Drug-Target Networks & Polypharmacology

I came across Takigawa et al where they address polypharmacology by investigating drug-target pairs.  Their approach is to simultaneously identify substructures from the ligand and subsequences from the target and combine this information to suggest drug-target pairs that represent some form of polypharmacology.  More specifically their hypothesis is that “polypharmacological principles” are embedded in a […]

What Has Cheminformatics Done for You Lately?

Recently there have been two papers asking whether cheminformatics or virtual screening in general, have really helped drug discovery, in terms of lead discovery. The first paper from Muchmore et al focuses on the utility of various cheminformatics tools in drug discovery.  Their report is retrospective in nature where they note that while much research […]

Kinase Inhibitors and Polypharmacology

The Curious Wavefunction has a nice post on the issue of selective and non-selective kinase inhibitors. An interesting commentary, especially in the light of the recent paper on network polypharmcology. While there have been a number of papers on polypharmcology and the idea itself is very attractive, it has seemed to me that for this […]