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OCEAN - Optimized Cross rEActivity estimatioN

So what is OCEAN?

OCEAN is a web-tool for target-prediction of chemical structures which uses ChEMBL as datasource. For more details please feel free to read the paper.

Software dependencies

We recommend to use myChembl20-VM which has almost everything you need to run OCEAN.

Nevertheless here are the core-depencies:

  • RDKit (2015.03.1)
  • Django (1.7.1)
  • numpy (1.9.0)
  • sciPy (0.15.1)
  • your preferred database-server (Oracle or PostgreSQL, we didn't test MySQL or sqlite but they are supported by Django as well)
  • python module for your database-server (cx_oracle for Oracle, psycopg2 for PostgreSQL)

Optional dependencies

  • matplotlib (1.3.0)
  • pillow (2.6.1)
  • images2gif (1.0.1)

Installation using myCHEMBL-VM

Prepare and activate a virtual environment for OCEAN:

# create a virtualEnv for OCEAN
virtualenv --system-site-packages ocean_env

# activate ocean_env
source ocean_env/bin/activate

# install Django 1.7.1
pip install Django==1.7.1

Get a clone of OCEAN from the Repo:

git clone

Create a PostgreSQL-User, the database for OCEAN and fill the OCEAN-DB:

# create PostgreSQL-User for OCEAN
# password 'ocean_pw' should be used when asked,
# according to database-entry in
createuser -P -s -d -r -e ocean_user

# create PostgreSQL-Database for OCEAN
createdb --owner=ocean_user ocean

If you want to use ChEMBL17-data for OCEAN you should:

change line CHEMBL_VERSION = "chembl_%d" % (20) in file ocean/ to CHEMBL_VERSION = "chembl_%d" % (17)

createdb --owner=ocean_user chembl_17

# create and populate OCEAN-DB (duration <2 min)
psql chembl_17 < postgres_createOceanDB.sql

# Chembl17 is not a part of myChembl20-VM, so we need to create and populate
# a few tables (duration <10 sec)
psql chembl_17 < postgres_createChembl17Tables.sql

For ChEMBL20-data you should:

psql chembl_20 < postgres_createOceanDB.sql

It's time to start OCEAN:

# On first start, you have to sync the django-server to create all missing tables.
# When asked, you should create a superuser and set a password.
# This is necessary to have access to the django-admin portal of OCEAN.
python syncdb

# Start OCEAN
python runserver

The next steps are necessary to create the fingerprints for all structures:

  1. Login to ocean-admin portal

  2. Select CHEMBL and 6 (section a), press createFPs to create Morgan-Fingerprints for all entries. This may take a few minutes. You should see a message at the bottom of the site when the process is done.

The last step is calculating the statistical parameters for OCEAN's scoring-function:

  1. In the Django-Admin portal select CHEMBL, 6 and activate Checkbox rebuild Pairs (section b), press recalc Statistics for Fingerprint and Datasource to calculate statistic-parameters for the scoring-function. This will also take a few minutes. Wait until you see a new message at the bottom of the site.

If you have a MarvinJS licence, you can copy the MarvinJS-folder to ocean/media/MarvinJS and change the line url(r'^$', main_smiles, name='home') in ocean/ to url(r'^$', main_marvin, name='home') to use MarvinJS as sketcher.

Now lets try it:

  1. Open ocean-website

  2. Write a smiles-string into the smiles-field or sketch a molecule (if you have MarvinJS) and press Button Start OCEAN-Search. You should see the results after a few seconds.

Questions or Problems?

If you have any questions or problems with OCEAN please do not hesitate to contact Paul Czodrowski or Wolf-Guido Bolick.


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