The recent availability of databases that provide both phenotypic descriptions and the chemical structures of the constituent compounds in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines, have enabled Bender et al (J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2013 (53) 661 – 673, DOI: 10.1021/ci3005513 , http://www.andreasbender.de/) to develop a cool algorithm to predict the mode of action (MOA) of these compounds and to predict novel protein targets for cancer therapies.
Traditional medicine has been utilised by human for thousands of years and normally viewed as complementary or alternative to mainstream therapies. However, both Chinese and traditional Indian medicine (Ayervedic) have provided us with important drugs for instance Artemisinin an antimalarial drug and reserpine an antihypertensive drug.
From 1981 to 2007, 67% of the pharmaceuticals or new molecular entities (NMEs) introduced into the market were natural product based or a derivative there of. These natural products often have desirable properties which make them…
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