- Year: 2018
- Page Number: 100
- File Type: PDF
- File Size: 4.26 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Hirokazu Tamamura
This brief describes studies conducted by the authors on mid-size drugs utilizing peptides and peptidomimetics, and on the development of anti-HIV agents. Peptides are important biological molecules and have various physiological actions. Peptide-based drug discovery may help bring about the development of useful medicines that are highly safe and show potent pharmacological effects in small doses. Recently, it has been shown that there is an important drug-like space in the mid-sized region between low- and high-molecular-weight compounds. Thus, mid-size drugs such as peptide compounds are being focused on. To date, several peptidomimetics that mimic primary, secondary, and tertiary structures of peptides have been developed to maintain and improve biological activities and actions of peptides. In this book, the features and advantages of mid-size drugs are described in detail. In addition, the merits of utilizing peptidomimetics in the development of mid-size drugs are referred to. Understanding such peptide-derived mid-size drugs will lead to a comprehensive expansion of medicinal chemistry.
Hirokazu Tamamura received his Ph.D. in Pharmacy from Kyoto University in 1995. His research interests include chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, peptide–protein chemistry, and organic chemistry. Currently, he is a professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, with a total of 27 years of teaching experience at Kyoto University and Tokyo Medical and Dental University.Dr. Tamamura won the Award for Distinguished Young Scientists from the Japanese Peptide Society in 1998 and the Award for Young Scientists from the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan in 2001.He has published 230 articles and contributed to 107 books, with his work appearing in internationally renowned journals including Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Chem. Biol., Org. Lett., J. Med. Chem., Bioconjugate Chem., ChemBioChem, ChemMedChem, Bioorg. Med. Chem., Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., and Biopolymers: Peptide Science.
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