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With the rapid progress in pharmaceutical experiments and clinical investigations, extensive knowledge of drug transporters (DTs) has accumulated, which is valuable data for the understanding of drug metabolism and disposition. However, such data are largely dispersed in the literature, which hampers its utility and significantly limits its possibility for comprehensive analysis. A variety of databases have, therefore, been constructed to provide DT-related data, and they were reviewed in this study. First, several knowledge bases providing data regarding clinically important drugs and their corresponding transporters were discussed, which constituted the most important resources of DT-centered data. Second, some databases describing the general transporters and their functional families were reviewed. Third, various databases offering transporter information as part of their entire data collection were described. Finally, customized database functions that are available to facilitate DT-related research were discussed. This review provided an overview of the whole collection of DT-related databases, which might facilitate research on precision medicine and rational drug use. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT: A collection of well established databases related to drug transporters were comprehensively reviewed, which were organized according to their importance in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion research. These databases could collectively contribute to the research on rational drug use. Copyright © 2021 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.


Jiayi Yin, Fengcheng Li, Zhaorong Li, Lushan Yu, Feng Zhu, Su Zeng. Feature, Function, and Information of Drug Transporter-Related Databases. Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals. 2022 Jan;50(1):76-85

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