Commentary Open Access
Volume 2 | Issue 1 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/Pharmacol.2.014

Beta-Sitosterol: As Immunostimulant, Antioxidant and Inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein

  • 1New Montfort Institute of Pharmacy, Ashti, Wardha, Maharashtra, India-442202
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Corresponding Author

Sharuk Khan, sharique.4u4@gmail.com

Received Date: July 31, 2020

Accepted Date: August 24, 2020


As an extension to our recently published research work in Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, entitled “Β-Sitosterol: Isolation from Muntingia Calabura Linn. Bark Extract, Structural Elucidation, and Molecular Docking Studies as Potential Inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 Mpro (COVID-19)”, we have investigated the role of β-sitosterol as immunostimulant, antioxidant and inhibitory potential against Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein with the aid of molecular docking. There are many studies which reveals the antioxidant and immune boosting role of β-sitosterol especially in viral infection including pneumoniae. This commentary emphasis on further potential of β-sitosterol in treatment of COVID-19 through molecular docking studies. We have targeted RBD of spike glycoprotein and performed molecular docking studies of β-sitosterol to find out its inhibitory potential of SARS-CoV-2. β-sitosterol have showed binding affinity - 7.8 kcal/mol with 0 RMSD lower and upper bound. It formed one hydrogen bond with Ala-B:419 with bond length of 2.16A0. β-sitosterol has formed five alkyl bonds with Pro-C:384 (5.0A0, 4.66A0, 5.23A0, 4.27A0) and with Lys-C:378 (4.66A0). From present commentary, we have concluded that β-sitosterol can be used to enhance immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as to restrict the viral invasion into the host cell through angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) by inhibiting spike glycoprotein. If we can increase the dietary intake of β-sitosterol and other phytosterols it can modulate the immunity which is todays need to face COVID-19.


 β-sitosterol, SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein, Molecular docking, 6VSB

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