An Efficient Drug-Target Interaction Mining Algorithm in Heterogeneous Biological Networks

  • Congcong LiEmail author
  • Jing Sun
  • Yun Xiong
  • Guangyong Zheng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8643)


The identification of interactions between drugs and targets is a key area in drug research. Exploring targets can help identify potential side effects and toxicities for drugs, as well as new applications of existing drugs. Because of the enormous scale of biological dataset, most of the existing algorithms for drug-target mining are time-consuming. In this paper, we proposed an optimization algorithm called LSH-HeteSim to mine the drug-target interaction in heterogeneous biological networks, where the relationship between drugs and targets is various. It means drugs and targets are connected with complicated semantic path. In practice, the similarity measure used for semantic path is a path-dependent method, called HeteSim, which had been utilized in some previous studies of relevance search. Experiment results in real biological networks show that our algorithm can effectively predict drug-target interaction with the AUC measure achieving 0.943. Simultaneously, the running time of our algorithm is much less than the state-of-art methods.


Drug target Link prediction Heterogeneous biological networks Meta-path Similarity measure 



The work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation Project of China under Grant. No. 61170096 and Research Program of Shanghai Science and Technology Committee under Grant. No. 12511502403. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of SA-SIBS Scholarship Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Congcong Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jing Sun
    • 1
  • Yun Xiong
    • 1
  • Guangyong Zheng
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai Key Laboratory of Data Science, School of Computer ScienceFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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