Journal of Chemical Crystallography

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 255–275

Biological-Activity Predictions, Crystallographic Comparison and Role of Packing Interactions in Androstane Derivatives of Steroids

Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10870-010-9979-0

Cite this article as:
Chand, B. & Malik, M.A. J Chem Crystallogr (2011) 41: 255. doi:10.1007/s10870-010-9979-0


A total of 60 molecules of androstane derivatives of steroids (1–60) have been undertaken to predict their pharmacological effects, specific mechanisms of action, known toxicities, drug likeness, etc., by using the statistics of multilevel neighbourhoods of atoms (MNA) descriptors for active and inactive fragments. The biological activity spectra for substances have been correlated on SAR base (Structure–activity relationships data and knowledge base) which provides the different Pa (probability of activity) and Pi (probability of inactivity). The Lipinski’s rule predicts that all the androstane derivatives have stronger preponderance for “cancer-like-drug” molecules and some of their related analogous have been entered in the ANCI (American National Cancer Institute) database. Some selected bond distances and bond angles of interest have been taken into account and deviation of bond distances/bond angles, vis-a-vis the substitutional group and X–H···A intra/intermolecular hydrogen bonds have been discussed in detail. X–H···A intra/intermolecular hydrogen bonds in the identified molecules have been described with the standard distance and angle cut-off criteria. Dθ and dθ scatter plots for X–H···A intra-and intermolecular interactions are presented for better understanding of packing interactions existing among these derivatives. Comparison of contacts from H(C) to O and H(O) to O, vis-a-vis their crystal structure reveals that contacts from H(O) to O predominate over H(C) to O. Solvent–solute/solute–solvent interactions have also been investigated to understand more complicated processes that occur for biomolecules in aqueous solutions. Most of the molecules show high value of drug-likeness whereas molecule-3 (82.5%), 36 (87.2%), 41 (83.7%), 43 (86.5%) and 50 (85.9%) exhibit low value of drug-likeness, instead of observed range of 90.3–99.2%.

Graphical Abstract

Steroidal molecules are held in their defined 3-D structures by hydrogen bonds. The hydrogen bonding/solvent–solvent interactions for a steroidal molecule (androstane derivative) are plotted in Figure. The asymmetric unit cell in androstane derivative contains two crystallographically independent molecules and two acetic acid molecules. The two acetic acid molecules are connected to one another through solvent–solvent [O6(Acetic acid)–H6C(O6)···5′(Acetic acid); O6′(Acetic acid)–H6′C(O6′)···O5(Acetic acid)] interactions. The solvent-solvent interactions as observed in said steroidal derivative are rarely found in steroids and such investigations could be important to understand more complicated processes that occur for biomolecules in aqueous solutions.


Androstane X-ray diffraction Biological activity Intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonds Bifurcated hydrogen bonds Solvent–solute interactions Lipinski’s rule 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsPost-Graduate College (Boys)UdhampurIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsAmar Singh CollegeSrinagarIndia

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