Author: Hiromichi Nagasawa
Publication date: February 27, 2015
Hard cover: 208 pages
Size: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.2 cm
About the author: Hiromichi Nagasawa is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo.
＆nbsp;＆nbsp;This book aims at focusing on chemistry of organic compounds controlling
the body of organisms in minute quantities in various ways, so-called “bioactive
compounds”. Bioactive compounds are important not only as key compounds in
life but also as basic compounds for direct application to medicines and
agrochemicals. As indicated in Appendix, a number of bioactive compounds have
been good targets for Nobel Prize (chemistry and medicine). This means that the
discovery of important compounds was highly evaluated and such compounds
contributed to the development of science.
This book was written in order for students to be able to learn with interest
about bioorganic chemistry focusing on bioactive compounds, according to my
lecture notebooks. The content of this book consists of the following four
chapters. In Chapter 1, the origin of natural organic compounds and purification
methods of some representative bioactive compounds are described. In Chapter
2, bioactive compounds are classified from the view of biosynthesis. In Chapters
3 and 4, endogenous and exogenous bioactive compounds, respectively, are
classified by the point of function and their chemistry and explained.