A side-effect free method for identifying cancer drug targets

Ashraf, Md. Izhar and Ong, Seng Kai * and Mujawar, Shama * and Pawar, Shrikant and More, Pallavi and Somnath, Paul and Lahiri, Chandrajit * (2018) A side-effect free method for identifying cancer drug targets. Scientific Reports, 8 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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Identifying efective drug targets, with little or no side efects, remains an ever challenging task. A potential pitfall of failing to uncover the correct drug targets, due to side efect of pleiotropic genes, might lead the potential drugs to be illicit and withdrawn. Simplifying disease complexity, for the investigation of the mechanistic aspects and identifcation of efective drug targets, have been done through several approaches of protein interactome analysis. Of these, centrality measures have always gained importance in identifying candidate drug targets. Here, we put forward an integrated method of analysing a complex network of cancer and depict the importance of k-core, functional connectivity and centrality (KFC) for identifying efective drug targets. Essentially, we have extracted the proteins involved in the pathways leading to cancer from the pathway databases which enlist real experimental datasets. The interactions between these proteins were mapped to build an interactome. Integrative analyses of the interactome enabled us to unearth plausible reasons for drugs being rendered withdrawn, thereby giving future scope to pharmaceutical industries to potentially avoid them (e.g. ESR1, HDAC2, F2, PLG, PPARA, RXRA, etc). Based upon our KFC criteria, we have shortlisted ten proteins (GRB2, FYN, PIK3R1, CBL, JAK2, LCK, LYN, SYK, JAK1 and SOCS3) as efective candidates for drug development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Biological Sciences moved to SMLS wef 2021
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 06:57
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 09:05
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/899

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