Montreal, Canada – (ACCESSWIRE) – Sunshine Biopharma Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: “SBFM”), a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of aggressive forms of cancer today announced that it has filed a patent application in the United States for a new treatment for Coronavirus infections, including COVID-19. Sunshine’s patent application covers composition subject matter pertaining to small molecules for inhibition of the main Coronavirus protease (Mpro), an enzyme that is essential for viral replication. The small molecules covered by the patent application were computer modelled and designed by Dr. Steve N. Slilaty, CEO of Sunshine Biopharma. The patent application has a priority date of May 22, 2020.
“The causative agent of the current COVID-19 global pandemic is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), one of several strains of Coronavirus capable of infecting humans and causing serious illness. SARS-CoV-2 produces several functional proteins in infected human cells by cleaving them from two overlapping viral ‘polyproteins,’ pp1a and pp1ab. One of these functional proteins is a cysteine protease referred to as the main protease (Mpro, also called 3CLpro and nsp5). Mpro cleaves the viral ‘polyproteins’ at a number of specific sites thereby generating a multi-subunit protein complex termed ‘viral replicase-transcriptase’. Because of its functional indispensability in viral replication, Mpro is an attractive drug target for the development of a treatment for COVID-19 and other Coronavirus infections,” said Dr. Slilaty.
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