Finding relevant retrosynthetic disconnections for stereocontrolled reactions

23 January 2024, Version 1
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Machine learning driven Computer Aided Synthesis Planning (CASP) tools have become important tools for idea generation in the design of complex molecule synthesis but do not adequately address stereochemical features of the target compounds. A novel approach to automated extraction of templates used in CASP that includes stereochemical information included in the USPTO and an internal AstraZeneca database containing reactions from Reaxys, Pistachio, and AstraZeneca electronic lab notebooks is implemented in the freely available AiZynthFinder software. 367 templates covering reagent- and substrate controlled as well as stereospecific reactions were extracted from the USPTO while 20,724 templates were from the AstraZeneca database. The performance of these templates in multi-step CASP are evaluated for 936 targets from the ChEMBL database and an in-house selection of 791 AZ compounds. The potential and limitations are discussed for four case studies from the ChEMBL and examples of FDA-approved drugs.


computer-aided synthesis planning
route planning

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