Drosophila in Drug Development

With many years of research experience and efforts in the field of Drosophila, CD BioSciences has acquired all the necessary knowledge and techniques to promote Drosophila as a model organism. We present the application of Drosophila in drug discovery and drug delivery systems.

The advantage of Drosophila in drug development is that it is efficient, rapid and cost effective. These reliable results can advance the progress and translation of later mammalian validation and clinical trials.

First, Drosophila populations are economical and rapidly reproducing, thus are far less costly than mammals as a discovery and validation platform in the early stages of drug development. Second, Drosophila is a well-studied and easily genetically manipulated model organism that has been used to study the molecular mechanisms of human diseases, including central nervous system disorders, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Therefore, at the genetic and molecular levels, Drosophila can be used as a more accurate multicellular in vivo environment to assess the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of compounds or to study the molecular mechanisms of small molecule therapies. The results play an important role in effectively advancing the progress of mammalian drug development and reducing false positives.

Drosophila Application in Drug Discovery

Drosophila has been used in the initial development of drugs for many diseases. Some of the anti-cancer drugs currently screened using the Drosophila model have already passed mammalian validation and clinical trials, and already have received FDA approval. This is a testament to the potential of Drosophila in drug development. Combined with a strong genetic platform and knowledge of medicinal chemistry, Drosophila has many applications in the drug development process, including drug screening, drug validation, and molecular modification of drugs.

A list of clinically relevant anticancer drugs validated/developed in DrosophilaFig.1 A list of clinically relevant anticancer drugs validated/developed in Drosophila (Yadav et al. 2016)

Drosophila Application in Drug Delivery Systems

Several novel drug delivery systems allow precise control of release time and targeting of lesions. However, the use of novel materials requires rigorous in vivo kinetic and toxicological evaluation. Drosophila has a highly homologous organ and metabolic pathway to humans, resulting in a small molecule response mechanism similar to that of mammals. It can be directly used to establish the evaluation process of drug delivery systems, including biocompatibility, toxicities, and targeting. In addition, no ethical considerations and high-throughput screening, the Drosophila model can facilitate the rapid development of delivery systems and the study of material small molecule interactions mechanisms.

Drug delivery systems for the diagnosis and/or therapy of various diseasesFig.2 Drug delivery systems for the diagnosis and/or therapy of various diseases (Silindir Gunay et al. 2016)

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