New Developments in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume: 1

General Aspects of Molecular Interaction Fields in Drug Design

Author(s): Vinicius Barreto da Silva, Jonathan Resende de Almeida and Carlos Henrique Tomich de Paula da Silva

Pp: 70-78 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805127411001010070

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Computational techniques are effective tools for aiding the drug design process. Computational chemistry can be used to predict physicochemical properties, energies, biding modes, interactions and a wide amount of helpful data in lead discovery and optimization. The interactions formed between a ligand and a molecular target structure can be represented by molecular interaction fields (MIF). The MIF identify regions of a molecule where specific chemical groups can interact favorably, suggesting interaction sites with other molecules. In this context the MIF theory has been extensively used in drug discovery projects with a variety of applications, including QSAR, virtual screening, prediction of pharmacokinetic properties and determination of ligand binding sites in protein target structures.

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