Table 10

Distribution of shortest path lengths from drug targets to the nearest disease protein
Distance Description Full PIN BioGRID Rual-Stelzl Rual-only
0 Drug targets = DPs 436 319 71 25
1 Drug targets interact with DPs 619 246 47 10
2 Drug targets and DPs have a common interactor 154 163 77 25
3 3-step paths 12 16 20 11
4 4-step paths 1 1 1 2
5 5-step paths - 1 - -
Inf Drug targets disconnected from DPs 5 5 5 1

The full PIN contains only 436 drug targets which, at the same time, are DPs. 619 different drug targets have a shortest path of “1” to the nearest DP (they interact), while 154 have a shortest path of “2” and 5 drug targets are disconnected from any disease target, probably due to missing interaction information. Smaller subsets show that, in general, drug targets do not get farther from disease proteins after data sub-setting, and, as a rule of thumb, there will always be a disease protein at least 4 steps away from any drug target. However, the proportion of drug targets in disconnected components is higher for subsets than it is for the full PIN.

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Mora and Donaldson BMC Bioinformatics 2012 13:294   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-294

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