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Molecular Docking to Identify Associations Between Drugs and Class I Human Leukocyte Antigens for Predicting Idiosyncratic Drug Reactions

[ Vol. 18 , Issue. 3 ]


Heng Luo, Tingting Du, Peng Zhou, Lun Yang, Hu Mei, Huiwen Ng, Wenqian Zhang, Mao Shu, Weida Tong, Leming Shi, Donna L. Mendrick and Huixiao Hong   Pages 296 - 304 ( 9 )


Idiosyncratic drug reactions (IDRs) are rare, somewhat dose-independent, patient-specific and hard to predict. Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) are the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in humans, are highly polymorphic and are associated with specific IDRs. Therefore, it is important to identify potential drug-HLA associations so that individuals who would develop IDRs can be identified before drug exposure. We harvested the associations between drugs and class I HLAs from the literature. The results revealed that there are many drug-HLA pairs without clinical data. For better potential interactions of the drug-HLA pairs, molecular docking was used to explore the potential of associations between the drugs and HLAs. From the analysis of docking scores between the 17 drugs and 74 class I HLAs, it was observed that the known significantly associated drug-HLA pairs had statistically lower docking scores than those not reported to be significantly associated (t-test p < 0.05). This indicates that molecular docking could be utilized for screening drug-HLA interactions and predicting potential IDRs. Examining the binding modes of drugs in the docked HLAs suggested several distinct binding sites inside class I HLAs, expanding our knowledge of the underlying interaction mechanisms between drugs and HLAs.


Adverse drug reaction, docking, personalized medicine, human leukocyte antigen, idiosyncratic drug reaction, modelling.


National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 3900 NCTR Road, Jefferson, AR 72079, USA.

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