Active molecules from natural sources as Pharmacological Tools

A.Y. 2018/2019
3
Max ECTS
24
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/14
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
La natura è stata sorgente di medicinali per millenni. Le droghe vegetali contengono composti chimici che possono manifestare un'attività farmacologica. Pertanto, questi principi attivi possono essere considerati dei "tools" - o strumenti - utili per lo sviluppo di nuovi farmaci. In particolare, l'obiettivo formativo del corso sarà chiarire come questi "lead compounds" possano essere modificati per migliorare le capacità farmacocinetiche e farmacodinamiche.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The program of the course can be split into two parts: a general one, during which broad concepts relevant for the course will be explained (general definitions of active molecule, study of the factors that can affect its quantity and quality, pharmacokinetics, bio-fractionation) and a specific part during which we will take into consideration examples of molecules that have been modified to develop drugs currently in use (e.g. salicylates and aspirin, taxol and anticancer drugs, cocaine and lidocaine). At the end of the course we will carry out a simulation of the exam.
BIO/14 - PHARMACOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 24 hours
Professor: Marcello Elena
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