FAF-Drugs4: free ADME-tox filtering computations for chemical biology and early stages drug discovery

Bioinformatics. 2017 Nov 15;33(22):3658-3660. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx491.


Motivation: Identification of small molecules that could be interesting starting points for drug discovery or to investigate a biological system as in chemical biology endeavours is both time consuming and costly. In silico approaches that assist the design of quality compound collections or help to prioritize molecules before synthesis or purchase are therefore valuable. Here quality refers to the selection of molecules that pass one or several selected filters that can be tuned by the users according to the project and the stage of the project. These filters can involve prediction of physicochemical properties, search for toxicophores or other unwanted chemical groups.

Results: FAF-Drugs4 is a novel version of our online server dedicated to the preparation and annotation of compound collections. The tool is now faster and several parameters have been optimized. In addition, a new service referred to as FAF-QED, an implementation of the quantitative estimate of drug-likeness method, is now available.

Availability and implementation: The server is available at http://fafdrugs4.mti.univ-paris-diderot.fr.

Contact: Bruno.Villoutreix@inserm.fr.

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / instrumentation
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Drug Discovery / instrumentation
  • Drug Discovery / methods*
  • Software*