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Quantifying the shifts in physicochemical property space introduced by the metabolism of small organic molecules
Journal of Cheminformatics volume 5, Article number: O12 (2013)
Understanding the metabolic fate of small organic molecules is of fundamental importance to the successful design and development of drugs, nutritional supplements, cosmetics and agrochemicals [1, 2]. In the current study we investigated how the products of metabolism differ from their parent molecules by analysing a large dataset of experimentally determined metabolic transformations (Figure 1). This dataset was split into three specific chemical domains representing approved drug molecules, human metabolites and molecules from traditional Chinese medicines to allow individual analysis. We also quantified the impact of individual Phase I and Phase II metabolic reactions on calculated chemical descriptors using MetaPrint2D  and suggest new approaches to utilise metabolism for the design of drugs and cosmetics. The last section of this study investigates the properties of metabolites found in the bile, faeces and urine and analyses their commonalities and differences.
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Kirchmair, J., Howlett, A., Peironcely, J. et al. Quantifying the shifts in physicochemical property space introduced by the metabolism of small organic molecules. J Cheminform 5, O12 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1758-2946-5-S1-O12
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