Fuzzy drug targets: disordered proteins in the drug-discovery realm

Saurabh, Suman and Nadendla, Karthik and Purohit, Shubh Sanket and Ponnurengam Malliappan, Sivakumar and Çetinel, Sibel (2023) Fuzzy drug targets: disordered proteins in the drug-discovery realm. ACS Omega, 8 (11). pp. 9729-9747. ISSN 2470-1343

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Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) and regions (IDRs) form a large part of the eukaryotic proteome. Contrary to the structure-function paradigm, the disordered proteins perform a myriad of functions in vivo. Consequently, they are involved in various disease pathways and are plausible drug targets. Unlike folded proteins, that have a defined structure and well carved out drug-binding pockets that can guide lead molecule selection, the disordered proteins require alternative drug-development methodologies that are based on an acceptable picture of their conformational ensemble. In this review, we discuss various experimental and computational techniques that contribute toward understanding IDP “structure” and describe representative pursuances toward IDP-targeting drug development. We also discuss ideas on developing rational drug design protocols targeting IDPs.
Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Biological Sciences & Bio Eng.
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center
Depositing User: Sibel Çetinel
Date Deposited: 11 May 2023 11:26
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 11:26
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/45539

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