Discovering Synergistic Drug Combination from a Computational Perspective

Author(s): Pingjian Ding, Jiawei Luo*, Cheng Liang, Qiu Xiao, Buwen Cao, Guanghui Li

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 18 , Issue 12 , 2018

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Synergistic drug combinations play an important role in the treatment of complex diseases. The identification of effective drug combination is vital to further reduce the side effects and improve therapeutic efficiency. In previous years, in vitro method has been the main route to discover synergistic drug combinations. However, many limitations of time and resource consumption lie within the in vitro method. Therefore, with the rapid development of computational models and the explosive growth of large and phenotypic data, computational methods for discovering synergistic drug combinations are an efficient and promising tool and contribute to precision medicine. It is the key of computational methods how to construct the computational model. Different computational strategies generate different performance. In this review, the recent advancements in computational methods for predicting effective drug combination are concluded from multiple aspects. First, various datasets utilized to discover synergistic drug combinations are summarized. Second, we discussed feature-based approaches and partitioned these methods into two classes including feature-based methods in terms of similarity measure, and feature-based methods in terms of machine learning. Third, we discussed network-based approaches for uncovering synergistic drug combinations. Finally, we analyzed and prospected computational methods for predicting effective drug combinations.

Keywords: Synergistic drug combinations, Computational methods, Feature, Similarity measure, Machine learning, Network.

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Year: 2018
Page: [965 - 974]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1568026618666180330141804
Price: $65

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