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Current Status of Virtual Screening as Analysed by Target Class

[ Vol. 2 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Martin J. Stoermer   Pages 89 - 112 ( 24 )

Abstract:


In silico virtual screening for drug discovery has become a hot topic in medicinal chemistry research during the last 5 years, growing from a largely academic pursuit concerned principally with validating the methods used, to a major early-stage technique for lead discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. In this review we highlight a few recent successes in ligand docking associated with virtual screening, paying particular attention to four major target classes of pharmaceutical interest (G Protein-Coupled receptors, nuclear hormone receptors, kinases, proteases). We also discuss some emerging trends in the field, some common limitations, and how they are being overcome.

Keywords:

Virtual screening, docking, kinase, GPCR, protease, receptors, review

Affiliation:

Centre for Drug Design andDevelopment, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland,Brisbane, Qld, 4072, Australia.



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