CONFECT: Conformations from an Expert Collection of Torsion Patterns



The generation of sets of low-energy conformations for a given molecule is a central task in drug design. Herein we present a new conformation generator called CONFECT that builds on our previously published library of torsion patterns. Conformations are generated as well as ranked by means of normalized frequency distributions derived from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). Following an incremental construction approach, conformations are selected from a systematic enumeration within energetic boundaries. The new tool is benchmarked in several different ways, indicating that it allows the efficient generation of high-quality conformation ensembles. These ensembles are smaller than those produced by state-of-the-art tools, yet they effectively cover conformational space.