Structure—Function Relations of Natural Toxins and Nerve Agents: An Overview

  • Anthony T. Tu
  • William Gaffield
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPP)


Nature has endowed mankind with sources of an extraordinarily rich array of complex molecular structures and assemblies possessing functions that range from gene regulation and signal transduction to photosynthesis and protein biosynthesis (1). The creation of diverse collections of chemical structures followed by critical selection of specific molecules exhibiting a desired biological property allows the evolution of new molecular functions. As the structures and molecular mechanisms involved in the biological processes are elaborated and understood, the insights gleaned, as well as the processes themselves, can be combined with the tools of the physical and biological sciences to create new and novel molecules that incorporate functions found neither in Nature or the laboratory.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony T. Tu
    • 1
  • William Gaffield
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Western Regional Research CenterU.S. Department of AgricultureAlbanyUSA

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