Drug repurposing by integrated literature mining and drug-gene-disease triangulation

Drug Discov Today. 2017 Apr;22(4):615-619. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2016.10.008. Epub 2016 Oct 22.


Drug design is expensive, time-consuming and becoming increasingly complicated. Computational approaches for inferring potentially new purposes of existing drugs, referred to as drug repositioning, play an increasingly important part in current pharmaceutical studies. Here, we first summarize recent developments in computational drug repositioning and introduce the utilized data sources. Afterwards, we introduce a new data fusion model based on n-cluster editing as a novel multi-source triangulation strategy, which was further combined with semantic literature mining. Our evaluation suggests that utilizing drug-gene-disease triangulation coupled to sophisticated text analysis is a robust approach for identifying new drug candidates for repurposing.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Data Mining / methods*
  • Drug Design
  • Drug Repositioning / methods*
  • Humans
  • Research Design