Natural product-likeness score revisited: an open-source, open-data implementation
1 Chemoinformatics and Metabolism, European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Cambridge, UK
2 Institute for Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics, University of Applied Sciences of Gelsenkirchen, Germany
3 Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, , Switzerland
BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13:106 doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-106Published: 20 May 2012
Natural product-likeness of a molecule, i.e. similarity of this molecule to the structure space covered by natural products, is a useful criterion in screening compound libraries and in designing new lead compounds. A closed source implementation of a natural product-likeness score, that finds its application in virtual screening, library design and compound selection, has been previously reported by one of us. In this note, we report an open-source and open-data re-implementation of this scoring system, illustrate its efficiency in ranking small molecules for natural product likeness and discuss its potential applications.
The Natural-Product-Likeness scoring system is implemented as Taverna 2.2 workflows, and is available under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License at http://www.myexperiment.org/packs/183.html webcite. It is also available for download as executable standalone java package from http://sourceforge.net/projects/np-likeness/ webciteunder Academic Free License.
Our open-source, open-data Natural-Product-Likeness scoring system can be used as a filter for metabolites in Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation or to select natural-product-like molecules from molecular libraries for the use as leads in drug discovery.