Structure-Activity Landscape Index: Identifying and Quantifying Activity Cliffs

Abstract

A new method for analyzing a structure-activity relationship is proposed. By use of a simple quantitative index, one can readily identify "structure-activity cliffs": pairs of molecules which are most similar but have the largest change in activity. We show how this provides a graphical representation of the entire SAR, in a way that allows the salient features of the SAR to be quickly grasped. In addition, the approach allows us view the SARs in a data set at different levels of detail. The method is tested on two data sets that highlight its ability to easily extract SAR information. Finally, we demonstrate that this method is robust using a variety of computational control experiments and discuss possible applications of this technique to QSAR model evaluation.

DOI: 10.1021/ci7004093
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@article{Guha2008StructureActivityLI, title={Structure-Activity Landscape Index: Identifying and Quantifying Activity Cliffs}, author={Rajarshi Guha and John H. Van Drie}, journal={Journal of chemical information and modeling}, year={2008}, volume={48 3}, pages={646-58} }