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The role of marine natural products in drug discovery and reverse chemical proteomics

Andrew M. Piggott, Peter Karuso*

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Reverse chemical proteomics combines affinity chromatography with phage display and promises to be a powerful new platform technology for the isolation of natural product receptors, facilitating the drug discovery process by rapidly linking biologically active small molecules to their cellular receptors and the receptors' genes. In this paper we review chemical proteomics and reverse chemical proteomics and show how these techniques can add value to natural products research. We also report on techniques for the derivatisation of polystyrene microtitre plates with cleavable linkers and marine natural products that can be used in chemical proteomics or reverse chemical proteomics. Specifically, we have derivatised polystyrene with palau'amine and used reverse chemical proteomics to try and isolate the human receptors for this potent anticancer marine drug.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-63
Number of pages28
JournalMarine Drugs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


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