Technology breakthrough could lead to better drugs

5 July 2013

Researchers have developed a means of testing the efficacy of medication which could lead to better drugs in the future.

Scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have created a method to measure how effectively drugs reach their targets in human cells - a practice which could become significant for healthcare research as well as physical treatment.

Most medications work by binding itself to different proteins in the body and influencing their function, meaning that researchers need to identify the right proteins before designing a molecule that will locate and bind with them.

Proteins tend to become stable when drugs bind to them, a principle which the team has used as the foundation for a tangible measurement tool.

In some cases, new drugs have come unstuck at the clinical trial stage because molecules have failed to locate and bind these to the right proteins. This is where researchers feel that their new measuring process could be a significant control stage.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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