Chemical libraries

Chemical libraries are collections of molecules that are synthesized with the aim that they represent a given fraction of the theoretically possible chemical compounds that have yet been made. Research is focused on both the generation of libraries and on new methodology to screen them in the search for new or improved properties.

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News and Comment

  • Comments & Opinion |

    Plant biologists have recognized the potential in using small molecules identified from chemical libraries to provide insights into biological questions relevant to plants. However, the classical genetics mindset still predominant among plant scientists should evolve to embrace cross-disciplinary chemical genetics projects that will benefit future plant research.

    • Vivek Halder
    •  & Eugenia Russinova
    Nature Chemical Biology 15, 1025-1028
  • News & Views |

    Methods for generating molecular diversity provide a route to screen a wider section of chemical space, to discover compounds with useful biological properties. Now, a complexity-to-diversity strategy has enabled the discovery of a multi-cyclic structure from a complex natural product that induces ferroptotic cell death in cancer cells.

    • Tatiana Cañeque
    •  & Raphaël Rodriguez
    Nature Chemistry 11, 499-500
  • News & Views |

    Powerful combinatorial peptide library methods allow the discovery of peptide leads from diverse libraries. A new platform based on tandem mass spectrometry peptide sequencing coupled with high-performance size-exclusion chromatography enables identification of high-affinity peptidic ligands from focused libraries.

    • Kit S. Lam
  • Editorial |

    Encoded chemical libraries can be used to screen a vast array of compounds against a protein target to identify potent binders. A collection of articles in this issue discuss different methods to increase the chemical space sampled by encoded macrocycle libraries and the advantages that such libraries offer for discovering new drug leads.

  • Comments & Opinion |

    Ghotas Evindar, Chemistry Group Leader at GlaxoSmithKline, talks with Nature Chemistry about the advantages of using encoded libraries in drug discovery and the challenges these technologies present.

    • Russell Johnson
    Nature Chemistry 10, 690-691
  • News & Views |

    Certain drug targets have been deemed undruggable because of the difficulty in finding pharmacologically useful inhibitors. Now, two teams have developed exciting technologies for the creation of diverse collections of macrocyclic molecules and have demonstrated their usefulness for discovering macrocyclic inhibitors.

    • Emil S. Iqbal
    •  & Matthew C. T. Hartman
    Nature Chemistry 10, 692-694