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Current Drug Targets

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ISSN (Print): 1389-4501
ISSN (Online): 1873-5592

Bioinformatics Tools for Screening of Antiparasitic Drugs

Author(s): Walter Filgueira de Azevedo Junior, Raquel Dias, Luis Fernando Saraiva Macedo Timmers, Ivani Pauli, Rafael Andrade Caceres and Milena Botelho Pereira Soares

Volume 10, Issue 3, 2009

Page: [232 - 239] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/138945009787581122

Price: $65

Abstract

Drug development has become the Holy Grail of many structural bionformatics groups. The explosion of information about protein structures, ligand-binding affinity, parasite genome projects, and biological activity of millions of molecules opened the possibility to correlate this scattered information in order to generate reliable computational models to predict the likelihood of being able to modulate a target with a small-molecule drug. Computational methods have shown their potential in drug discovery and development allied with in vitro and in vivo methodologies. The present review discusses the main bioinformatics tools available for drug discovery and development.

Keywords: Virtual screening, protein-ligand, docking, empirical scoring function, protein target, drug development, in silico screening


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