Small-molecule inhibitors of PARPS: from tools for investigating ADP-ribosylation to therapeutics

Ilsa T. Kirby, Michael S. Cohen

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Over the last 60 years, poly-ADP-ribose polymerases (PARPs, 17 family members in humans) have emerged as important regulators of physiology and disease. Small-molecule inhibitors have been essential tools for unraveling PARP function, and recently the first PARP inhibitors have been approved for the treatment of various human cancers. However, inhibitors have only been developed for a few PARPs and in vitro profiling has revealed that many of these exhibit polypharmacology across the PARP family. In this review, we discuss the history, development, and current state of the field, highlighting the limitations and opportunities for PARP inhibitor development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCurrent Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
ISSN (Print)0070-217X
ISSN (Electronic)2196-9965

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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