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      Large-scale computational drug repositioning to find treatments for rare diseases


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          Rare, or orphan, diseases are conditions afflicting a small subset of people in a population. Although these disorders collectively pose significant health care problems, drug companies require government incentives to develop drugs for rare diseases due to extremely limited individual markets. Computer-aided drug repositioning, i.e., finding new indications for existing drugs, is a cheaper and faster alternative to traditional drug discovery offering a promising venue for orphan drug research. Structure-based matching of drug-binding pockets is among the most promising computational techniques to inform drug repositioning. In order to find new targets for known drugs ultimately leading to drug repositioning, we recently developed eMatchSite, a new computer program to compare drug-binding sites. In this study, eMatchSite is combined with virtual screening to systematically explore opportunities to reposition known drugs to proteins associated with rare diseases. The effectiveness of this integrated approach is demonstrated for a kinase inhibitor, which is a confirmed candidate for repositioning to synapsin Ia. The resulting dataset comprises 31,142 putative drug-target complexes linked to 980 orphan diseases. The modeling accuracy is evaluated against the structural data recently released for tyrosine-protein kinase HCK. To illustrate how potential therapeutics for rare diseases can be identified, we discuss a possibility to repurpose a steroidal aromatase inhibitor to treat Niemann-Pick disease type C. Overall, the exhaustive exploration of the drug repositioning space exposes new opportunities to combat orphan diseases with existing drugs. DrugBank/Orphanet repositioning data are freely available to research community at https://osf.io/qdjup/.

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                NPJ Syst Biol Appl
                NPJ Syst Biol Appl
                NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
                Nature Publishing Group UK (London )
                13 March 2018
                13 March 2018
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                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0001 0662 7451, GRID grid.64337.35, Department of Biological Sciences, , Louisiana State University, ; Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0001 0662 7451, GRID grid.64337.35, Division of Computer Science and Engineering, , Louisiana State University, ; Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
                [3 ]ISNI 0000 0001 0662 7451, GRID grid.64337.35, Center for Computation and Technology, , Louisiana State University, ; Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
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