Neurochemical Research

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1475–1482 | Cite as

Kinetics and Molecular Docking Study of an Anti-diabetic Drug Glimepiride as Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor: Implication for Alzheimer’s Disease-Diabetes Dual Therapy

  • Syed Mohd. Danish Rizvi
  • Sibhghatulla Shaikh
  • Deeba Naaz
  • Shazi Shakil
  • Adnan Ahmad
  • Mohd. Haneef
  • Adel M. Abuzenadah
Original Paper


At the present time, treatment of two most common degenerative disorders of elderly population i.e., Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a major concern worldwide. As there are several evidences that proved strong linkages between these two disorders, the idea of using dual therapeutic agent for both the diseases might be considered as a good initiative. Earlier reports have revealed that oral anti-diabetic drugs such as peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) agonists (thiazolidinediones) when used in T2DM patients suffering from AD showed improved memory and cognition. However, the underlying mechanism still needs to be deciphered. Therefore, the present study was carried out to find whether glimepiride, an oral antidiabetic drug which is a PPARγ agonist could inhibit the activity of acetylcholine esterase (AChE) enzyme. Actually, AChE inhibitors seize the breakdown of acetylcholine which forms the main therapeutic strategy for AD. Here, glimepiride showed dose dependent inhibitory activity against AChE enzyme with IC50 value of 235 μM. Kinetic analysis showed competitive inhibition, which was verified by in silico docking studies. Glimepiride was found to interact with AChE enzyme at the same locus as that of substrate acetylcholine iodide (AChI). Interestingly, amino acid residues, Q71, Y72, V73, D74, W86, N87, Y124, S125, W286, F295, F297, Y337, F338 and Y341 of AChE were found to be common for ‘glimepiride–AChE interaction’ as well as ‘AChI–AChE interaction’. Thus the present computational and kinetics study concludes that glimepiride and other thiazolidinediones derivatives could form the basis of future dual therapy against diabetes associated neurological disorders.


Alzheimer’s disease Acetylcholinesterase Acetylcholine iodide Competitive inhibition Glimepiride Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 



Shaikh S is supported by INSPIRE grant from Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, India (Grant Number: IF130056), which is sincerely acknowledged. Shazi Shakil thanks all of the staff of Center of Innovation in Personalized Medicine (CIPM), King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia for continued support.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Mohd. Danish Rizvi
    • 1
  • Sibhghatulla Shaikh
    • 1
  • Deeba Naaz
    • 2
  • Shazi Shakil
    • 3
    • 4
  • Adnan Ahmad
    • 2
  • Mohd. Haneef
    • 2
  • Adel M. Abuzenadah
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesIntegral UniversityLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Department of BioengineeringIntegral UniversityLucknowIndia
  3. 3.KACST Technology Innovation Center for Personalized MedicineKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Applied Medical SciencesKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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