CHEM 390 : Medicinal Chemistry
2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)
Want to be at the forefront of designing and discovering new compounds that are suitable for use as new drugs? Want to learn about how a substance operates in the body and its suitability for use as a drug? Medicinal chemistry is for you. It is one of the most rapidly developing areas within the disciplines of pharmaceutical science and chemistry and connects synthetic chemistry, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. As a medicinal chemistry student, you will learn the art of drug discovery and development which will lead to employment in a wide range of institutions such as biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, local and national government agencies, private research institutions and Crown Research Institutes.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Describe the basic principles of peptide synthesis, be able to write the structure of a peptide from constituent amino acids and describe how antimicrobial peptides function. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Apply the principles of molecular recognition and intermolecular bonding interactions, to the development of enzyme inhibitors and receptor agonists and antagonists as drugs. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Describe the mechanism of action and structure-activity-relationship of classic molecules like Penicillin, Morphine, Cisplatin, antigene and antisense oligonucleotides etc. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
- Apply the "profit: need : threat" rationale for the drug discovery process using examples, describe How Lipinski’s 'rule of five' can be used to determine 'drug-like molecules’ and Explain why halogens are often incorporated into pharmaceuticals, using examples. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Apply the principles of combinatorial chemistry solid-phase organic synthesis (SPOS) in the drug discovery process to generating new drug leads. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Apply the principles and ideas are behind QSAR studies, explain the concept of prodrugs, explain the importance of the molecular shape and flexibility (stereochemistry principles) and how the physicochemical properties of the drugs are important and can be incorporated in drug design. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Evaluate the influence of tissue pH, drug pKa and logP to the ability of the drug to cross membranes and enter cells as well as use the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation to determine the percentage of drug ionisation (known pKa) in tissue at a particular pH and understand the effect that pH has on solubility and hence therapeutic effectiveness (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Describe the structural features of surfactants and liposomes that make them useful as drug delivery agents in order to overcome issues of drug solubility and metabolic stability and to improve drug targeting. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Identify and explain metabolic reactions into phase I and II, relate these to the functional group or structure may undergo and predict the resultant metabolite; identify the types of enzymes and co-enzymes needed for the metabolic reaction and describe some examples where knowledge of the metabolic fate of a lead compound has been used to design a more effective drug. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Describe the general mechanisms utilised by bacteria in drug resistance and give an example of an antibiotic that succumbs to each mechanism (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
|Final Exam||50%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 18 hours of laboratory work (6 x 3 hours), 55 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 41 hours of work on assignments/lab report writing and/or test preparation.
Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
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The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
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The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.