Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 3–8 | Cite as

Pharmacochemical aspects of leprosy

Recent developments and prospects for new drugs
  • P. van Saane
  • H. Timmerman
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From a pharmacochemical point of view the existing anti-leprotics as well as possible innovations in the chemotherapy of leprosy are discussed. Of the main anti-leprotics, which are used nowadays — dapsone, rifampicin, clofazimine, isoniazide, ethionamide and prothionamide — the mechanism of action, the main problems in their application and possibilities to develop improved variants are reviewed. Based on the chemistry ofMycobacterium leprae, the target systems for new anti-leprotics are identified. These systems include the cell wall, the catabolism of reactive oxygen species, the metabolisms of carbon sources, the amino acid metabolism and the uptake of iron. Two possible new lead structures from other fields, 4-quinolones and mycobacterial ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors are presented.


Biochemistry Clofazimine Dapsone Ethionamide Isoniazide Mechanism of action Mycobacterium leprae Prothionamide Quinolones Ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors Rifampicin 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. van Saane
    • 1
  • H. Timmerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of PharmacochemistryFree UniversityHV AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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