Supervised prediction of drug–target interactions using bipartite local models


MOTIVATION In silico prediction of drug-target interactions from heterogeneous biological data is critical in the search for drugs for known diseases. This problem is currently being attacked from many different points of view, a strong indication of its current importance. Precisely, being able to predict new drug-target interactions with both high precision and accuracy is the holy grail, a fundamental requirement for in silico methods to be useful in a biological setting. This, however, remains extremely challenging due to, amongst other things, the rarity of known drug-target interactions. RESULTS We propose a novel supervised inference method to predict unknown drug-target interactions, represented as a bipartite graph. We use this method, known as bipartite local models to first predict target proteins of a given drug, then to predict drugs targeting a given protein. This gives two independent predictions for each putative drug-target interaction, which we show can be combined to give a definitive prediction for each interaction. We demonstrate the excellent performance of the proposed method in the prediction of four classes of drug-target interaction networks involving enzymes, ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and nuclear receptors in human. This enables us to suggest a number of new potential drug-target interactions. AVAILABILITY An implementation of the proposed algorithm is available upon request from the authors. Datasets and all prediction results are available at

DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp433

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@inproceedings{Bleakley2009SupervisedPO, title={Supervised prediction of drug–target interactions using bipartite local models}, author={Kevin Bleakley and Yoshihiro Yamanishi}, booktitle={Bioinformatics}, year={2009} }