Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) have been the subject of extensive medicinal chemistry efforts at several pharmaceutical companies, including Merck. The Merck effort produced a wide variety of SERMs including ER-?? selective antagonists and ER-?? agonists in addition to balanced (non-selective) analogs. This article will provide a broad overview of the Merck SERM medicinal chemistry effort as published in the literature through early 2008.
Keywords: hormone replacement therapy, Spiroindenes, Dihydrobenzoxathiins, Benzochromenones, Androstenes
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