In recent years the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry has extended far beyond the traditional areas of platinum anticancer drugs. As metal-based drugs become increasingly common in the drug market, an understanding of medicinal inorganic chemistry is essential for successful drug design and development.
Working from basic chemical principles,Metals in Medicine presents a complete and methodical approach to the topic. Introductory chapters discuss important bonding concepts applicable to metallo-drugs and their biological targets, interactions that exist between the agents and substances in the biological milieu, basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties including transport and uptake of drugs by the cells, and methods for measuring efficacy and toxicity of agents.
Following this introduction, chapters focus on individual metallo-drugs and agents for treating and detecting disease, examining their synthesis, structure and general properties, known mechanism of action and important physical and chemical principles that apply.