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ChemAxon's Chemical Terms is a language for adding advanced chemical intelligence to cheminformatics applications.

Chemical Terms provides chemistry and mathematical functions including:

  • property predictions
  • functional group recognition
  • isomer enumeration
  • conformer selection
  • ring and distance based topological functions
  • other electronical, steric and structural functions.

The functions are integrated via an open plugin interface providing dynamic loading, easy extension and programmatic access. 

The Chemical Terms expressions can be used in various ChemAxon applications including JChem Base CTChemical Terms - JChem CartridgeInstant JChem CTChemical Terms - Reactor etc.; in custom applications via the API, or from command line using the Chemical Terms Evaluator tool.


Some brief examples of applying the Chemical Terms language are:

  • Search filters calculated on the fly:  
heteroAromaticRingCount() < 4 and
rotatableBondCount() <= 10;
  • Storing calculated properties in a database column:
mass() <= 500 and
logP() <= 5 and
donorCount() <= 5 and
acceptorCount() <= 10
  • Goal function for random evolutionary drug design:
dissimilarity("ChemicalFingerprint", actives) - 
dissimilarity("PharmacophoreFingerprint", actives) > 0.6
  • Reactitvity rule for determine activated ring systems in a virtual reaction:
charge(ratom(1), "aromaticsystem") <= -0.2

 


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