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      A Structure-Based Drug Discovery Paradigm


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          Structure-based drug design is becoming an essential tool for faster and more cost-efficient lead discovery relative to the traditional method. Genomic, proteomic, and structural studies have provided hundreds of new targets and opportunities for future drug discovery. This situation poses a major problem: the necessity to handle the “big data” generated by combinatorial chemistry. Artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning play a pivotal role in the analysis and systemization of larger data sets by statistical machine learning methods. Advanced AI-based sophisticated machine learning tools have a significant impact on the drug discovery process including medicinal chemistry. In this review, we focus on the currently available methods and algorithms for structure-based drug design including virtual screening and de novo drug design, with a special emphasis on AI- and deep-learning-based methods used for drug discovery.

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                Int J Mol Sci
                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                06 June 2019
                June 2019
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                Department of Molecular Science and Technology, Ajou University, Suwon 16499, Korea; mariabatool.28@ 123456gmail.com (M.B.); bilalpharma77@ 123456gmail.com (B.A.)
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                [* ]Correspondence: sangdunchoi@ 123456ajou.ac.kr ; Tel.: +82-31-219-2600; Fax: +82-31-219-1615
                © 2019 by the authors.

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