The OESubSearchScreen objects are typed bit-vectors. The type of a screen determines what kind of queries in mind the screen was designed.
In OEChem TK, a query molecule (OEQMolBase) can be constructed in three different ways.
|Screen Type||Description||Initialize||See Also|
|OESubSearchScreenType.MDL||query read from MDL query file||OEReadMDLQueryFile||Substructure Search with MDL Queries|
|OESubSearchScreenType.Molecule||query built from molecule||BuildExpressions|
|OESubSearchScreenType.SMARTS||query built from SMARTS pattern||OEParseSmarts||SMARTS Pattern Matching|
The expression trees of the queries that are initialized from different sources can be significantly different. For example, the “language” of SMARTS is the most expressive one allowing complex logical operations and recursive patterns. A SMARTS such as [NX3;H2,H1;!$(NC=O)] (primary or secondary amine that is not in amide) defines a substructure that can not be expressed using MDL query features. This also makes queries built from SMARTS the most complex ones. The other major difference between SMARTS and MDL queries is the way how they are expected to match aromaticity. For these reasons, OEChem TK provides three different screen types especially designed for the three different ways that are available to built query molecules using OEChem TK.
For performance reason, OEChem TK does not support screening-based fast substructure search with explicit hydrogens. The OEMakeSubSearchTargetScreen function automatically suppresses explicit hydrogens of the molecule prior to the screen generation. The OEMakeSubSearchQueryScreen function will return false if the query molecule has any explicit hydrogen expression.
The default screen type is OESubSearchScreenType.MDL.
- It is highly recommended to use the OEExprOpts.DefaultAtoms and OEExprOpts.DefaultBonds options when building the query molecule with the BuildExpressions. When using other option combinations, the built query molecule might not be suitable for the OESubSearchScreenType.Molecule screen type.
- If the input molecule has any explicit hydrogens, the OESuppressHydrogens function should be called prior to calling BuildExpressions.
In case of a query molecule of unknown source, the OEIsComplementaryScreenType function can be used to check whether the query molecule is suited for a specific screen type.