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What's New in ADME Suite Version 2023

Version 2023 introduces a significant expansion of the training library for the Metabolic Stability calculator in ADME Profiler, better accuracy of underlying physicochemical property predictions in ADME Suite, and more. Read below for details, and contact us for help upgrading your software.

You can expect better prediction accuracy for metabolic stability in human liver microsomes with a >30% expansion of the training database of experimental data (from 1200 to >1800 compounds). The newly added molecules represent related compound sets with novel scaffolds from recently published lead optimization studies.

Metabolic stability prediction
Figure 1: Prediction of metabolic stability for 631 compounds (based on half-life—t1/2 < 30 min or > 30 min) in v2022 and v2023 showing an increase in the applicability domain of the metabolic stability calculator.

As Figure 1 shows, in version 2022 96% of 631 compounds resulted in a “Unknown” classification for HLM metabolism; this number had been reduced to 27% in version 2023, with the majority confidently classified as “Metabolized” or “Not Metabolized”.

Improvements to the pKa Classic algorithm, which also impact logD predictions, mean you can expect greater accuracy and expanded chemical space coverage for these calculations in the Blood Brain Barrier, Passive Absorption, Volume of Distribution, and PK Explorer modules.

Increased Speed of Calculation for “Apparent pKa

You will notice up to a 5–10-fold increase in the speed of calculation of Apparent pKa values—the pKa value equivalent to that observed experimentally. This will be particularly noticeable in batch calculations and for compounds with multiple ionizable centers. The improved performance is a result of:

  • A new method for calculation of apparent pKa where one preferred protonation/deprotonation pathway is chosen for the calculation
  • Optimization of calculations for pKa micro constants

Predict pKa More Accurately for Expanded Chemical Space

You can have greater confidence in calculations from a significant expansion of the pKa Classic algorithm training set. Improvements comprise:

  • Inclusion of ~4000 environmental, pharmaceutical, and chemical compounds to the training set
  • An increase in the number of experimental pKa values to more than 40,000
  • Rebuilding of existing Hammet-type and new equations for novel chemical classes
  • Addition of new ionization centers

The linear regression scatter plots below (Figure 1) show the comparison of experimental versus predicted pKa, before and after training, for a dataset of 373 pharmaceutical compounds with 578 ionization centers. The average error of prediction is significantly lower in v2023 (0.26 log units versus 1.48 log units in v2022), and R² is closer to 1 (0.98 versus 0.52 in v2022). Three ionization centers were not predicted by the v2022 algorithm.

Correlation of Experimental and Predicted pKa v2023

Correlation of Experimental and Predicted pKa v2022
Figure 1. Linear regression plots demonstrate the improved correlation between experimental and predicted pKa (pKa Classic algorithm) for 578 ionization centers from v2022 to v2023.

Training of the algorithm resulted in significant improvements in prediction accuracy for these 373 novel pharmaceutical compounds (see Figure 2). 84% of pKa values for these compounds are now predicted within 0.5 log units (99% within 1 log unit). This compares to 38% within 0.5 log units (54% within 1 log unit) with three values not predicted at all with the v2022 Classic algorithm.

Improvement in pKa prediction accuracy
Figure 2. Improvement in prediction accuracy (pKa Classic algorithm) for 578 ionization centers in 373 pharmaceutical compounds in v2023.

Compare Acidity/Basicity of Ionization Centers More Easily

You can now choose between two methods for the calculation of pKa with the Classic algorithm.

  • Apparent pKa—simulates observed ionization of a molecule in aqueous solution and takes into account the protonation states of other ionizable groups at the relevant pH. (Default in previous versions.)
  • Single pKa—a theoretical estimation of pKa for a single ionization center as though it is the only ionizable group in the molecule. All other protonation/deprotonation sites are assumed to be neutral.

Create Batch PDF Reports

You can now generate batch PDF reports from each module in ADME Suite, for all molecules in your active project. Previously, batch reports were only available from the Spreadsheet, including the values available there. (Batch PDF reports are not available for PK Explorer.)

Unicode Support

You can now store textual data, written in your local language, in the spreadsheet.

ACD/Labs’ development team is eager to collaborate with organizations to improve predictions for novel compounds. Do you have accurately measured experimental values for the predictions we support? Contact us to discuss how we may work together.