Review is devoted to the description of the main existing and developing technologies for experimental validation of potential targets predicted in silico by comparative genomics and bioinformatics methods. Since this problem has not been solved yet, the description of a wide set of methods, suitable for the validation of potential targets, is given.
The following questions have been considered: (1) applications of proteomic technologies (control of potential targets expression and their variability, analysis of protein-protein interactions); (2) use of genomics technologies in experimental validation of targets (inactivation of the target genes, suppression of transcription, inactivation of the target mRNA, suppression of translation); (3) methods of direct inactivation of target proteins (monoclonal antibodies, light-inactivation, one-chain antibodies, intrabodies, aptamers); (4) high-throughput technologies; (5) targets validations in vivo.
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