Strategy of computer-aided drug design

Curr Drug Targets Infect Disord. 2003 Mar;3(1):33-40. doi: 10.2174/1568005033342145.


Modern strategies of computer-aided drug design (CADD) are reviewed. The task of CADD in the pipeline of drug discovery is accelerating of finding the new lead compounds and their structure optimization for the following pharmacological tests. The main directions in CADD are based on the availability of the experimentally determined three-dimensional structure of the target macromolecule. If spatial structure is known the methods of structure-based drug design are used. In the opposite case the indirect methods of CADD based on the structures of known ligands (ligand-based drug design) are used. The interrelationship between the main directions of CADD is reviewed. The main CADD approaches of molecule de novo design and database mining are described. They include methods of molecular docking, de novo design, design of pharmacophore and quantity structure-activity relationship models. New ways and perspectives of CADD are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer-Aided Design*
  • Computers
  • Drug Design*
  • Ligands
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Software
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Ligands