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Feb 2023 Issue

Lead Drug Discover Strategies from Natural Medicines Based on Network Pharmacology

Published on Feb 28, 2023




The need for therapeutics to overcome development of existing diseases research to discover new lead agents. In the face of public health challenges worldwide, natural medicines play a pivotal role in innovative lead drug discovery. Network pharmacology can easily construct complicated poly-pharmacology network based on lead compound, biological function, and bioactive target proteins, which meets the overall feature of natural medicines, and enable to elucidate the action mechanism at molecule-protein level with systematic view. In this work, we first summarized the recent progress delineating lead drug development and its interaction with natural medicines. Second, we focused on the relationship between natural medicines and network pharmacology. Additionally, we discussed current issues and potential prospects for the lead drug discover from natural medicines by network pharmacology. Further investigations should be focus on relevant structural analysis for biological experiment, also the dynamic and quantitative network development. In summary, it is a rational approach for innovative lead drug discovery, and with the development of structure and biology research, this approach makes it a very powerful method for the lead molecules in a high-throughput manner from a comprehensive and powerful special multi-compound to target protein/disease poly pharmacology network.

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Shitang Ma, Naidong Chen, Jiafu Hou, Shijuan Liu, Fucheng Zhu, Peipei Wei, Chengtao Feng

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