Exploring the cocrystal landscape of posaconazole by combining high-throughput screening experimentation with computational chemistry
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The development of multicomponent crystal forms, such as cocrystals, represents a means to enhance the dissolution and absorption properties of poorly water-soluble drug compounds. However, the successful discovery of new pharmaceutical cocrystals remains a time- and resource-consuming process. This study proposes the use of a combined computational-experimental high-throughput approach as a tool to accelerate and improve the efficiency of cocrystal screening exemplified by posaconazole. First, we employed the COSMOquick software to preselect and rank cocrystal candidates (coformers). Second, high-throughput crystallization experiments (HTCS) were conducted on the selected coformers. The HTCS results were successfully reproduced by liquid-assisted grinding and reaction crystallization, ultimately leading to the synthesis of thirteen new posaconazole cocrystals (7 anhydrous, 5 hydrates, and 1 solvate). The posaconazole cocrystals were characterized by PXRD, 1H NMR, Fourier transform-Raman, thermogravimetry–Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. In addition, the prediction performance of COSMOquick was compared to that of two alternative knowledge-based methods: molecular complementarity (MC) and hydrogen bond propensity (HBP). Although HBP does not perform better than random guessing for this case study, both MC and COSMOquick show good discriminatory ability, suggesting their use as a potential virtual tool to improve cocrystal screening.
DOI der Originalausgabehttps://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.2c01072
Crystal Growth & Design
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American Chemical Society