An Updated Review on Developing Small Molecule Kinase Inhibitors Using Computer-Aided Drug Design Approaches

LW Li and ST Liu and B Wang and F Liu and S Xu and PR Li and Y Chen, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 24, 13953 (2023).

DOI: 10.3390/ijms241813953

Small molecule kinase inhibitors (SMKIs) are of heightened interest in the field of drug research and development. There are 79 (as of July 2023) small molecule kinase inhibitors that have been approved by the FDA and hundreds of kinase inhibitor candidates in clinical trials that have shed light on the treatment of some major diseases. As an important strategy in drug design, computer-aided drug design (CADD) plays an indispensable role in the discovery of SMKIs. CADD methods such as docking, molecular dynamic, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics, pharmacophore, virtual screening, and quantitative structure-activity relationship have been applied to the design and optimization of small molecule kinase inhibitors. In this review, we provide an overview of recent advances in CADD and SMKIs and the application of CADD in the discovery of SMKIs.

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