Drug Discov Ther. 2015;9(2):79-87. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2015.01028)

Carbohydrate drugs: current status and development prospect.

Zhang Y, Wang FS


In recent years, there has been a great effort devoted to the investigation of the roles of carbohydrates in various essential biological processes and the development of carbohydrates to therapeutic drugs. This review summarizes the carbohydrate drugs which have been recorded in several pharmacopoeias, marketed, and under development. A prospect of the future development of carbohydrate drugs is discussed as well.

KEYWORDS: Carbohydrate drugs, pharmacopoeia, carbohydrate modification, carbohydrate vaccine, oligosaccharide synthesis

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