Toward prediction of alkane/water partition coefficients

J Med Chem. 2008 Jul 10;51(13):3720-30. doi: 10.1021/jm701549s. Epub 2008 Jun 18.


Partition coefficients were measured for 47 compounds in the hexadecane/water ( P hxd) and 1-octanol/water ( P oct) systems. Some types of hydrogen bond acceptor presented by these compounds to the partitioning systems are not well represented in the literature of alkane/water partitioning. The difference, DeltalogP, between logP oct and logP hxd is a measure of the hydrogen bonding potential of a molecule and is identified as a target for predictive modeling. Minimized molecular electrostatic potential ( V min) was shown to be an effective predictor of the contribution of hydrogen bond acceptors to DeltalogP. Carbonyl oxygen atoms were found to be stronger hydrogen bond acceptors for their electrostatic potential than heteroaromatic nitrogen or oxygen bound to hypervalent sulfur or nitrogen. Values of V min calculated for hydrogen-bonded complexes were used to explore polarization effects. Predicted logP hxd and DeltalogP were shown to be more effective than logP oct for modeling brain penetration for a data set of 18 compounds.

MeSH terms

  • Alkanes / chemistry*
  • Central Nervous System
  • Molecular Structure
  • Static Electricity
  • Surface Properties
  • Water / chemistry*


  • Alkanes
  • Water