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Lovric Mario, Molero Perez Jose Manuel, Kern Roman

PySpark and RDKit: moving towards Big Data in QSAR

Molecular Informatics, Wiley, 2019

The authors present an implementation of the cheminformatics toolkit RDKit in a distributed computing environment, Apache Hadoop. Together with the Apache Spark analytics engine, wrapped by PySpark, resources from commodity scalable hardware can be employed for cheminformatic calculations and query operations with basic knowledge in Python programming and understanding of the resilient distributed datasets (RDD). Three use cases of cheminfomatical computing in Spark on the Hadoop cluster are presented; querying substructures, calculating fingerprint similarity and calculating molecular descriptors. The source code for the PySpark‐RDKit implementation is provided. The use cases showed that Spark provides a reasonable scalability depending on the use case and can be a suitable choice for datasets too big to be processed with current low‐end workstations

Lovric Mario

Molecular modeling of the quantitative structure activity relationship in Python – a tutorial (part I)

Journal of Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Croatian Society of Chemical Engineers, Zagreb, 2018

Today's data amount is significantly increasing. A strong buzzword in research nowadays is big data.Therefore the chemistry student has to be well prepared for the upcoming age where he does not only rule the laboratories but is a modeler and data scientist as well. This tutorial covers the very basics of molecular modeling and data handling with the use of Python and Jupyter Notebook. It is the first in a series aiming to cover the relevant topics in machine learning, QSAR and molecular modeling, as well as the basics of Python programming

Babić Sanja, Barišić Josip, Stipaničev Draženka, Repec Siniša, Lovric Mario, Malev Olga, Čož-Rakovac Rozalindra, Klobučar GIV

Assessment of river sediment toxicity: Combining empirical zebrafish embryotoxicity testing with in silico toxicity characterization

Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 2018

Quantitative chemical analyses of 428 organic contaminants (OCs) confirmed the presence of 313 OCs in the sediment extracts from river Sava, Croatia. Pharmaceuticals were present in higher concentration than pesticides thus confirming their increasing threat to freshwater ecosystems. Toxicity evaluation of the sediment extracts from four locations (Jesenice, Rugvica, Galdovo and Lukavec) using zebrafish embryotoxicity test (ZET) accompanied with semi-quantitative histopathological analyses exhibited good correlation with cumulative number and concentrations of OCs at investigated sites (10,048.6, 15,222.8, 1,247.6, and 9,130.5 ng/g respectively) and proved its role as a good indicator of toxic potential of complex contaminant mixtures. Toxicity prediction of sediment extracts and sediment was assessed using Toxic unit (TU) approach and PBT (persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity) ranking. Also, prior-knowledge informed chemical-gene interaction models were generated and graph mining approaches used to identify OCs and genes most likely to be influential in these mixtures. Predicted toxicity of sediment extracts (TUext) for sampled locations was similar to the results obtained by ZET and associated histopathology resulting in Rugvica sediment as being the most toxic, followed by Jesenice, Lukavec and Galdovo. Sediment TU (TUsed) favoured OCs with low octanol-water partition coefficient like herbicide glyphosate and antibiotics ciprofloxacin and sulfamethazine thus indicating locations containing higher concentrations of these OCs (Galdovo and Rugvica) as most toxic. Results suggest that comprehensive in silico sediment toxicity predictions advocate providing equal attention to organic contaminants with either very low or very high log Kow
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