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ABSTRACT: A novel pharmacophore definition procedure is described, which uses a Monte Carlo method to superimpose molecules. Pharmacophore space is searched by a technique similar to high temperature annealing. Subsequent refinement of candidate pharmacophores by energy minimization produces low-energy conformations that may be involved in receptor binding. The method has been applied to compounds that bind to the human platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor. Alternative binding site models for the PAF receptor are presented and discussed.
Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design 11/1993; 7(5):515-34. · 3.17 Impact Factor