Heterocyclic Compounds in Medicinal Chemistry: New Advances

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 July 2024 | Viewed by 207

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Departamento de Química en Ciencias Farmacéuticas, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
Interests: organic chemistry; medicinal chemistry; organic synthesis; organic compound analysis; NMR; drug design
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Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Química y de Farmacia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Interests: medicinal chemistry; microwave assisted organic synthesis; heterocyclic synthesis; drug design; CNS pathologies; in vitro and in vivo pharmacology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterocyclic systems represent a privileged scaffold in Medicinal Chemistry, as they are present in the majority of organic compounds exhibiting important and diverse biological activities. Heterocyclic compounds have demonstrated interesting pharmacological activities and very wide therapeutic applications, such as anticonvulsant, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory activities, among many others.

New biological targets and new emergent diseases are constantly being discovered, and at the same time, heterocyclic-based compounds are found in more than 90% of novel drugs, with new anti-COVID-19 authorized drugs representing a clear example of heterocyclic-based drugs. In this context, heterocyclic chemistry and heterocyclic-based drugs need to be continuously designed and developed.

Although heterocyclic systems represent a privileged scaffold, the number of publications in this field diminished in 2022, for instance, those relating to nitrogen-containing heterocycles. For this reason, it constitutes a special field to be explored.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to bring together research from experts in this field, and we are inviting you to contribute to this Special Issue articles, perspectives, and reviews covering all new aspects related to the design, identification and access, molecular characterization, development, and pharmacological evaluation of new active heterocyclic systems.

We look forward to your valuable contribution.

Dr. Giorgio Giorgi
Dr. Gonzalo Recabarren Gajardo
Dr. Rino Ragno
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  • drug design
  • medicinal chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • biological activity
  • aromatic heterocycles
  • fused heterocycles
  • nitrogen
  • oxygen
  • sulfur
  • spectroscopic properties

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