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Proposed Hydrogen-Bonding Index of Donor or Acceptor Reflecting Its Intrinsic Contribution to Hydrogen-Bonding Strength

Proposed Hydrogen-Bonding Index of Donor or Acceptor Reflecting Its Intrinsic Contribution to Hydrogen-Bonding Strength
Fu Lin, Guitao Wang, Renxiao Wang, Qing Tang, Suqing Zheng, Shaofang Xu, Yong Xu, Zhanting Li, Xiaonan Jiang
In this work, we tentatively propose that the hydrogen-bonding strength EHB (referring to the minimal hydrogen-bonding energy) and its corresponding hydrogen-bond (HB) distance (referring to the optimal HB distance dHB) for simple mono-HB systems have an exponential relationship on the basis of MP2 and DFT computational results. We take a step further and propose that the hydrogen-bonding indices of the donor (Idonor) and acceptor (Iacceptor), reflecting their intrinsic contributions to hydrogen-bonding strength, also have an exponential relation with the hypothetical effective hydrogen-bond radii of the donor (rdonor) and acceptor (racceptor), respectively. On the basis of extensive quantum-mechanical calculations, relevant assumptions about the hydrogen-bonding index are rationalized. Moreover, the hydrogen-bonding index is also suggested as an additional prefiltering criterion for virtual screening besides the widely accepted Lipinski’s rule of five. Finally, a “Hydrogen-Bond Index Estimator (HBIE)” module has been implemented in our Visual Force Field Derivation Toolkit (VFFDT) program to approximately and rapidly estimate the hydrogen-bonding indices of any small molecules in batch and screen possible stronger donors or acceptors from the small-molecule database. To the best of our knowledge, the concept of the hydrogen-bonding index and its potential application are proposed here for the first time.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00022

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00022

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