Chem-Bio Informatics Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-0442
Print ISSN : 1347-6297
A Novel Fragment Recommendation Workflow using Direct and Indirect Transfer of SAR According to Integrated Similarities of Scaffold Motifs and SAR Trends: Application to Identifying Factor Xa Inhibitors
Tsukasa IshiharaKenichi MoriRyosuke MunakataAyako Moritomo
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2017 Volume 17 Pages 1-18


Here we report a new drug design workflow that facilitates the transfer of structure-activity relationships (SARs) and recommends alternative fragments from SAR databases. We first prepare two collections of matched molecular series (MMS) comprising a query set of compounds with their SARs and a set derived from reference SAR databases. The second step detects MMS from the reference SAR sources, which identifies profiles similar to a query MMS according to integrated similarities of scaffold shapes and SAR trends. The third step enumerates new compounds with improved activity profiles compared with a query compound computed using a collaborative filtering algorithm. Our workflow detected direct and latent relationships between a query MMS and those derived from the reference SAR sources. Retrospective application of this workflow to the identification of factor Xa inhibitors yielded recommendations with higher predictive accuracy than a conventional quantitative SAR technique. Moreover, potent S1 binding elements were identified using SAR knowledge independent of information about ligand-protein complexes.

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