Quantitative structure activity relationship has been probed for spirosuccinimide-fused tetrahydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazine-1,3-dione derivatives acting as aldose reductase inhibitors. While the spirosuccinimide compounds contain a chiral center, the aldose reductase inhibition assay was performed with racemic mixtures in the published work. As the physicochemical descriptors of the QSAR analysis must be evaluated for a definite molecular structure, we devise a new 'racemic' descriptor as the arithmetic mean of the (R)-enantiomer descriptor and the (S)-enantiomer descriptor. The resultant QSAR model derived from the racemic descriptors outperforms the original QSAR models, closely reproducing the observed activity of optically pure enantiomers as well as racemic mixtures.
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