There are many biological important enzymes which exist in the human body, one of them is Cytochrome P450 (CyP450) enzymes which are mostly considered in drug discovery due to their involvement in the majority (75%) of drug metabolism . Therefore, various in-silico methods have been applied to predict the possible substrates of CyP 450 enzymes [2-4]. Recently, an in-silico model has been developed to predict the potential chemical reactions mediated by the enzymes present in humans including CyP450 enzymes .
This method is based on descriptors calculation and supervised machine learning. The pipeline utilizes two databases: Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) and Braunschweig Enzyme Database (BRENDA) as training datasets, and DrugBank as the test dataset. The physicochemical properties of a query molecule are matched with the substrates obtained from the databases and then assumed to be catalyzed by as the same enzyme as the matched substrate. PaDEL-Descriptor is used to calculate the chemical and physical properties of substrates . Similarly, all the matched substrates are found from the databases and the query molecule is scored according to the integrated scoring method, which captures the distribution of individual scores by assigning a positive weight to the scores higher than the average . Four different machine learning algorithms are applied in this pipeline: artificial neural network, naïve Bayes, multiple linear regression, and random forest which are used for cross-validation to obtain the best model. Further, the performance is validated by the test dataset, i.e., DrugBank.
According to their performance evaluation, this prediction model can successfully predict the enzymatic reactions for substrates (query molecules) and can also be applied to find some other biologically relevant reactions catalyzed by human enzymes .
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