Byrne, RyanShow all
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The discovery of novel ligand chemotypes allows to explore uncharted regions in chemical space, thereby potentially improving synthetic accessibility, potency, and the drug-likeness of molecules. Here, we demonstrate the scaffold-hopping ability of the new Weighted Holistic Atom Localization and Entity Shape (WHALES) molecular descriptors compared to seven state-of-the-art molecular representations on 30,000 compounds and 182 biological targets. In a prospective application, we apply WHALES to the discovery of novel retinoid X receptor (RXR) modulators. WHALES descriptors identified four agonists with innovative molecular scaffolds, populating uncharted regions of the chemical space. One of the agonists, possessing a rare non-acidic chemotype, revealed high selectivity on 12 nuclear receptors and comparable efficacy as bexarotene on induction of ATP-binding cassette transporter A1, angiopoietin like protein 4 and apolipoprotein E. The outcome of this research supports WHALES as an innovative tool to explore novel regions of the chemical space and to detect novel bioactive chemotypes by straightforward similarity searching. Show more
Journal / seriesScientific Reports
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
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