The development of organic reactions that covalently modify biological matter in complex biological mixtures has become an invaluable asset in drug discovery. Out of the techniques developed to date, optically controlled chemistries are of particular utility owing to both the spatiotemporal control afforded by optical control as well as the impressive array of transformations that are driven by the highly reactive intermediates generated upon excitation. This minireview discusses recent advances in the development of photochemical reactions for use in complex mixtures and highlights key considerations for future photochemical reaction designs.
Funding source: NIGMS funded Sensory Biology COBREhttp://dx.doi.org./10.13039/100000057
Award Identifier / Grant number: P20 GM121310
We thank the NIGMS-funded Wyoming Sensory Biology COBRE program (P20 GM121310) for support.
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Research funding: This review was supported by NIGMS funded Sensory Biology COBRE program (P20 GM121310).
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