This volume of Pharmacochemistry Library comprises the text of invited lectures presented at the 11th Noordwijkerhout-Camerino Symposium Trends in Drug Research, held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, from 11-15 May 1997.
In the programme attention has been given to the generation of new biological target systems and the generation of new lead molecules, with presentations on e.g. combinatorial chemistry, compound libraries, database search, high throughput screening and molecular biology.
Other topics discussed were the perspectives for new medicines for the gastro-intestinal tract, the major developments in the search for effective anti-HIV drugs and new aspects in synthetic approaches. In a special session three topics which currently draw much attention were discussed: How to deal with the major problem of resistance against antimirobial agents? Can the apoptosis mechanism be used as a drug target? Is the newly observed phenomenon of inverse agonism a general principle and has it consequences for drug development (and use?)
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a second-generation nonnucleoside inhibitor of the HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (J-P. Kleim). The HIV tat-TAR interaction, a novel target for drug discovery (J. Karn et al.). Diverse approaches to combinatorial library design (E.J. Martin et al.). Heterocyclic mixture- based combinatorial libraries: synthesis and analysis of composition (J.S. Kiely, Y. Pei). Chemistry and SAR of prokinetic motilides: non peptidic motilin receptor agonists (P.A. Lartey). Modulators of 5-HT functions in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders (F.D. King et al.). The impact of robotics and novel assay technologies on lead discovery processes (J.G. Houston). Hot topics (P. Angeli). Inverse agonism at G protein-coupled receptors. Studies with wild type and mutated adrenergic and opioid receptors (G. Milligan). Antibiotic resistance
a view from the pharmaceutical industry (R. Bax).