Understanding which type of endogenous and exogenous compounds serve as agonists for the nuclear pregnane X receptor (PXR) would be valuable for drug discovery and development, because PXR regulates a large number of genes related to xenobiotic metabolism. Although several models have been proposed to classify human PXR activators and non-activators, models with better predictability are necessary for practical purposes in drug discovery. Grid-weighted holistic invariant molecular (G-WHIM) and comparative molecular moment analysis (G-CoMMA) type 3D descriptors that contain information about the solvation free energy of target molecules were developed. With these descriptors, prediction models built using decision tree (DT)-, support vector machine (SVM)-, and Kohonen neural network (KNN)-based models exhibited better predictability than previously proposed models. Solvation free energy density-weighted G-WHIM and G-CoMMA descriptors reveal new insights into PXR ligand classification, and incorporation with machine learning methods (DT, SVM, KNN) exhibits promising results, especially SVM and KNN. SVM- and KNN-based models exhibit accuracy around 0.90, and DT-based models exhibit accuracy around 0.8 for both the training and test sets.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery