CHIM/06 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Viale A. Doria 6 - 95125 Catania - Edificio 2
Phone: 0957385025
Office Hours: Da lunedì a venerdì, sempre disponibile tramite appuntamento via e-mail

Learning Objectives

The student will acquire the essential knowledge on biosynthesis, properties, biological interest, applications and examples of industrial syntheses of bioactive natural products. Basic knowledge of interaction with receptors and enzymes, xenobiotics metabolism and nutraceuticals in food and beverages will be also required.

Course Structure

Lessons, slides projection, discussion of specific topics.

Detailed Course Content

Introduction. Drug discovery and drug development. Structure-activity relationship (SAR). Interaction with receptors. Enzyme inhibitors. Xenobiotics metabolism. Nutraceuticals and cancer chemoprevention.

Acetate biosynthetical pathway.

Mevalonate biosynthetical pathway.

Shikimate biosynthetical pathway.

Alkaloids: biosynthesis and properties.

Natural products containing sulphur or alogens.

Textbook Information

1. Paul M. Dewick, Chimica, Biosintesi e Bioattività delle Sostanze Naturali, 2a Ediz.,Piccin

2. Richard B. Silverman, The Organic Chemistry of Drug Discovery and Drug Action, 2nd edition, Elsevier – Academic Press

3. Richard B. Silverman, Mark W. Holladay, Manuale di Chimica Farmaceutica, Edra SpA 2015

4. Slides of the lessons

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