Among the most toxic substances known are the organophosphorus (OP) compounds used as pesticides and chemical warfare agents. Owing to their high toxicity there is a number of efforts underway to develop effective therapies for OP agent exposure. To date all therapies in use treat inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AChE), but are ineffective for the treatment of inhibited AChE, which has undergone a subsequent hydrolysis process, referred to as aging. Toward developing a therapy for treating victims of OP intoxication in the aged state we have developed Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSARs) based on the AM1 semiempirical quantum mechanical method using the program, CODESSA (COmprehensive Descriptors for Structural and Statistical Analysis). Using this methodology we obtained a multiple correlation QSAR equation which gave R2 = 0.9359 for a random training set of 38 ligands and R2 = 0.9236 for prediction on a random test set of 9 ligands.
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JM would like to thank the Spencer Family Sabbatical Program for funding this research.
- AChE binding affinity
- Methoxypyridinium cations