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This manual gives you a walk-through on how to use the Solubility Predictor:


Usage


The Solubility Predictor is currently available in three ways.
 

MarvinSketch
 

The solubility predictor is integrated into Marvin Sketch as a plugin, which makes prediction fast and easy. The Solubility Plugin can be reached via the Calculations > Solubility > Aqueous Solubility menu item. 

 

Menu system

 

The menu system of the Solubility Plugin has File, Options and Help menu items. 

File menu

The File menu can be used to export the results into PDF, or to close the result window.

  •  Export to PDF: exports the results into a PDF file, which can be used as a report.
  • Exit: closes the result window.


Options menu
 

The Options menu can be used to set the options of the solubility calculation.

  • Measurement Unit: sets the solubility measurement unit. This can be logS (default), mol/l, or mg/ml.
  • Restore default settings: restores the default settings of the calculation.

Help menu
 

The Help menu opens the help guide of the predictor.

 

Result window
 

The result window displays the pH-logS plot and a table with prediction results given in one of the following ways :

  • Solubility information: displays intrinsic solubility value, solubility at pH 7.4 and a qualitative solubility category. These categories are:
    • low: if solubility is < 0.01 mg/ml
    • moderate: if solubility is between 0.01 and 0.06 mg/ml
    • high: if solubility is > 0.06 mg/ml 
       

About qualitative categories

These categories are determined based on intrinsic solubility values. 

  • pH-Solubility table: displays a table containing the predicted pH-solubility values.
     

Fig. 4 The Solubility Plugin result window in MarvinSketch
 

 

cxcalc

 

The solubility predictor is integrated into the cxcalc command line tool. The command syntax is

cxcalc [general options] [input files/strings] logs [logs options] [input files/strings]

 

where the logS options are the following:

logs options: 
    -h  --help           this help message
    -U  --unit           measurement unit  [mg/ml | mol/l | logS] (default:
                         logS)
    -i  --intrinsic      intrinsic solubility (default: false)
    -c  --category       solubility category (default: false)
    -H  --pH              solubility at this pH (default: not set)
    -l  --lower           (default: 0)
    -u  --upper           (default: 14)
    -s  --step            (default: 1)

 

Some examples on how to use the solubility predictor via cxcalc:

  • Calculating intrinsic solubility and solubility at pH 7.4 for compounds:

    cxcalc logs -i true -H 7.4 molecules.smiles
  • Calculating solubility values between pH 7.0 and 13.0 in mol/l unit:

    cxcalc logs -U mol/l -l 7.0 -u 13.0 molecules.smiles
  • Predicting qualitative solubility category:

    cxcalc logs -c true test.mol

Chemical Terms 

 

The Solubility Predictor is also integrated into ChemAxon's Chemical Terms language. The solubility can be calculated by the logS() function that has two parameters:

  • A unit parameter, which could be 'mg/ml', 'mol/l', 'logS', or 'category'. In case of 'category' is used, qualitative solubility is calculated. If no unit parameter is given, logS unit is used.
  • pH parameter, which is a real number (e.g. '7.4') and sets the pH for solublity calculation. If no pH parameter is given, intrinsic solubility is calculated.

The following examples show how the functions above can be used with the Chemical Terms evaluator command line tool:

  • Calculating intrinsic solubility for acetic acid in logS unit:

    evaluate -e "logS()" "CC(O)=O"
  • Calculating solubility at pH 7.0 in mol/l unit:

    evaluate -e "logS('7.0', 'mol/l')" molecule.mol
  • Determining qualitative solubility category at pH 7.4:

    evaluate -e "logS('7.4', 'category')" molecule.mol

KNIME

 

Solubility prediction is also available as a node in the KNIME workflow management system. All options that are available for solubility prediction are also available in KNIME. The pictures below show the General and Advanced Options of the node:

Fig. 5 General options of the Solubility KNIME node

 

Fig. 6 Advanced options of the Solubility KNIME node

 

Example 

 

The following simple KNIME workflow is an example of how to predict solubility using KNIME nodes:

Fig. 7 Simple workflow for calculating solubility in KNIME

 

In this workflow the importer node provides the molecules for the solubility node. The solubility node is set to calculate the intrinsic qualitative and quantitative solubility for the input molecules.

The output in this case is a MarvinView node that is used to view the molecules with the calculated solubility values.  

The picture above shows the state of the nodes before the running of the whole workflow.

 

The first few lines of the output viewed in the MarvinView node:

Fig. 8 First few lines of the output of the solubility calculation

 

API

 

The Solubility Plugin API with usage examples can be reached here

 

Solubility Predictor demo page 

 

You can try the Solubility Predictor for free on this demo page


Theoretical background material


If you are curious about the theoretical background of the Solubility Predictor, you can find a detailed description here.


Known issues


The following list collects the known issues of the logS Predictor that are not solved yet. 


  1. The logS Predictor can't handle special type of salts that show zwitterionic behaviour in a certain pH range. This issue was found in v. 17.29. 

    Example

    The chloride salt rhodamine B is zwitterionic in the basic pH range (when pH > 7), which should be taken into account and a solubility should be calculated. However, as the N+ atom in the input form can't be neutralized, we handle it as a salt, and we don't calculate solubility for it.



    Fig. 9. The zwitterionic form of rhodamine B


References
 

 1. Hou, T. J.; Xia, K.; Zhang, W.; Xu, X. J. ADME Evaluation in Drug Discovery. 4. Prediction of Aqueous Solubility Based on Atom Contribuition Approach. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 200444, 266-275

 2. Shoghi, E.; Fuguet, E.; Bosch, E.; Rafols, C. Solubility-pH profiles of some acidic, basic and amphoteric drugs European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2013, 48, 291-300