New research approach by centre for translational biodiversity genomics (tbg) reveals mechanisms of action in stingray venom, using a novel network pharmacology approach

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Animal venoms can be a valuable source when it comes to discovering new drug leads. Their special mechanism of action and their complex composition can be particularly informative. In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of how animal venoms influence organisms, a team of scientists from the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) among others, developed a new approach to drug research. In the study recently published in “Marine Drugs”, the authors combined the results of genome analysis of animal venoms with physiological datas. The aim was to predict the mechanisms of action of the venom components as well as the time curve of the venom action. For this purpose, two high-throughput technologies were combined in a network. The focus of the investigations were stingrays.