Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 31176583
Trends Parasitol. 2019 Jul;35(7):559-570
Cell-based phenotypic screening has proven to be valuable, notably in recapitulating relevant biological conditions, for example, the host cell/pathogen niche. However, the corresponding methodological complexity is not readily compatible with high-throughput pipelines, and fails to inform either molecular target or mechanism of action, which frustrates conventional drug-discovery roadmaps. We review the state-of-the-art and emerging technologies that suggest new strategies for harnessing value from the complexity of phenotypic screening and augmenting powerful utility for translational drug discovery. Advances in cellular, molecular, and bioinformatics technologies are converging at a cutting edge where the complexity of phenotypic screening may no longer be considered a hinderance but rather a catalyst to chemotherapeutic discovery for infectious diseases.