4th Edition

Smith and Williams' Introduction to the Principles of Drug Design and Action

By H. John Smith, Hywel Williams Copyright 1998
    682 Pages
    by CRC Press

    682 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Advances in knowledge and technology have revolutionized the process of drug development, making it possible to design drugs for a given target or disease. Building on the foundation laid by the previous three editions, Smith and Williams’ Introduction to the Principles of Drug Design and Action, Fourth Edition includes the latest information on topics such as gene therapy, computer-aided design, and molecular techniques including proteomics. Using real-world examples that illustrate the principles of drug design, the author explores the discovery of lead compounds and their manipulation in the production of non-toxic, metabolically stable drug candidates that will interact with target receptors in a predicted fashion.

    See what’s new in the Fourth Edition:

    Fully updates and expands the contents

    Coverage of agonists and antagonists of neuro-transmitters

    Information on the design of stable peptide-like drugs

    The human genome and its impact on drug discovery and development

    Advances in therapy and pharmacokinetics

    Adopting a from-the-bench-to-the-marketplace approach, the book provides a thorough grounding in rational drug design. It emphasizes principles and elucidates a framework for basic drug design into which current and, more importantly, future drugs will fit.

    Processes of Drug Handling by the Body. The Design of Drug Delivery Systems. Fundamental Pharmacokinetics. Intermolecular Forces and Molecular Modeling. Drug Chirality and its Pharmacological Consequences. Quantitative Structure–Activity Relationships (QSAR) in Drug Design. Prodrugs. From Program Sanction to Clinical Trials: A Partial View of the Quest for Arimidex, A Potent, Selective Inhibitor of Aromatase. Design of Enzyme Inhibitors as Drugs. Peptide Drug Design. Combinatorial Chemistry: A Tool for Drug Discovery. Recombinant DNA Technology: Monoclonal Antibodies. The Human Genome and its Impact on Drug Discovery and Therapy. The Chemotherapy of Cancer. Neurotransmitters, Agonists, and Antagonists. Design of Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral Agents. Pharmaceutical Applications of Bioinorganic Chemistry. Index.


    H. John Smith, Hywel Williams