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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Glycosides in Medicine: “The Role of Glycosidic Residue in Biological Activity”

Author(s): Vladimir Kren and Ludmila Martinkova

Volume 8, Issue 11, 2001

Page: [1303 - 1328] Pages: 26

DOI: 10.2174/0929867013372193

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Numbers of biologically active compounds are glycosides. Sometimes, the glycosidic residue is crucial for their activity, in other cases glycosylation only improves pharmacokinetic parameters. Recent developments in molecular glycobiology brought better understanding to the aglycone vs. glycoside activities, and made possible to develop new, more active or more effective glycodrugs based on these findings - very illustrative recent example is the story of vancomycin. This paper deals with an array of glycosidic compounds currently used in medicine but also with biological activity of some glycosidic metabolites of the known drugs. It involves glycosides of vitamins, polyphenolic glycosides (flavonoids), alkaloid glycosides, glycosides in the group of antibiotics, glycopeptides, cardiac glycosides, steroid and terpenoid glycosides etc. The physiological role of the glycosyl and structure-activity relations (SAR) in the glycosidic moiety (-ies) are discussed.

Keywords: glycosides, glycosidic residue, glycosylation, vitamins, polyphenilic glycoside flavonoids, alkaloid glycisides, antibiotics, glycopeptides, cardiac glycosides, glycisidic antibiotics, aminoglycoside antibiotics

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