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Editor-in-Chief: Natalia Ortúzar

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Online ISSN: 1860-7187

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemBioChem, Medicinal Research Reviews, Molecular Informatics

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September 23, 2014

Diederich to Give Bohlmann Lecture

Diederich to Give Bohlmann LectureCongratulations to François Diederich (ETH Zürich), who will be giving this year's Bohlmann Lecture at the Technische Universität Berlin in November. Diederich is a member of ChemMedChem's International Advisory Board, and recently reported on small-molecule inhibitors of trypanothione reductase.

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    Article first published online: 29 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201402278

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    Selectivity woven in: Polyamine spider toxins from the orb-weaver spider Nephila clavata (Joro spider) were used as templates for a structure–activity relationship study. Compounds were evaluated at AMPA and NMDA subtypes of glutamate receptors, providing novel compounds with selectivity for AMPA receptors.

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    Article first published online: 26 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201402292

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