Special Issue "Discovery of Glucosidase Inhibitors and Other Targets as Potential Antidiabetic Agents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 351

Special Issue Editors

Medical Research Unit in Pharmacology, Speciality Hospital, National Medical Center Siglo XXI, Av. Cuauhtémoc 330 Col Doctores, México City, CP 06725, México
Interests: pharmacognosy of Mexican medicinal plants; diabetes mellitus; cancer; diarrhea; molecular docking; secondary metabolites
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Medical Research Unit in Pharmacology, Speciality Hospital, National Medical Center Siglo XXI, Av. Cuauhtémoc 330 Col Doctores, Mexico City, CP 06725, Mexico
Interests: pharmacology; pharmacognosy; phytochemistry; medicinal plants; diabetes mellitus; cancer; diarrhea; drug development; isolation of natural compounds; terpenoids; flavonoids; molecular docking; molecular mechanism elucidation; pharmacological evaluation of natural compounds isolated from plants used in traditional Mexican medicine
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic condition defined by chronically high blood sugar levels. This disease affected 537 million people globally in 2021, with this figure expected to rise to 643 million by 2030. Moreover, DM was found to be the ninth major cause of mortality in a worldwide study conducted by the World Health Organization. Hyperglycemia can lead to a variety of complications, such as cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, renal failure, lipid metabolism issues and many others.

One of the principal approaches to reducing postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with DM is the prevention of hydrolysis and the absorption of carbohydrates after food uptake via effective control of blood glucose levels, which represents a key step in preventing or reversing diabetic complications and improving the quality of life of diabetic patients. This is accomplished by suppressing the carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes α-glucosidase and α-amylase in the digestive system, thus preventing glucose absorption. As a result, inhibitors of these enzymes slow the absorption of glucose and dampen the postprandial plasma glucose spike. Glucosidase inhibitors are considered a safe class of drugs, since their long-term use does not generate significant adverse effects for the patient who uses them.


In this Special Issue, we aim to draw together research from experts in the field, with the objective of discovering new drugs for the treatment of DM focused on the inhibition of glucosidases and other therapeutic targets.

Dr. Fernando Calzada
Dr. Miguel Valdes
Guest Editors

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  • diabetes mellitus
  • diabetes complications
  • glucosidase inhibitors
  • antidiabetic agents
  • molecular mechanism
  • new drug development
  • pharmacology
  • molecular docking assays

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