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Deprotonation of a histidine residue in aqueous solution using constrained ab initio molecular dynamics



Deprotonation of a histidine residue in aqueous solution using constrained ab initio molecular dynamics



Journal of the American Chemical Society 124(45): 13380



The dissociation of a weak acid - a histidine residue - in water was investigated by means of constrained Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics. Both linear and coordination constraints were employed, and the structural, electronic, and dynamical transformations along the respective reaction coordinates were analyzed. The calculated potentials of mean force for the dissociation of a hydrogen atom from the Nepsilon and Ndelta positions of the imidazole ring reveal that protonated forms are approximately 9.0-9.5 kcal/mol more stable than the deprotonated. This result seems to agree well with the experimental estimate based on pKa. A possible transition state for the deprotonation has also been identified. Analysis of the electron localization function indicates that the proton transfer along the selected reaction path is not a fully concerted process.

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DOI: 10.1021/ja027972m


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