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      Identification of PPARγ ligands with One-dimensional Drug Profile Matching

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          Computational molecular database screening helps to decrease the time and resources needed for drug development. Reintroduction of generic drugs by second medical use patents also contributes to cheaper and faster drug development processes. We screened, in silico, the Food and Drug Administration-approved generic drug database by means of the One-dimensional Drug Profile Matching (oDPM) method in order to find potential peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) agonists. The PPARγ action of the selected generics was also investigated by in vitro and in vivo experiments.

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          The in silico oDPM method was used to determine the binding potency of 1,255 generics to 149 proteins collected. In vitro PPARγ activation was determined by measuring fatty acid-binding protein 4/adipocyte protein gene expression in a Mono Mac 6 cell line. The in vivo insulin sensitizing effect of the selected compound (nitazoxanide; 50–200 mg/kg/day over 8 days; n = 8) was established in type 2 diabetic rats by hyperinsulinemic euglycemic glucose clamping.


          After examining the closest neighbors of each of the reference set’s members and counting their most abundant neighbors, ten generic drugs were selected with oDPM. Among them, four enhanced fatty acid-binding protein/adipocyte protein gene expression in the Mono Mac 6 cell line, but only bromfenac and nitazoxanide showed dose-dependent actions. Induction by nitazoxanide was higher than by bromfenac. Nitazoxanide lowered fasting blood glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetic rats.


          We demonstrated that the oDPM method can predict previously unknown therapeutic effects of generic drugs. Nitazoxanide can be the prototype chemical structure of the new generation of insulin sensitizers.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                02 September 2013
                : 7
                : 917-928
                [1 ]Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary
                [2 ]Drugmotif, Ltd, Veresegyház, Hungary
                [3 ]Printnet, Ltd, Budapest, Hungary
                [4 ]Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
                [5 ]Molecular Biophysics Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
                [6 ]Cera-Med Ltd, Debrecen-Józsa, Hungary
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                Correspondence: Barna Peitl, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Debrecen, H-4032, Nagyerdei Boulevard 98, Debrecen, Hungary, Tel +36 52 411 717 560 109, Fax +36 52 427 899, Email barna.peitl@ 123456gmail.com
                © 2013 Kovács et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Ltd, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

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