Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume: 2

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Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry is a book series devoted to the review of areas of important topical interest to medicinal chemists and others in allied disciplines. Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry ...
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Pharmacophore Discovery - Lessons Learned

Pp. 511-532 (22)

John H. van Drie


Pharmacophore discovery is one of the major elements of molecular modeling in the absence of X-ray structural data. While pharmacophores initially made their debut as a means for lead discovery, more recent refinements have brought them into the domain of lead optimization, e.g. as a means to define the molecular alignment in 3D-QSAR. In this review, the experiences of over a decade of confronting and solving the challenges of pharmacophore discovery applied to actual drug discovery are summarized. Also, practical tips are described for using the author's methodology for pharmacophore discovery, DANTE.


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