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Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics modeling of enzymatic processes: caveats and breakthroughs

Quesne, Matthew, Borowski, T and De visser, S.P 2016. Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics modeling of enzymatic processes: caveats and breakthroughs. Chemistry - a European Journal 22 (8) , pp. 2562-2581. 10.1002/chem.201503802

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Nature has developed large groups of enzymatic catalysts with the aim to transfer substrates into useful products, which enables biosystems to perform all their natural functions. As such, all biochemical processes in our body (we drink, we eat, we breath, we sleep, etc.) are governed by enzymes. One of the problems associated with research on biocatalysts is that they react so fast that details of their reaction mechanisms cannot be obtained with experimental work. In recent years, major advances in computational hardware and software have been made and now large (bio)chemical systems can be studied using accurate computational techniques. One such technique is the quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) technique, which has gained major momentum in recent years. Unfortunately, it is not a black-box method that is easily applied, but requires careful set-up procedures. In this work we give an overview on the technical difficulties and caveats of QM/MM and discuss work-protocols developed in our groups for running successful QM/MM calculations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: WileyBlackwell
ISSN: 0947-6539
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:58

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