Black pepper may hold the key for Corona fighting drug: Study

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A team of Indian scientists has claimed to have identified black pepper, the everyday kitchen spice, as a possible candidate for developing a drug against the novel coronavirus disease.



  • A computational study conducted by the researchers from the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad has found that Piperine found in black pepper, can bind and inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease.
  • Umakanta Tripathy, team leader, said SARS-CoV-2, like any other virus, uses the proteins on its surface to enter into the cells of the human body. He and his team looked for natural compounds that could bind to these proteins and stop the virus from entering human cells.
  • They used computer-based techniques such as molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation to hunt for potential inhibitors.
  • They selected 30 molecules present in common kitchen spices and explored their role as a therapeutic agent. Out of these, Piperine, an alkaloid present in pepper and responsible for its pungency, emerged as a strong deterrent of the virus proteins.
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