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Bioessays. 2005 Sep;27(9):958-69.

Protein-interaction mapping in search of effective drug targets.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA.


Signaling complexes and networks are being intensely studied in an attempt to discover pathways that are amenable to therapeutic intervention. A challenge in this search is to understand the effect that the modulation of a target will have on the overall function of a cell and its surrounding neighbors. Protein-interaction mapping reveals relationships between proteins and their impact on cellular processes and is being used more widely in our understanding of disease mechanisms and their treatment. The review discusses challenges and breakthroughs in this new and evolving area and its impact on medicine.

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