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Surface Activity in Drug Action

Surface activity is present in living systems; for example in body fluid or cell soup and molecules of surface-active nature are crucial to living matter and its organization. Surface Activity in Drug Action proposes "a liquid membrane hypothesis of drug action" for surface-active drugs. Chapters 1-7 contains an account of the hypothesis and chapter 8 contains a general account of the application of surface activity in therapeutics. The methodology and presentation of the information makes Surface Activity in Drug Action valuable reading for students and researchers interested in surface activity.

Graduate students, scientists and researchers working in biological chemistry

Hardbound, 340 Pages

Published: March 2005

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-51715-9


  • Chapter 1. Introduction and scope
    1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Surface activity of drugs
    2.1. Analgesics
    2.2. Antimicorbials
    2.3. Drugs acting on autonomic nervous system
    2.4. Antihistamines
    2.5. Drugs affecting renal and cardiovascular function
    2.6. Drugs acting on central nervous system
    2.7. Miscellaneous

    Chapter 3. Theories of drug action
    3.1. Commonly used terms
    3.2. Theories of drug action
    3.3. Occupancy theory

    Chapter 4. The liquid membrane hypothesis of drug action
    4.1. The liquid membrane hypothesis
    4.2. The liquid membrane hypothesis of drug action

    Chapter 5. Liquid membranes as biomimetic system
    5.1. Introduction
    5.2. Liquid membranes from cholesterol, lecithinand lecithin-cholesterol mixtures
    5.3. Mimicking light-induced transport
    5.4. Hydrophilic Pathways
    5.5. Mimicking electrical excitability of liquid membrane bilayers

    Chapter 6. Role of liquid membranes in drug action-experimental studies
    6.1. The design of experiments
    6.2. Experimental studies

    Chapter 7. Assessment of the Hypothesis
    7.1. Implications of the hypothesis
    7.2. The liquid membrane hypothesis vis-a-vis existing-theories of drug actions

    Chapter 8. Application of surface activity in therapeutics
    8.1. Drug Absorption
    8.2. Solublizing agents
    8.3. Dissolution
    8.4. Drug stabilization
    8.5. Surfactants in drug targeting
    8.6. Surfactants as wetting agents
    8.7. Synergistic effects
    8.8. Prodrugs
    8.9. Surfactants and drug delivery


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