To help the country have a more leading role in basic research and cease to be only a manufacturer in the chemical-pharmaceutical area, scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) generate computational models through which new medicines could be created against diseases like cancer.
The research team of the Faculty of Chemistry led by Professor José Luis Medina Franco has already found compounds with significant activity against a molecular target called DNA-methyltransferase and others that have been active against cancer.
“The progress is good and the research is in the live testing phase,” Medina Franco said, and explained that the cancer compounds they have identified are optimized in collaboration with groups in Italy and Canada, while biological tests are done in France.
He explained that his team also applies computational methods in the investigation of natural products, in addition to collaborating with the Biomedical Research Institute in a drug repositioning project.
Source: El Universal