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Cell Morphology-Guided De Novo Hit Design by Conditioning Generative Adversarial Networks on Phenotypic Image Features
preprintsubmitted on 13.01.2020, 20:18 and posted on 17.01.2020, 16:52 by Oscar Méndez-Lucio, Paula Andrea Marin Zapata, Joerg Wichard, David Rouquié, Djork-Arné Clevert
Developing new small molecules that are bioactive is time-consuming, costly and rarely successful. As a mitigation strategy, we apply, for the first time, generative adversarial networks to de novo design of small molecules using a phenotype-based drug discovery approach. We trained our model on a set of 30,000 compounds and their respective morphological profiles extracted from high content images; no target information was used to train the model. Using this approach, we were able to automatically design agonist-like compounds of different molecular targets.