A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Interests: medicinal chemistry; organic synthesis; asymmetric synthesis
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Metals are known and used by human beings since time immemorial. Logically, they have been administered to ill people to treat a large number of health disorders, most of the times empirically. This led to some unexpected successes, discovered by chance (for instance, the use of mercury or lead against infection, or arsenic as anticancer treatment). With the development of organic chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry, interest for metals in human health has rather waned until the 1970s with the marketing of platinum anticancer drugs, gadolinium-containing contrast agents and strontium salts against osteoporosis.
The purpose of the present Special Issue is to present the latest advances in the field of metals used in medicine, classified following their pharmacological applications in several diseases, such as cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and as diagnostic agents. The emphasis will be put on the most promising drug candidates in each pharmacological class.
Dr. Francois Dufrasne
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