Progress in Allosteric Database

  • Kun Song
  • Jian Zhang
  • Shaoyong Lu
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1163)


An allosteric mechanism refers to the biological regulation process wherein macromolecules propagate the effect of ligand binding at one site to a spatially distant orthosteric locus, thus affecting activity. The theory has remained a trending topic in biology research for over 50 years, since the understanding of allostery is fundamental for gleaning numerous biological processes and developing new drug therapies. In the past two decades, the allosteric paradigm has evolved into more descriptive models, with ever-expanding amounts of experimental data pertaining to newly identified allosteric molecules. The AlloSteric Database (ASD, accessible at, which is a comprehensive knowledge repository, has provided the public with integrated information encompassing allosteric proteins, modulators, sites, pathways, and networks to investigate allostery since 2009. In this chapter, we introduce the history and usage of the ASD and give attention to specific applications that have benefited from the ASD.


ASD Allostery Drug development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kun Song
    • 1
  • Jian Zhang
    • 1
  • Shaoyong Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathophysiology, Key Laboratory of Cell Differentiation and Apoptosis of Chinese Ministry of EducationShanghai Jiao Tong University, School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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