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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Multi-Objective Optimization Methods in De Novo Drug Design

Author(s): C. A. Nicolaou, C. Kannas and E. Loizidou

Volume 12, Issue 10, 2012

Page: [979 - 987] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/138955712802762284

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De-novo drug design (DND) is a complex procedure, requiring the satisfaction of many pharmaceutically important objectives. Several computational methodologies employing various optimization approaches have been developed to search for satisfactory solutions to this multi-objective problem varying from composite methods, which transform the problem to a single objective one to Pareto methods searching for numerous solutions compromising the objectives. In this review we initially focus on the DND problem and the challenges it poses to computational methods, followed by an examination of the reported methodologies and specific applications. Emphasis is placed on the multiobjective nature of the problem, related considerations and the solutions proposed by the drug discovery community.

Keywords: Multi-objective optimization, de novo design, drug discovery.

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