[Application of methyl in drug design].

Yao xue xue bao = Acta pharmaceutica Sinica

PubMedID: 24187825

Wang J, Sun HF, Lin DZ, Liu H, Lian J. [Application of methyl in drug design]. Yao Xue Xue Bao. 2013;48(8):1195-208.
The methyl group plays an important role in the rational drug design. Introducing methyl into small molecules has become an important strategy of lead compound optimization. The application of methyl in drug design is reviewed in this paper. Methyl can modulate the physicochemical, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacokinetic properties by ortho effect, inductive effect, and conformational effect. It also improves the metabolic stability as a soft metabolic point. In addition, introducing methyl into drug molecules can also be applied as a strategy in new uses of old drugs and generate me-too drugs.