Combining a QSAR Approach and Structural Analysis to Derive an SAR Map of Lyn Kinase Inhibition

Molecules. 2018 Dec 11;23(12):3271. doi: 10.3390/molecules23123271.


Lyn kinase, a member of the Src family of protein tyrosine kinases, is mainly expressed by various hematopoietic cells, neural and adipose tissues. Abnormal Lyn kinase regulation causes various diseases such as cancers. Thus, Lyn represents, a potential target to develop new antitumor drugs. In the present study, using 176 molecules (123 training set molecules and 53 test set molecules) known by their inhibitory activities (IC50) against Lyn kinase, we constructed predictive models by linking their physico-chemical parameters (descriptors) to their biological activity. The models were derived using two different methods: the generalized linear model (GLM) and the artificial neural network (ANN). The ANN Model provided the best prediction precisions with a Square Correlation coefficient R² = 0.92 and a Root of the Mean Square Error RMSE = 0.29. It was able to extrapolate to the test set successfully (R² = 0.91 and RMSE = 0.33). In a second step, we have analyzed the used descriptors within the models as well as the structural features of the molecules in the training set. This analysis resulted in a transparent and informative SAR map that can be very useful for medicinal chemists to design new Lyn kinase inhibitors.

Keywords: ANN; GLM; Lyn kinase; QSAR; SAR; inhibitors.

MeSH terms

  • Ligands
  • Linear Models
  • Neural Networks, Computer
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / chemistry*
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • src-Family Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • src-Family Kinases / chemistry
  • src-Family Kinases / metabolism


  • Ligands
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • lyn protein-tyrosine kinase
  • src-Family Kinases