Targeted therapies aim to prevent cancer progression by inactivating tumor-specific signaling pathways. However, identifying a suitable drug target in the signaling network remains a major hurdle. Since signaling pathways can be considered as directional networks with hierarchical topology, we hypothesized that the hierarchical level of a candidate in the network impacts its efficiency as a drug-Target. This hypothesis was evaluated with three methods. First, Boolean modeling was applied to a hierarchical regulatory network to assess the impact of hierarchy on modulating the network output. Next, we analyzed the hierarchy of FDA-Approved drugs mapped onto pathways involved in prostate cancer. Finally, we converted a global transcriptional regulatory and signaling network into hierarchical networks to analyze the hierarchical distribution of cancer genes and the approved drug-Targets for cancer treatment.
|Title of host publication
|Systems Biology in Cancer Research and Drug Discovery
|Number of pages
|Published - Aug 1 2012
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- Boolean modeling
- Hierarchical network
- Prostate cancer
- Targeted therapy