Cell surface transporters and not diffusion is responsible for the transfer of metabolites across a cell’s membrane. Many types of drugs are structurally very similar to natural metabolites and as a consequence they are treated by the cell as though they are the natural homologue. Therefore, the uptake mechanisms used by cells for the natural metabolite can be exploited in drug development to be taken into the cell; however, this is rarely the case. We have used the Tanimoto Index to relate the structure of drugs to their nearest fit natural substances and determined which cell surface transporters are likely to recognise the drug as a substrate for uptake. The planned study is intended to continue initial studies to profile transporters as signatures of differentiated cell types, and then to design substrates to cell specific transporters to use as carriers of drug payloads.
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