Mini-fingerprints Detect Similar Activity of Receptor Ligands Previously Recognized Only by Three-Dimensional Pharmacophore-Based Methods

Ling Xue, Florence L. Stahura, Jeffrey W. Godden, Jürgen Bajorath
2001 Journal of chemical information and computer sciences  
Mini-fingerprints (MFPs) are short binary bit string representations of molecular structure and properties, composed of few selected two-dimensional (2D) descriptors and a number of structural keys. MFPs were specifically designed to recognize compounds with similar activity. Here we report that MFPs are capable of detecting similar activities of some druglike molecules, including endothelin A antagonists and R 1 -adrenergic receptor ligands, the recognition of which was previously thought to
more » ... iously thought to depend on the use of multiple point three-dimensional (3D) pharmacophore methods. Thus, in these cases, MFPs and pharmacophore fingerprints produce similar results, although they define, in terms of their complexity, opposite ends of the spectrum of methods currently used to study molecular similarity or diversity. For each of the studied compound classes, comparison of MFP bit settings identified a consensus or signature pattern. Scaling factors can be applied to these bits in order to increase the probability of finding compounds with similar activity by virtual screening.
doi:10.1021/ci000305x pmid:11277728 fatcat:2t2vcabcxvgjdmwzaxs3rmqrvm