PRELIMINARY-IMAGE This is a preliminary API until Fall 2020 and may be improved based on user feedback. It is currently available in C++ and Python.

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.






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.