primary metabolism

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metabolic processes central to most cells, for example, biosynthesis of macromolecules, energy production, turnover.
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No date is noted for the first edition; the second includes new chapters on products of primary metabolism, the conversion of renewable resources to fine chemicals, and other topics.
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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