primary metabolism

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metabolic processes central to most cells, for example, biosynthesis of macromolecules, energy production, turnover.
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The assays help predict primary metabolism in the liver, enabling researchers to identify early in the drug discovery process whether a compound is stable in a natural environment, metabolized too fast or at a pharmacologically acceptable rate, and assess important elements of the compound's likely toxicity and side effect profile--all characteristics that can be considered in a lead optimization program.

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