Special Issue "Design of Enzyme Inhibitors as Potential Drugs"
A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Prof. Dr. Pawel Kafarski
Enzyme inhibitors are used as tools for studying mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis and as compounds for treating certain physiologic disorders. Thus, they remain prime targets for drug design because altering enzyme activity has immediate and defined effects. Their utility as mechanistic therapeutic agents is dependent on both the potency of the inhibitor and its specificity toward its target enzyme. This, in turn, depends on the number and type of interactions the inhibitor makes with the enzyme and the overall mode of inhibition.
Rational drug design requires a multidisciplinary approach with necessity for experimental and theoretical background. Its rapid development is mainly attributed to the tremendous advancements in the computer science, statistics, molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics experienced in the last few decades. A feature that characterizes this process for developing potential leads all known theoretical and experimental knowledge of the enzyme under study is used. The rational inhibitor design does not follow a certain single strategy; instead, such a strategy is a consequence of the experience of the researcher or the collaborative research group.
To achieve a more comprehensive understanding of modes and techniques of design of enzyme inhibitors of medicinal importance, the journal Pharmaceuticals now invites valuable contributions that report original observations, or reviews on that matter.
Prof. Dr. Pawel Kafarski
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- rational drug design
- covalent and non-covalent inhibitors
- structure-based drug design
- transition-state analogs
- knowledge-based modeling and design
- fragment-based approaches in drug discovery
- structure-based selectivity design
- multitarget-directed drugs
- activity-based protein profiling
- inhibitors of natural origin
- non-conventional inhibitors.