GLOSSARY: Drug Targets

A Drug Target is defined as a tiny molecule that is involved in some sort of process in a human cell. The process it is involved with can be anything from metabolic (having to do with metabolism) to signaling (taking a chemical signal and turning it into a physical response). Drug targets are specific to a disease condition, like the destruction of the myelin sheath with multiple sclerosis. Other drug targets are disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes, etc.