Mini Review Open Access
Volume 5 | Issue 1 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/Pharmacol.4.043

From Data to Knowledge: A Mini-Review on Molecular Network Modeling and Analysis for Therapeutic Target Discovery

  • 1Bay Area Institute of Science, Altos Labs, Redwood City, CA 94065, USA
  • 2Advanced Technologies for Novel Therapeutics (ATNT), Millburn, NJ, 07041, USA
  • 3Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
  • 4Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
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Corresponding Author

Ali Abdi, ali.abdi@njit.edu

Received Date: June 16, 2023

Accepted Date: June 28, 2023


Successful drug development is a risky and lengthy process that can take over ten years and consume billions of dollars. Target discovery is a critical stage of drug development for the identification of key molecules and pathways that can be targeted by novel therapeutics to find more effective treatments. Due to the rapid development in artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques over the past decade, computational approaches have now emerged as powerful tools to unravel complex interactions within biological systems to identify novel therapeutic targets. In particular, modeling and analysis of intracellular molecular networks play a pivotal role in target discovery by enabling researchers to efficiently and simultaneously navigate massive amounts of biological data to identify potential therapeutic targets. Such technologies can significantly accelerate the prolonged process of development of innovative therapies for complex diseases. Besides highlighting the findings of the recently introduced extreme signaling failures in intracellular molecular networks, here we briefly review various methods for modeling and analysis of intracellular molecular networks and discuss how they can be utilized to predict potential drug targets within such complex signaling systems. Overall, this review emphasizes the significance of modeling and analysis of molecular networks for fast-tracking and rapid discovery of novel therapeutic targets; to pave the way for the development of more effective treatments.

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