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Efforts to Develop KRAS Inhibitors


Efforts to Develop KRAS Inhibitors

Matthew Holderfield. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med.


The high prevalence of KRAS mutations in human cancers and the lack of effective treatments for patients ranks KRAS among the most highly sought-after targets for preclinical oncologists. Pharmaceutical companies and academic laboratories have tried for decades to identify small molecule inhibitors of oncogenic KRAS proteins, but little progress has been made and many have labeled KRAS undruggable. However, recent progress in in silico screening, fragment-based drug design, disulfide tethered screening, and some emerging themes in RAS biology have caused the field to reconsider previously held notions about targeting KRAS. This review will cover some of the historical efforts to identify RAS inhibitors, and some of the most promising efforts currently being pursued.

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