Approaches, Strategies and Procedures for Identifying Anti-Inflammatory Drug Lead Molecules from Natural Products

Jamtsho, Tenzin, Yeshi, Karma, Perry, Matthew J., Loukas, Alex, and Wangchuk, Phurpa (2024) Approaches, Strategies and Procedures for Identifying Anti-Inflammatory Drug Lead Molecules from Natural Products. Pharmaceuticals, 17 (13). 283.

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Natural products (NPs) have played a vital role in human survival for millennia, particularly for their medicinal properties. Many traditional medicine practices continue to utilise crude plants and animal products for treating various diseases, including inflammation. In contrast, contemporary medicine focuses more on isolating drug-lead compounds from NPs to develop new and better treatment drugs for treating inflammatory disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases. There is an ongoing search for new drug leads as there is still no cure for many inflammatory conditions. Various approaches and technologies are used in drug discoveries from NPs. This review comprehensively focuses on anti-inflammatory small molecules and describes the key strategies in identifying, extracting, fractionating and isolating small-molecule drug leads. This review also discusses the (i) most used approaches and recently available techniques, including artificial intelligence (AI), (ii) machine learning, and computational approaches in drug discovery; (iii) provides various animal models and cell lines used in in-vitro and in-vivo assessment of the anti-inflammatory potential of NPs.

Item ID: 82298
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1424-8247
Keywords: natural products; biodiscovery approaches and strategies; anti-inflammatory drug lead molecules; isolation techniques; medicinal plants; parasitic helminths
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Copyright Information: © 2024 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC Ideas Grant APP1183323, NHMRC program grant APP1132975
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2024 03:08
FoR Codes: 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3405 Organic chemistry > 340502 Natural products and bioactive compounds @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280105 Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280103 Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences @ 50%
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