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Internet technology offers an excellent opportunity for the development of tools by the cooperative effort of various groups and institutions. We have developed a multi-platform software system, Virtual Computational Chemistry Laboratory, http://www.vcclab.org, allowing the computational chemist to perform a comprehensive series of molecular(More)
This paper deals with the problem of evaluating the predictive ability of QSAR models and continues the discussion about proper estimates of the predictive ability from an external evaluation set reported in Schüürmann G., Ebert R.-U., et al. External Validation and Prediction Employing the Predictive Squared Correlation Coefficient--Test Set Activity Mean(More)
Novel molecular descriptors based on a leverage matrix similar to that defined in statistics and usually used for regression diagnostics are presented. This leverage matrix, called Molecular Influence Matrix (MIM), is here proposed as a new molecular representation easily calculated from the spatial coordinates of the molecule atoms in a chosen(More)
Quantitative structure-activity relationship modeling is one of the major computational tools employed in medicinal chemistry. However, throughout its entire history it has drawn both praise and criticism concerning its reliability, limitations, successes, and failures. In this paper, we discuss (i) the development and evolution of QSAR; (ii) the current(More)
The recently proposed WHIM (Weighted Holistic Invariant Molecular) approach [Todeschini, R., Lasagni, M. and Marengo, E., J. Chemometrics, 8 (1994) 263] has been applied to molecular surfaces to derive new 3D theoretical descriptors, called MS-WHIM. To test their reliability, a 3D QSAR study has been performed on a series of steroids, comparing the MS-WHIM(More)
The European REACH regulation requires information on ready biodegradation, which is a screening test to assess the biodegradability of chemicals. At the same time REACH encourages the use of alternatives to animal testing which includes predictions from quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models. The aim of this study was to build QSAR(More)
Due to the relevance that molecular descriptors are constantly gaining in several scientific fields, software for the calculation of molecular descriptors have become very important tools for the scientists. In this paper, the main characteristics of DRAGON software for the calculation of molecular descriptors are shortly illustrated.
Assessing the sensitivity of different species to chemicals is one of the key points in predicting the effects of toxic compounds in the environment. Trait-based predicting methods have proved to be extremely efficient for assessing the sensitivity of macroinvertebrates toward compounds with non specific toxicity (narcotics). Nevertheless, predicting the(More)
BACKGROUND Humans are exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals in the environment. Some chemicals mimic natural endocrine hormones and, thus, have the potential to be endocrine disruptors. Most of these chemicals have never been tested for their ability to interact with the estrogen receptor (ER). Risk assessors need tools to prioritize chemicals for(More)