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Sialic acids in biological and therapeutic processes: opportunities and challenges

Bauer, J. and Osborn, H. M. I. (2015) Sialic acids in biological and therapeutic processes: opportunities and challenges. Future Medicinal Chemistry, 7 (16). pp. 2285-2299. ISSN 1756-8927

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To link to this item DOI: 10.4155/fmc.15.135


It is now well documented that carbohydrates play multiple roles in biological processes, and hence are interesting targets for chemical biology and medicinal chemistry programmes. This review focuses on a subset of carbohydrates, specifically sialic acid containing carbohydrates. It highlights their occurrence and diversity, and presents evidence for their roles in a range of biological pathways. It illustrates that they are targets for novel medicinal chemistry strategies for a range of therapeutic areas, including cancer and immunity. Case studies highlight opportunities and challenges in this area, and sialic acid based drugs that have entered clinical practice, and are promising candidates for future disease intervention schemes, are discussed. The review concludes by highlighting perspectives and emerging roles for these targets.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Medicinal Chemistry Research Group
ID Code:46099
Uncontrolled Keywords:sialic acid
Publisher:Future Science Group


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