Peptide Drug Discovery and Development: Translational Research in Academia and Industry (Google eBook)

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Miguel Castanho, Nuno Santos
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 24, 2011 - Medical - 450 pages
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Filling a real knowledge gap, this handbook and ready reference isboth modern and forward-looking in its emphasis on the "bench tobedside" translational approach to drug development.
Clearly structured into three major parts, the book stakes out theboundaries of peptide drug development in the preclinical as wellas clinical stages. The first part provides a general backgroundand focuses on the characteristic strengths and weaknesses ofpeptide drugs. The second section contains five cases studies ofpeptides from diverse therapeutic fields, and the lessons to belearned from them, while the final part looks at new targets andopportunities, discussing several drug targets and diseases forwhich peptide drugs are currently being developed.

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About the author (2011)

Miguel Castanho is head of the Biochemistry department of theSchool of Medicine at the University of Lisbon (Portugal). He alsoleads the Physical Biochemistry research unit at the Institute ofMolecular Medicine. His main field of research is the interactionof peptide drugs with lipids, in particular the role of lipidmembranes in the mechanism of action of peptide drugs.

Nuno C. Santos is the leader of the Biomembranes Unit of theInstitute of Molecular Medicine. His research is centered on thespecific functions of biological membranes lipids and proteins,with a special focus on their relevance for pathologic processesranging from viral or bacterial infection to cardiovasculardiseases.

Together, Miguel Castanho and Nuno C. Santos have been involved inmany collaborative drug discovery and development projects withindustry partners in Europe, USA, Canada, and China.

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