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2D and 3D Ligand Editor

Developed by MolSoft in Collaboration with Medicinal Chemists at Novartis.


The ICM Ligand Editor is an intuitive graphical interface for ligand optimization and drug design. The editor was developed in close collaboration with Medicinal Chemists at Novartis and designed for ease of use and high accuracy ligand modeling. The ligand editor is available in ICM-Pro and ICM-Chemist-Pro.

A ligand can be modified in 2D or 3D and the effects of the modification can be seen on the binding energy to the receptor. For example a substituent can be changed with a single click on the screen and a calculation of the ligand binding score is made on the fly. The changes are stored and full undo and redo options are available and if the chemist likes the change he can tag and save the ligand in a chemical spreadsheet. Predictions are powered by MolSoft's high accurate docking ICM docking software. A wide set of tools are available for constrained docking using tethers and distance restraints as well as fragment and covalent docking. There are options for explicit flexible side-chains and multiple receptor docking to account for induced fit. The ligand editor can also be used for 3D pharmacophore ligand design using Atomic Property Fields.

Key Features

Ligand Editing

  • Interactively edit a ligand bound to a receptor
  • Edit ligand in 2D or 3D and see the effect on ligand binding
  • Change atom and bond types
  • Switch stereo, cis and trans
  • Delete atoms and bonds
  • Rotate torsion angles
  • Sample one or more substituents
  • Screen a database of substituents to a specific atom of a ligand
  • Save new ligands in chemical spreadsheet export to Excel, SDF, Mol or PDB format
  • Convenient undo and redo modification feature
  • Modification history table: Every ligand modification is stored and recorded in a chemical spreadsheet. Double click on the spreadsheet to view the change.
  • Hetero atom scan around ligand: This option allows you to scan groups and hetero atoms at multiple locations on the ligand.
  • R-group scan around ligand: This option allows you to scan groups and hetero atoms at multiple locations on the ligand.

Docking and Minimization

  • Dock or Minimize a ligand inside a ligand binding pocket
  • Calculate docking score and strain
  • Dock using tethers and distance restraints
  • Dock allowing specific residues in the receptor to be flexible
  • Display hydrogen bonds, binding pocket, unsatisfied hydrogen bonds, and atomic energy circles
  • On the fly docking and scoring of replacement groups
  • Fragment docking
  • 4D docking for induced fit
  • Covalent docking.
  • Ligand-based dockign to APF 3D pharmacophore

Receptor-Ligand Interactions

  • Display hydrogen bonds
  • Display receptor binding pocket surface
  • Display ligand binding pocket surface
  • Display unsatisfied hydrogen bonds
  • Display atomic energy circles
  • Display relaxed ligand
  • One click 2D interaction diagram: This option creates a 2D interaction map between the ligand and receptor.
  • Simple way to analyze ligand-receptor contacts.

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