The effect of the neglect of electronic polarization, on the relative stability of different conformations of a model peptide in a nonpolar environment, has been investigated. Configurations generated in molecular dynamics simulations of polyalanine (ACE-ALA15-NH2) in cyctohexane were analyzed in terms of a nonmutual polarization model. The work clearly demonstrates that the stability of conformations which have an enhanced electric field, such as is generated by the formation of a helix dipole, can be significantly underestimated by the neglect of the effects of electronic polarization in weakly polar or nonpolar solvents.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry