Evaluation of methods to cap molecular fragments in calculating energies of interaction in avian pancreatic polypeptide

Marcus P.D. Hatfield, Nicholas Y. Palermo, József Csontos, Richard F. Murphy, Sándor Lovas

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The accuracy of the determination of the energy of interaction between Phe20 and the Pro5-Thr6-Tyr7-Pro8 complex inside the hydrophobic core of avian pancreatic polypeptide was investigated using three capping strategies for molecular fractionation with conjugated caps and DFT quantum chemical calculations at the BHandHLYP/cc-pVTZ level of theory. The most accurate determination resulted from acetylation of the α-amino group combined with methyl amidation of the α-carbonyl group, with relative deviations less than 10%. Combinations of hydrogenation of the α-amino group with the replacement of the α-carbonyl group with a hydrogen and the hydrogenation of the α-amino group with methylation of the α-carbonyl group were less accurate, leading to relative deviations up to 35%. Choice of capping methods depends on the structural features of the polypeptide system, the desired accuracy, and the available computational resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1021
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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