In Silico Analysis of Novel Bacterial Metabolites with Anticancer Activities

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Resistance to anticancer therapeutics is a major global concern. Thus, new anticancer agents should be aimed against novel protein targets to effectively mitigate the increased resistance. This study evaluated the potential of secondary metabolites from a bacterial endophyte, as new anticancer agents, against a novel protein target, fibroblast growth factor. In silico genomic characterization of the Bacillus sp. strain MHSD_37 was used to identify potential genes involved in encoding secondary metabolites with biological activity. The strain was also exposed to stress and liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry used for the identification and annotation of secondary metabolites of oligopeptide class with anticancer activity. Selected metabolites were evaluated for their anticancer activity through molecular docking and Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and Toxicity (ADMET) properties analysis. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that strain MHSD_37 shared close evolutionary relationships with Bacillus at the species level, with no identified relationships at the sub-species level. Both in silico genomic characterization and spectrometry analysis identified secondary metabolites with potential anticancer activity. Molecular docking analysis illustrated that the metabolites formed complexes with the target protein, fibroblast growth factor, which were stabilized by hydrogen bonds. Moreover, the ADMET analysis showed that the metabolites passed the toxicity test for use as a potential drug. Thereby, Bacillus sp. strain MHSD_37 is a potential novel strain with oligopeptide metabolites that can be used as new anticancer agents against novel protein targets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • anticancer
  • bacterial endophytes
  • oligopeptides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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