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Doel vak

To get familiar with the biochemical and physiological processes
underlying the pharmacokinetics and adverse side effects of drugs,
and strategies to improve ADMET-properties by structural modification

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Of the thousands of novel compounds that are developed by drug discovery
project teams, only a fraction have the appropriate pharmacokinetic
properties to become a drug product. Pharmacokinetics is determined by
the complex processes involved in absorption (A), distribution (D),
metabolism (M) and excretion (E) of the drug, the so-called ADME-
processes. Furthermore, 20% of the drug entering the clinical
development phase fail, because of unwanted/toxic (T) side-effects.
In this course, the students will be familiarized with:
• the pharmacokinetic concepts and the mathematical models by which the
time-course of plasma- and tissueconcentration of a drug can be
described and which plays an important role in identification of the
pharmacokinetic defect(s) of a drug.
• experimental and computational approaches used to predict the ADMET-
properties of a new chemical entity;
• the relationship between physico-chemical properties (pKa, logP, logD,
solubility, permeability, etc) and ADME-properties, and analytical-
chemical approaches to determine physico-chemical properties;
• role of drug metabolism and transporters in pharmacokinetics:
metabolic stability, drug-drug interactions, active metabolites, genetic
• strategies to improve ADME-properties by structural modification of
• Covalent drugs


lectures and case studies.


Written exam and case reports.


Recommended book: ‘Drug-like properties: concepts, structure design and
From ADME to Toxicity optimization.’ Eds. E.H. Kerns and L. Di,
Academic Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-1236-9520-8.

Additional course material will be provided via Canvas


E-var, mDDS-M-var

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Algemene informatie

Vakcode X_432721
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.N.M. Commandeur
Examinator dr. J.N.M. Commandeur
Docenten dr. J. Kool
dr. J.N.M. Commandeur
dr. D.J. Scholten
dr. S.J. Dekker

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