2023

Varshita Srivastava

Speaker at World Congress on Infectious Diseases 2023 - Varshita Srivastava
Central University of Rajasthan, India
Title : Identification of FDA-approved drugs with triple targeting mode of action for the treatment of monkeypox: A high throughput virtual screening study


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of August 23, 94 countries had confirmed 42,954 Monkeypox Virus cases. As specific monkeypox drugs are not yet developed, the treatment depends on repurposed FDA-approved drugs. According to a recent study, the Monkeypox outbreak is caused by a strain with a unique mutation, raising the likelihood that the virus will develop resistance to current drugs by acquiring mutations in the targets of currently used drugs. The probability of multiple mutations in two or more drug targets at a time is always low than mutation in a single drug target. Therefore, we identified 15 triple-targeting FDA-approved drugs that can inhibit three viral targets, including topoisomerase1, p37, and thymidylate kinase, using high throughput virtual screening approach. Further, the molecular dynamics simulation analysis of the top hits such as Naldemedine and Saquinavir with their respective targets reveals the formation of stable conformational changes of the ligand-protein complexes inside the dynamic biological environment. We suggest further research on these triple-targeting molecules to develop an effective therapy for the currently spreading Monkeypox.

Audience take away: 

From a presentation entitled "Identification of FDA-approved drugs with triple targeting mode of action for the treatment of Monkeypox: a high throughput virtual screening study," the audience will learn about the methodology used to identify potential drugs for the treatment of Monkeypox. Specifically, they will learn about the use of high throughput virtual screening, which involves using computational techniques to screen a large number of compounds and identify those that are most likely to be effective against the virus. They will also learn about the use of molecular dynamics simulation analysis to further evaluate the potential of top hits.

The audience will also learn about the significance of triple-targeting pharmaceuticals in treating not just monkeypox but also other diseases that are difficult to treat owing to a lack of particular medications and the possibility of the virus developing resistance to already available medications. Students will also hear about the possibility of using already FDA-approved medications to treat monkeypox, which might hasten the creation of efficient treatments. The talk will give an overview of the ongoing research being done to find new therapies for monkeypox.


Varshita Srivastava is a second-year PhD student in the lab named, 'The Infectious Disease Research Laboratory,' at the Central University of Rajasthan. After passing three levels of screening on September 15, 2021, she was enrolled in the class of 2021. Varshita has been actively participating in several research projects in my lab since then, and during the covid epidemic, she worked with our team and owned a co authorship in the paper entitled-. “Identification of antiviral peptide inhibitors for receptor binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 omicron and its sub-variants: an in-silico approach” During the Monkeypox endemic, she successfully led a group and submitted her findings in the article entitled “Identification of FDA-approved drugs with triple targeting mode of action for the treatment of Monkeypox: a high throughput virtual screening study” and the draft after the first revision has already been submitted. Moreover, her second research work is under review, showing her research dedication. Varshita is a highly passionate, committed, ambitious, and creative girl. She is energetic, unique, diligent, motivated, industrious, and always eager to acquire new knowledge. Her zest for learning and for her career is inspiring. She has actively engaged in many departmental activities, conferences, and training since the beginning of her PhD degree. She works on multi-targeting medications to treat malaria and other infectious diseases. This demonstrates her significant interest in understanding the causes of the rapid epidemic as well as methods to control and deal with such acute catastrophes. These characteristics and her enthusiasm make her a viable option for your event.