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Review Metabolomics: A New Approach to Drug Delivery in Perinatology

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The purpose of this review is to describe the state of the art of the pharmacological applications in perinatal medicine and highlight how a new emerging discipline, metabolomics, may have a significant impact on understanding complex biological processes associated with the drugs actions. Currently, there is great demand for new information regarding the use of drugs, especially during the perinatal period in order to minimize the occurrence of adverse drug reactions and to maximize the desired therapeutic effect. Metabolomics is a functional genomic tool concerned with the high-throughput identification, quantification and characterization of small molecule metabolites. This new technique has been shown to have a great impact on classifying phenotypes, investigation of physiological status, diagnosing disease, measuring the response to treatment, discovering biomarkers, and identifying perturbed pathways due to disease or treatment. Metabolic profiles appear to be a key factor in predicting the outcome of a pathological condition and the individual's response to a pharmacological treatment. This new systems biology tool may have important potential implication for pharmacological science, in particular drug discovery, development, and prediction of the drug’s effects on the body by explaining the mechanisms by which drug response causes adverse effects.

Keywords: NSAIDs; Pharmacology; adverse drug reactions; drug delivery; ductus arteriosus; indometacin; metabolomics; perinatal pharmacology; preterm newborn; prophylaxis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2012

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  • Current Medicinal Chemistry covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design. Each issue contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of the current topics in medicinal chemistry. Current Medicinal Chemistry is an essential journal for every medicinal chemist who wishes to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.

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