Concluding Remarks

As this chapter has demonstrated, inorganic chemistry plays an important role in biology and an increasingly important role in modern drug development. In many cases, metabolism of essential metal ions may be controlled by means of organic pharmaceuticals since an intimate synergism exists between the function of inorganic elements and organic compounds of the body. Metal ions control some of the fundamental biochemical processes such as DNA and RNA replication, and many enzymes hold a key position as pharmaceutical targets. Emphasis should be put on kinetics rather than stability of inorganic compounds, since the most interesting biological processes, more often than not, take place rapidly and far from equilibrium. As a result, a new and exciting field of research with a variety of challenges has opened in inorganic medicinal chemistry.

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