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Data insights from a Moroccan phytochemical database (MPDB) derived from aromatic & medicinal plants



Lamiae Elkhattabi1,*, Salwa Zouhdi1, Fairouz Mousstead1, Karima Mohtadi1, Hassan Fougrach2, Wadi Badri2, Hassan Taki1, Anass Kettani1, Mohammed Talbi3 & Rachid SAILE1,*



1Laboratory of Biology and Health, Faculty of Sciences Ben M’Sik, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco; 2Laboratory of ecology and environment, Faculty of Sciences Ben M’Sik, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco; 3Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique et Moléculaire LCAM faculté des sciences Ben Msik, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco;



Lamiae Elkhattabi - E-mail: lamiae.elkhattabi-etu@etu.univh2c.ma & lamiaeelkhattabi@gmail.com

Salwa Zouhdi - E-mail: salwa.zouhdi-etu@etu.univh2c.ma

Fairouz Mousstead - E-mail: fairouz.moussetad-etu@etu.univh2c.ma

Karima Mohtadi - E-mail: karima.mohtadi-etu@etu.univh2c.ma

Hassan Fougrach - E-mail: hassan.fougrach@univh2c.ma

Wadi Badri - E-mail: wadi.badri@univh2c.ma

Hassan Taki - E-mail: hassan.taki@univh2c.ma

Anass Kettani - E-mail: anass.kettani@univh2c.ma

Mohammed Talbi - E-mail: talbi.uh2c@gmail.com

Rachid SAILE - E-mail: rachid.saile@univh2c.ma & sailerachid@yahoo.fr


Article Type

Research Article



Received December 1, 2023; Revised December 31, 2023; Accepted December 31, 2023, Published December 31, 2023



The geographical location of Morocco and the diversity of its topography ensure a high variability of climate conditions, ranging from humid to Saharan, and extending through subhumid, arid, and semi-arid stages. This variability offers a high floristic diversity, while the medical use of these phytochemicals has not been fully explored. Advanced computer-aided drug discovery utilizes chemical biology to accelerate the study of phytochemicals at the molecular level and discover novel therapeutic pathways. Currently, there is no online resource for phytochemicals in Morocco. Therefore, it is of interest to describe the Moroccan Phytochemicals Database (MPDB), accessible, featuring over 600 phytochemicals derived from journal articles and other reports. The web interface of the database, which is simple and easy to use, provides each phytochemical's reference, plant sources, 3D structures, and all related information. Furthermore, we provide direct links to commercially available analogs from Mcule. In addition, we provide the results of the first virtual screening against cardiovascular targets. We present these data to facilitate further exploration and exploitation of Morocco's rich phytochemical resources, and to contribute to the global understanding and application of these compounds in the medical and scientific communities.



aromatic and Moroccan plants, phytochemical database, virtual screening



Elkhattabi et al. Bioinformation 19(12): 1217-1224 (2023)


Edited by

P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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