An application of recursive cascade correlation (CC) neural networks to quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) studies is presented, with emphasis on the study of the internal representations developed by the neural networks. Recursive CC is a neural network model recently proposed for the processing of structured data. It allows the direct handling of chemical compounds as labeled ordered directed graphs, and constitutes a novel approach to QSAR. The adopted representation of molecular structure captures, in a quite general and flexible way, significant topological aspects and chemical functionalities for each specific class of molecules showing a particular chemical reactivity or biological activity. A class of 1,4-benzodiazepin-2-ones is analyzed by the proposed approach. It compares favorably versus the traditional QSAR treatment based on equations. To show the ability of the model in capturing most of the structural features that account for the biological activity, the internal representations developed by the networks are analyzed by principal component analysis. This analysis shows that the networks are able to discover relevant structural features just on the basis of the association between the molecular morphology and the target property (affinity).
|Autori:||A. MICHELI; A. SPERDUTI; A. STARITA; BIANUCCI A|
|Titolo:||Analysis of the Internal Representations Developed By Neural Networks for Structures Applied to Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Benzodiazepines|
|Anno del prodotto:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/ci9903399|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|