A Computational Methodology to Overcome the Challenges Associated With the Search for Specific Enzyme Targets to Develop Drugs Against Leishmania major

Larissa Catharina, Carlyle Ribeiro Lima, Alexander Franca, Ana Carolina Ramos Guimarães, Marcelo Alves-Ferreira, Pierre Tuffery, Philippe Derreumaux, Nicolas Carels
  • Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, January 2017, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1177932217712471

A methodology for the search of specific enzyme targets for drug development against L. major

What is it about?

This report refers to a bioinformatic approach dedicated to the search of protein targets specific to a parasite (L. major) given its host (H. sapiens) in the enzyme space. The selection process is based on enzymatic commission numbers (EC) and show the care that must be given to avoid as much as possible interferences from false positives.

Why is it important?

The search of specific targets is an important activity of drug development and L. major is an important parasite in developing countries. L. major has been recognized to evolve resistance to clinically used drugs, which justify a continuous development.


Nicolas Carels (Author)
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

The targets proposed in this report still need to be confirmed by bench experimentation.

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