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ERIC Number: EJ1062405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Prospective Method to Guide Small Molecule Drug Design
Johnson, Alan T.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n5 p836-842 May 2015
At present, small molecule drug design follows a retrospective path when considering what analogs are to be made around a current hit or lead molecule with the focus often on identifying a compound with higher intrinsic potency. What this approach overlooks is the simultaneous need to also improve the physicochemical (PC) and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of these compounds, and illustrates the multivariate problem the chemist must face when targeting new analogs for synthesis. To address this problem, a simple method is presented which allows the chemist to integrate PC properties into small molecule drug design in a prospective manner, prioritize new target molecules for synthesis, and potentially shorten the path to the clinic. This simple method also provides a tool for the student of medicinal chemistry to see how changes in PC properties and intrinsic potency can influence drug-like properties of small molecules during the drug discovery process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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