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Kendra Keilen
6th hour
Chemistry in Everyday Life
Drugs are chemicals of low molecular masses. These connect with
macromolecular goals and produce a biological response. When the biological
response is healing and useful, these chemicals are called medicines and are
used in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases. Medicines usually
interact with biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic
acids. These are called target molecules or drug targets. Also, compounds used
as medicines are most often organic compounds, which are often divided into the
broad classes of small organic molecules (atorvastatin, fluticasone, clopidogrel)
and "biologics" (infliximab, erythropoietin, insulin glargine).
In particular, medicinal chemistry in its most common disguise—focusing
on small organic molecules—encompasses synthetic organic chemistry and
aspects of natural products and computational chemistry in close combination
with chemical biology, enzymology and structural biology, together aiming at the
discovery and development of new therapeutic agents.
Kendra Keilen
6th hour
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