More than 50% of drugs target membrane proteins

Article on the Barcelona BioMed conference on membrane proteins, organised by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation. According to statements made by the organisers Manuel Palacín and Miquel Coll, both at IRB Barcelona, research into the structure of these proteins "paves the way to a wide range of possibilities for the development of new drugs for diseases that currently have no cure and to search for alternative treatments in other conditions for which current drugs are not overly efficient or that are highly toxic for the patient." To date, the structures of only 3% of membrane proteins have been resolved at the atomic level. In spite of being such a low percentage, more than 50% of present day drugs target membrane proteins.