Provides an introduction to the complex chemistry of heterocycles and an overview of the many and varied applications of this versatile class of compounds. The only book to examine the multidisciplinary applications of heterocycles, it features descriptions of the impact of heterocyclic compounds in living organisms: in the structure of DNA, enzymes and proteins, vitamins and antibodies and their role in plants and animals. The use of the compounds in the chemical industry is also covered. It is written in non-technical language by top researchers and includes problems at the end of each chapter.
Table of Contents
Molecular Rings Studded with Jewels. Why Nature Prefers Heterocycles. Heterocycles and Hereditary Information. Enzymes, Coenzymes and Vitamins. Heterocycles and Bioenergetics. Heterocycles and Photosynthesis. Heterocycles and Health. Heterocycles in Agriculture. Heterocycles in Industry and Technology. Modern Trends and Prospects of Development. The Origin of Heterocycles. Conclusion. Answers and References to Selected Problems. Index.