Predicting skin permeability using HuskinDB

Laura Waters, Xin Ling Quah

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A freely accessible database has recently been released that provides measurements available in the literature on human skin permeation data, known as the ‘Human Skin Database – HuskinDB’. Although this database is extremely useful for sourcing permeation data to help with toxicity and efficacy determination, it cannot be beneficial when wishing to consider unlisted, or novel compounds. This study undertakes analysis of the data from within HuskinDB to create a model that predicts permeation for any compound (within the range of properties used to create the model). Using permeability coefficient (Kp) data from within this resource, several models were established for Kp values for compounds of interest by varying the experimental parameters chosen and using standard physicochemical data. Multiple regression analysis facilitated creation of one particularly successful model to predict Kp through human skin based only on three chemical properties. The model transforms the dataset from simply a resource of information to a more beneficial model that can be used to replace permeation testing for a wide range of compounds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number584
Number of pages6
JournalScientific data
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2022


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