Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics Molekularbiologie, Biochemie und Biophysik

Inhibitors of Nucleic Acid Synthesis

Biophysical and Biochemical Aspects

Authors: Kersten, H., Kersten, W.

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During the last decade physical and chemical methods have improved rapidly - a fact which allowed the mode of action of antibiotics to be studied - and many biochemically-oriented scientists have devoted their research to the following questions: 1. What is the metabolic pathway that is inhibited selectively, and what are the target molecules within a sensitive cell? 2. What are the relationships between the chemical structure of an antibiotic and the physicochemical properties of the sensitive moleĀ­ cule(s)? 3. Why and how far is the action selective? 4. Is it possible to correlate the interaction with the target moleĀ­ cule(s) with the particular biological activities observed? This monograph deals with those antibiotics which interfere with the biosynthesis of nucleic acids. The idea was to provide an insight into how to investigate the preceding questions experimentally and to solve as yet unresolved problems rather than to give a review of the current state of knowledge. Although the biochemistry of nucleic acid synthesis is known in general, the precise molecular mechanisms by which deoxyribonucleic acid is replicated or transcribed has still to be clarified. For this reason it is not yet possible to describe the molecular mechanisms by which the inhibitors of nucleic acid and protein synthesis exhibit their effects. The fact that the inhibitors of nucleic acid and protein synthesis themselves served as useful tools to obtain an insight into the mechanisms of replication, transcription and translation was one of the most exciting discoveries in this field.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inhibitors of Nucleic Acid Synthesis
Book Subtitle
Biophysical and Biochemical Aspects
Series Title
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics Molekularbiologie, Biochemie und Biophysik
Series Volume
18
Copyright
1974
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-80855-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-80855-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-80857-9
Series ISSN
0077-0221
Edition Number
1
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