Identification of new superwarfarin-type rodenticides by structural similarity. The docking of ligands on the vitamin K epoxide reductase enzyme’s active site


The rodenticide brodifacoum is highly toxic to mammals and birds, and extremely toxic to fish. It is a highly cumulative poison due to its high lipophilicity and extremely slow elimination. For this reason, it may be interesting to find similar compounds in order to enlarge the spectrum of vitamin K epoxide reductase enzyme inhibitors used today in pest control. We used the Similar Compounds search type of the Chemical Structure Search of the PubChem Compound Database to locate records that are similar to the chemical structure of brodifacoum, using pre-specified similarity thresholds. Using the threshold ≥ than 95% for the similar structures criteria, we found 14 compounds (from over 30 million entries) that meet this criteria. Two of these compounds have a better binding affinity to vitamin K epoxide reductase enzyme than brodifacoum, but the binding energy of the other 12 substances is also high, having identical or lower lipophilicity; consequently, they will eliminate faster, possibly lacking a part of the adverse effects.

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