Medicinal Chemistry News for December 2018

Medicinal Chemistry News Archive

The vanished mirror image

Photochemical deracemization of chiral compounds achieved. Enantiomeric molecules resemble each other like right and left hands. Both variants normally arise in chemical reactions. But frequently only one of the two forms is effectual in biology and medicine. Hitherto, completely converting this mixture into the desired enantiomer was deemed impossible. Deploying a photochemical method, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now achieved this feat.