By Didier Rognan, Raimund Mannhold, Hugo Kubinyi, Gerd Folkers

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the most very important goal sessions in pharmacology and are the objective of many blockbuster medicines. but in simple terms with the hot elucidation of the rhodopsin constitution have those receptors turn into amenable to a rational drug layout.

in response to fresh examples from academia and the pharmaceutical undefined, this publication demonstrates the right way to follow the full diversity of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics and molecular modeling instruments to the rational layout of novel medicinal drugs concentrating on GPCRs.

crucial studying for medicinal chemists and drug designers operating with this biggest type of drug ambitions within the human genome.

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