The Electron Topological Method, called ETM, is a descriptor for predicting the biological activities of molecules based on three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relations (3D QSAR). ETM uses a modified electron topological state index to substitute for electronic properties and a topological distance for the relative distance in the molecule. It is shown that the molecular fragments responsible for this activity possess fixed electronic and geometric characteristics associated with a distinct arrangement and the steric accessibility of an oxygen atom and a group of carbon atoms. After that, it is essential to employ a linear regression analysis technique to derive a 3D QSAR model relating the biological activities to the ETM. The ETM is used to Study the 3D QSAR of the corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) binding affinity to 31 steroids, and resulting models have a comparable to current 3D methods such as CoMFA. Though the ETM is a descriptor based on 3D topological information obtained by quantum chemical derived descriptors, give the best answer for both the similarity analysis and the statistical fitting. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.