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Curr Drug Metab. 2019;20(3):203-208. doi: 10.2174/1389200219666180821095355.

Molecular Design of Peptide-Fc Fusion Drugs.

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Center for Informational Biology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.
Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.



Peptide-Fc fusion drugs, also known as peptibodies, are a category of biological therapeutics in which the Fc region of an antibody is genetically fused to a peptide of interest. However, to develop such kind of drugs is laborious and expensive. Rational design is urgently needed.


We summarized the key steps in peptide-Fc fusion technology and stressed the main computational resources, tools, and methods that had been used in the rational design of peptide-Fc fusion drugs. We also raised open questions about the computer-aided molecular design of peptide-Fc.


The design of peptibody consists of four steps. First, identify peptide leads from native ligands, biopanning, and computational design or prediction. Second, select the proper Fc region from different classes or subclasses of immunoglobulin. Third, fuse the peptide leads and Fc together properly. At last, evaluate the immunogenicity of the constructs. At each step, there are quite a few useful resources and computational tools.


Reviewing the molecular design of peptibody will certainly help make the transition from peptide leads to drugs on the market quicker and cheaper.


Molecular design; biopanning; immunoinformatics; mimetibody; peptibody; peptide; peptide-Fc fusion; phage display.

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