MEPSIM: A computational package for analysis and comparison of molecular electrostatic potentials

Ferran Sanz, Francesc Manaut, Jesús Rodríguez, Estrella Lozoya, Elena López-de-Briñas

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MEPSIM is a computational system which allows an integrated computation, analysis, and comparison of molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) distributions. It includes several modules. Module MEPPLA supplies MEP values for the points of a grid defined on a plane which is specified by a set of three points. The results of this program can easily be converted into MEP maps using third-parties graphical software. Module MEPMIN allows to find automatically the MEP minima of a molecular system. It supplies the cartesian coordinates of these minima, their values, and all the geometrical relationships between them (distances, angles, and dihedral angles). Module MEPCOMP computes a similarity coefficient between the MEP distributions of two molecules and finds their relative position that maximizes the similarity. Module MEPCONF performs the same process as MEPCOMP, considering not only the relative position of both molecules but also a conformational degree of freedom of one of them. The most recently developed module, MEPPAR, is another modification of MEPCOMP in order to compute the MEP similarity between two molecules, but only taking into account a particular plane. The latter module is particularly useful to compare MEP distributions generated by π systems of aromatic rings. MEPSIM can use several wavefunction computation approaches to obtain MEP distributions. MEPSIM has a menu type interface to simplify the following tasks: creation of input files from output files of external programs (GAUSSIAN and AMPAC/MOPAC), setting the parameters for the current computation, and submitting jobs to the batch queues of the computer. MEPSIM has been coded in FORTRAN and its current version runs on VMS/VAX computers. © 1993 ESCOM Science Publishers B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-347
JournalJournal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1993


  • Computational chemistry software
  • Molecular alignment
  • Molecular electrostatic potential
  • Molecular similarity
  • Spearman coefficient


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