Int J Biol Sci 2008; 4(1):15-22. doi:10.7150/ijbs.4.15

Research Paper

Quantitative analysis on the characteristics of targets with FDA approved drugs

Meena K. Sakharkar1, 2, Peng Li1, Zhaowei Zhong1, Kishore R. Sakharkar2

1. ADAMs Lab, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2. Biopharmaceutical Engineering Cluster, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Accumulated knowledge of genomic information, systems biology, and disease mechanisms provide an unprecedented opportunity to elucidate the genetic basis of diseases, and to discover new and novel therapeutic targets from the wealth of genomic data. With hundreds to a few thousand potential targets available in the human genome alone, target selection and validation has become a critical component of drug discovery process. The explorations on quantitative characteristics of the currently explored targets (those without any marketed drug) and successful targets (targeted by at least one marketed drug) could help discern simple rules for selecting a putative successful target. Here we use integrative in silico (computational) approaches to quantitatively analyze the characteristics of 133 targets with FDA approved drugs and 3120 human disease genes (therapeutic targets) not targeted by FDA approved drugs. This is the first attempt to comparatively analyze targets with FDA approved drugs and targets with no FDA approved drug or no drugs available for them. Our results show that proteins with 5 or fewer number of homologs outside their own family, proteins with single-exon gene architecture and proteins interacting with more than 3 partners are more likely to be targetable. These quantitative characteristics could serve as criteria to search for promising targetable disease genes.

Keywords: Target, drug, disease, homologs, Pfam, tissue, protein-protein interactions, FDA

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Sakharkar MK, Li P, Zhong Z, Sakharkar KR. Quantitative analysis on the characteristics of targets with FDA approved drugs. Int J Biol Sci 2008; 4(1):15-22. doi:10.7150/ijbs.4.15. Available from