Enantiomers – Image | Mirror Image

Enantiomers – Image | Mirror Image

Chirality has a huge impact on the chemistry of a molecule. Due to potentially different physiological effects, pharmaceutical compounds are often used as enantiomerically pure compounds. One enantiomer can act as a healing agent, the other might be toxic to humans. Crazy, right? It makes sense, if you think of how pharmaceuticals work in principle. They bind to receptors, which trigger something in the brain or somewhere else in the human body. These receptors have a special chemical specificity and only the active compounds fit and bind correctly with it. A receptor is a 3D body and thereby is dependent on the stereochemistry of the compounds.

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