Table of Contents
Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 1, Issue 2-3, Pages 247-264

Chelating Tendencies of Bioactive Aminophosphonates

1Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Kossuth Lajos University, P.O. Box 21, Debrecen H -4010, Hungary
2Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, Technical University, Wroclaw PL 50 370, Poland

Received 3 September 1993

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The metal-binding abilities of a wide variety of bioactive aminophosphonates, from the simple aminoethanephosphonic acids to the rather large macrocyclic polyaza derivatives, are discussed with special emphasis on a comparison of the analogous carboxylic acid and phosphonic acid systems. Examples are given of the biological importance of metal ion – aminophosphonate interactions in living systems, and also of their actual and potential applicability in medicine.