A systematic approach to the phenomena related to hydration of biomolecules is reported at the state of the art of electronic-structure methods. Large-scale CCSD(T), MP4-SDQ, MP2, and DFT(M06-2X) calculations for some hydrated complexes of alanine and dialanine (Ala·13H2O, Ala2H+·18H2O, and Ala2·18H2O) are compared with experimental data and other elaborate modeling to assess the reliability of a simple bottom-up approach. The inclusion of a minimal number of water molecules for microhydration of the polar groups together with the polarizable continuum model is sufficient to reproduce the relative bulk thermodynamic functions of the considered biomolecules. These quantities depend on the adopted electronicstructure method, which should be chosen with great care. Nevertheless, the computationally feasible MP2 and M06-2X functionals with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set satisfactorily reproduce values derived by high-level CCSD(T) and MP4-SDQ methods, and thus they are suitable for future developments of more elaborate and hence more biochemically significant peptides.

Quantum Mechanics Approach to Hydration Energies and Structures of Alanine and Dialanine

LANZA, GIUSEPPE
Primo
Conceptualization
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CHIACCHIO, MARIA ASSUNTA ROSSELLA
Secondo
Data Curation
2017-01-01

Abstract

A systematic approach to the phenomena related to hydration of biomolecules is reported at the state of the art of electronic-structure methods. Large-scale CCSD(T), MP4-SDQ, MP2, and DFT(M06-2X) calculations for some hydrated complexes of alanine and dialanine (Ala·13H2O, Ala2H+·18H2O, and Ala2·18H2O) are compared with experimental data and other elaborate modeling to assess the reliability of a simple bottom-up approach. The inclusion of a minimal number of water molecules for microhydration of the polar groups together with the polarizable continuum model is sufficient to reproduce the relative bulk thermodynamic functions of the considered biomolecules. These quantities depend on the adopted electronicstructure method, which should be chosen with great care. Nevertheless, the computationally feasible MP2 and M06-2X functionals with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set satisfactorily reproduce values derived by high-level CCSD(T) and MP4-SDQ methods, and thus they are suitable for future developments of more elaborate and hence more biochemically significant peptides.
2017
ab initio calculations ; amino acids ; density functional calculations ; hydrates; hydrogen bonds
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