Volume 3 Supplement 1

6th German Conference on Chemoinformatics, GCC 2010

Open Access

Confab – generation of diverse low energy conformers

Journal of Cheminformatics20113(Suppl 1):P32

DOI: 10.1186/1758-2946-3-S1-P32

Published: 19 April 2011

We present a new program for conformer generation, Confab, which aims to generate diverse low energy conformers that span the space of all possible conformations. Such conformers are required for use in fields such as docking and pharmacophore searching and generation.

Confab uses a torsion driving approach to travel through the set of systematically generated conformers selecting those which are below a particular energy cutoff and which are structurally distinct (according to a user-specified RMSD) from those conformers already selected. The RMSD is evaluated using Kabsch alignment [1] of heavy atoms and takes symmetry into account. To improve performance, the alignment is carried out using the Eigen maths library [2], an open source library with an emphasis on speed and efficiency. In addition, the initial pass through the set of conformers uses a tree data structure to minimise the number of alignments required to identify a structure as similar to a previous one.

Confab is open source, and uses the Open Babel cheminformatics toolkit [3, 4].

Authors’ Affiliations

Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, University College Cork
University of Antwerp
Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh


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