Identification of a series of novel derivatives as potent HCV inhibitors by a ligand-based virtual screening optimized procedure
Koutentis, Panayiotis Andreas
SourceBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
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This paper presents the results of a ligand-based virtual screening optimized procedure on 98 compounds which have been recently evaluated as inhibitors of genotype 1 HCV polymerase. First, quantitative structure-activity patterns are investigated for the selected compounds and then structural modifications are proposed to afford novel active patterns. An accurate and reliable QSAR model involving five descriptors that is able to predict successfully the HCV inhibitory potency against genotype 1 HCV polymerase is presented. Furthermore, the effects of various structural modifications on biological activity are investigated and biological activities of novel structures are estimated using the developed QSAR model. More specifically a search for optimized pharmacophore patterns by insertions, substitutions, and ring fusions of pharmacophoric substituents of the main building block scaffolds is described. The detection of the domain of applicability defines compounds whose estimations can be accepted with confidence. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.