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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 6(1): 165, 2021 04 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33895786

RESUMO

The global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) requires an urgent need to find effective therapeutics for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In this study, we developed an integrative drug repositioning framework, which fully takes advantage of machine learning and statistical analysis approaches to systematically integrate and mine large-scale knowledge graph, literature and transcriptome data to discover the potential drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2. Our in silico screening followed by wet-lab validation indicated that a poly-ADP-ribose polymerase 1 (PARP1) inhibitor, CVL218, currently in Phase I clinical trial, may be repurposed to treat COVID-19. Our in vitro assays revealed that CVL218 can exhibit effective inhibitory activity against SARS-CoV-2 replication without obvious cytopathic effect. In addition, we showed that CVL218 can interact with the nucleocapsid (N) protein of SARS-CoV-2 and is able to suppress the LPS-induced production of several inflammatory cytokines that are highly relevant to the prevention of immunopathology induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection.


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Antivirais/uso terapêutico , COVID-19/tratamento farmacológico , COVID-19/metabolismo , Simulação por Computador , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Modelos Biológicos , SARS-CoV-2/metabolismo , Humanos
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 49(7): 3719-3734, 2021 04 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33744973

RESUMO

N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most pervasive modification in eukaryotic mRNAs. Numerous biological processes are regulated by this critical post-transcriptional mark, such as gene expression, RNA stability, RNA structure and translation. Recently, various experimental techniques and computational methods have been developed to characterize the transcriptome-wide landscapes of m6A modification for understanding its underlying mechanisms and functions in mRNA regulation. However, the experimental techniques are generally costly and time-consuming, while the existing computational models are usually designed only for m6A site prediction in a single-species and have significant limitations in accuracy, interpretability and generalizability. Here, we propose a highly interpretable computational framework, called MASS, based on a multi-task curriculum learning strategy to capture m6A features across multiple species simultaneously. Extensive computational experiments demonstrate the superior performances of MASS when compared to the state-of-the-art prediction methods. Furthermore, the contextual sequence features of m6A captured by MASS can be explained by the known critical binding motifs of the related RNA-binding proteins, which also help elucidate the similarity and difference among m6A features across species. In addition, based on the predicted m6A profiles, we further delineate the relationships between m6A and various properties of gene regulation, including gene expression, RNA stability, translation, RNA structure and histone modification. In summary, MASS may serve as a useful tool for characterizing m6A modification and studying its regulatory code. The source code of MASS can be downloaded from https://github.com/mlcb-thu/MASS.


Assuntos
Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Aprendizado de Máquina , RNA/química , Adenosina/química , Animais , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Software , Transcriptoma
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Bioinformatics ; 35(1): 104-111, 2019 01 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30561548

RESUMO

Motivation: Accurately predicting drug-target interactions (DTIs) in silico can guide the drug discovery process and thus facilitate drug development. Computational approaches for DTI prediction that adopt the systems biology perspective generally exploit the rationale that the properties of drugs and targets can be characterized by their functional roles in biological networks. Results: Inspired by recent advance of information passing and aggregation techniques that generalize the convolution neural networks to mine large-scale graph data and greatly improve the performance of many network-related prediction tasks, we develop a new nonlinear end-to-end learning model, called NeoDTI, that integrates diverse information from heterogeneous network data and automatically learns topology-preserving representations of drugs and targets to facilitate DTI prediction. The substantial prediction performance improvement over other state-of-the-art DTI prediction methods as well as several novel predicted DTIs with evidence supports from previous studies have demonstrated the superior predictive power of NeoDTI. In addition, NeoDTI is robust against a wide range of choices of hyperparameters and is ready to integrate more drug and target related information (e.g. compound-protein binding affinity data). All these results suggest that NeoDTI can offer a powerful and robust tool for drug development and drug repositioning. Availability and implementation: The source code and data used in NeoDTI are available at: https://github.com/FangpingWan/NeoDTI. Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.


Assuntos
Simulação por Computador , Desenvolvimento de Medicamentos/métodos , Software , Descoberta de Drogas , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Ligação Proteica
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