Comparative QSAR studies on toxicity of phenol derivatives using quantum topological molecular similarity indices.
- PubMed: 20486939
Quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) analyses using a novel type of electronic descriptors called quantum topological molecular similarity (QTMS) indices were operated to describe and compare the mechanisms of toxicity of phenols toward five different strains (i.e., Tetrahymena pyriformis, L1210 Leukemia, Pseudomonas putida, Raja japonica and Cucumis sativus). The appropriate QSAR models for the toxicity data were obtained separately employing partial least squares (PLS) regression combined with genetic algorithms (GA), as a variable selection method. The resulting QSAR models were used to identify molecular fragments of phenol derivatives whose electronic properties contribute significantly to the observed toxicities. Using this information, it was feasible to discriminate between the mechanisms of action of phenol toxicity to the studied strains. It was found that toxicities of phenols to all strains, except with L1210 Leukemia, are significantly affected by electronic features of the phenolic hydroxyl group (C-O-H). Meanwhile, the resulting models can describe the inductive and resonance effects of substituents on various toxicities.