Special Issue "Allosteric Modulators"
A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2014)
Dr. Marlene A. Jacobson
Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research, Temple University School Of Pharmacy, 3307 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
Interests: allosteric modulators of G-protein coupled receptors including muscarinic and metabotropic glutamate receptors
Recent advancements in the discovery of allosteric modulators for G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and kinases have revolutionized drug discovery and development. While most currently marketed drugs bind to the orthosteric site for the endogenous ligand, allosteric modulators bind to topographically distinct sites. Orthosteric sites are in general highly conserved across protein superfamilies and identification of highly selective ligands is challenging. Targeting allosteric sites on GPCRs and kinases has emerged as a successful strategy for identification of highly selective ligands with therapeutic utility for the treatment of disease states which previously could not be addressed due to inability to identify subtype selective ligands. In recent years, the discovery of GPCR allosteric modulators as treatments for CNS disorders including schizophrenia, Fragile X and Alzheimer’s disease and allosteric inhibitors for kinases have advanced into clinical development. This special issue invites original research including review articles on the pharmacology, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry of allosteric modulators including assay development and screening technologies, mechanism of action, structural features of binding sites and clinical research and development.
Dr. Marlene A. Jacobson
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- allosteric modulation
- drug discovery
- G protein coupled receptors
- positive allosteric modulator
- negative allosteric modulator
- allosteric inhibitor
- bitopic ligand