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Scalable Methods for the Construction and Analysis of Virtual Combinatorial Libraries

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One can distinguish between two kinds of virtual combinatorial libraries: ”viable“ and ”accessible“. Viable libraries are relatively small in size, are assembled from readily available reagents that have been filtered by the medicinal chemist, and often have a physical counterpart. Conversely, accessible libraries can encompass millions or billions of structures, typically include all possible reagents that are in principle compatible with a particular reaction scheme, and they can never be physically synthesized in their entirety. Although the analysis of viable virtual libraries is relatively straightforward, the handling of large accessible libraries requires methods that scale well with respect to library size. In this work, we present novel, efficient and scalable techniques for the construction, analysis, and in silico screening of massive virtual combinatorial libraries.
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Keywords: Virtual combinatorial libraries; combinatorial chemistry; compound selection; high-throughput screening; library design; molecular diversity; molecular similarity; multidimensional scaling; nonliner mapping; qsar

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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  • Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening publishes full length original research articles and reviews describing various topics in combinatorial chemistry (e.g. small molecules, peptide, nucleic acid or phage display libraries) and/or high throughput screening (e.g. developmental, practical or theoretical). Ancillary subjects of key importance, such as robotics and informatics, will also be covered by the journal. In these respective subject areas, Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening is intended to function as the most comprehensive and up-to-date medium available. The journal should be of value to individuals engaged in the process of drug discoveryand development, in the settings of industry, academia or government.
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