Systems Biology: A Powerful Tool for Drug Development

Author(s): Sneha Rai, Utkarsh Raj, Pritish Kumar Varadwaj*

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 18 , Issue 20 , 2018

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The conventional way of characterizing a disease consists of correlating clinical symptoms with pathological findings. Although this approach for many years has assisted clinicians in establishing syndromic patterns for pathophenotypes, it has major limitations as it does not consider preclinical disease states and is unable to individualize medicine. Moreover, the complexity of disease biology is the major challenge in the development of effective and safe medicines. Therefore, the process of drug development must consider biological responses in both pathological and physiological conditions. Consequently, a quantitative and holistic systems biology approach could aid in understanding complex biological systems by providing an exceptional platform to integrate diverse data types with molecular as well as pathway information, leading to development of predictive models for complex diseases. Furthermore, an increase in knowledgebase of proteins, genes, metabolites from high-throughput experimental data accelerates hypothesis generation and testing in disease models. The systems biology approach also assists in predicting drug effects, repurposing of existing drugs, identifying new targets, facilitating development of personalized medicine and improving decision making and success rate of new drugs in clinical trials.

Keywords: Network models, Dynamical models, Biomarkers, Drug repurposing, Drug combinations, CVD.

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Year: 2018
Page: [1745 - 1754]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1568026618666181025113226
Price: $65

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