Improving attrition rates in Ebola virus drug discovery
Veljković, Nevena V.
Perović, Vladimir R.
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Introduction: The Ebola 2014/2015 outbreak has had devastating effects on the people living in West Africa. The spread of the disease in endemic countries and the potential introduction of sporadic cases in other continents points out the global health threat of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Despite the urgent need for treating EVD, there are no approved treatments. Given the lack of treatments available, alternative therapeutic strategies have had to be used. Areas covered: This article summarizes the unregistered therapeutics that were used to treat patients during the Ebola 2014/2015 outbreak, in addition to approaches used for the selection of candidate drugs. The article also proposes potential theoretical criterion for use in virtual screening of molecular libraries for candidate Ebola drugs. Expert opinion: In the absence of approved therapeutics for EVD, experimental drugs have had to be used. The repurposing of approved drugs for the treatment of EVD, as an alternative therapeuti...c strategy, has also been suggested. Screening in vitro- and in sllico-approved drugs revealed several promising candidates but further testing is required to test their efficacy. All these therapeutic approaches are, however, only short-term solutions and there is still an urgent need for the development of specific drugs for the current and future outbreaks.
Кључне речи:drug discovery / Ebola virus / virtual screening
Извор:Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, 2015, 10, 9, 1025-1032
- Примена EIIP/ISM биоинформатичке платформе у откривању нових терапеутских таргета и потенцијалних терапеутских молекула (RS-173001)
ISSN: 1746-0441 (print); 1746-045X (electronic)