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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Protein-protein Interfaces Integrated into Interaction Networks: Implications on Drug Design

Author(s): Gozde Kar, Guray Kuzu, Ozlem Keskin and Attila Gursoy

Volume 18, Issue 30, 2012

Page: [4697 - 4705] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/138161212802651643

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The growing perception that diseases are often consequences of multiple molecular abnormalities rather than being the result of a single defect highlights the importance of network-centric view in therapeutic approaches. Protein interaction networks may contribute to understanding of disease, assist in drug design and discovery. Here, we review some recent advances in disease-associated protein interaction networks taking a structural approach. We first describe structural aspects of protein-protein interactions and properties of protein interfaces as related to drug design; we address protein interactions in a network perspective; in particular, we illustrate how integrating protein interfaces onto interaction networks can guide the identification of selective drug targets or drugs targeting multiple proteins in a network.

Keywords: Protein-protein interfaces, protein interaction networks, drug design, drug targets, binding site, interfacial residues, transient, amino acid, Glycine, Cystine-Cystine.

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