PubMed 25485305

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.1

Title: Protein-Protein Interactions as New Targets for Ion Channel Drug Discovery.

Authors: Svetla Stoilova-McPhie, Syed Ali, Fernanda Laezza

Journal, date & volume: Austin J Pharmacol Ther, 2013 Dec 31 , 1,

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Protein-protein interactions (PPI) are key molecular elements that provide the basis of signaling in virtually all cellular processes. The precision and specificity of these molecular interactions have ignited a strong interest in pursuing PPI surfaces as new targets for drug discovery, especially against ion channels in the central nervous system (CNS) where selectivity and specificity are vital for developing drugs with limited side effects. Ion channels are large transmembrane domain proteins assembled with multiple regulatory proteins binding to the intracellular portion of channels. These macromolecular complexes are difficult to isolate, purify and reconstitute, posing a significant barrier in targeting these PPI for drug discovery purposes. Here, we will provide a short overview of salient features of PPI and discuss successful studies focusing on protein-channel interactions that could inspire new drug discovery campaigns targeting ion channel complexes.