Choosing a subset

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What subset of ZINC should I dock? Here is a quick guide.

What subsets are available?

Vendor Subsets (for immediate delivery)

Use these if you have a deal with a vendor that makes pricing attractive. For instance, even if you don't pre-order a screening library, many vendors will offer special pricing for volume orders.

Virtual Vendor subsets (typically 8-10 weeks delivery)

Use these if rapid turnaround is not essential. Advantages: gives you access to over twice as many compounds as the "immediate delivery" subsets.

Property-filtered subsets

We particularly favor subset #2 (fragment like) and #1 (lead like) for many reasons: solubility, sampling of chemical space / Hann complexity, fewer docking artifacts.

We offer "normal" subsets (1-10), "clean" subsets, with compounds that are thought to cause artifacts under some conditions (11-20) and "now" subsets, which included only compounds that can probably be sourced within 2 weeks.

For DOCK Blaster, we currently only allow docking subsets under 1 million compounds. We are working on a free lead like subset. Currently, lead like is a little too big.

User created subsets

These are subsets created by users, from the search results page, using the "create subsets" button. Some are also created as byproducts of DOCK Blaster runs.

User-uploaded subsets

These are compounds uploaded by users. If you uploaded molecules you want to dock, this is where to go.

By annotation

You may want to dock compounds that have been pre-filtered for their likelihood of binding to certain targets, based on literature reports and patents. This option is not currently supported.

By 2D prediction

You may want to dock compounds that resemble actives, based on their similarity to ensembles of actives (SEA). This option is not currently supported.

What should I dock?

Relatively small binding site: start with "clean-fragments" (by property, #12). Larger binding site, start with "clean-leads" (by property #11). There are of course exceptions to these rules, but these are sensible starting points.

Notes for DOCK Blaster users

1. We only let you dock smaller subsets online for free. Currently 1.3 million is the cutoff. Write us if this is a problem for you.

2. You need to refer to the ZINC "by vendor" and "by subset" pages to get more information about the subsets. We have deliberately kept the pull down menu on the DOCK Blaster "Calibration done" page simple. Just open ZINC in another browser window to understand the abbreviations.

-- John Irwin