In this work we address the interpretation, via an ab initio integrated computational approach, of the CW-ESR spectra of the double spin labeled, 310-helical, peptide Fmoc-(Aib-Aib-TOAC)2-Aib-OMe dissolved in acetonitrile. Our approach is based on the determination of geometric and local magnetic parameters of the heptapeptide by quantum mechanical density functional calculations taking into account solvent and, when needed, vibrational averaging contributions. The system is then described by a stochastic Liouville equation for the two electron spins interacting with each other and with two 14N nuclear spins, in the presence of diffusive rotational dynamics. Parametrization of the diffusion rotational tensor is provided by a hydrodynamic model. CW-ESR spectra are simulated with minimal resorting to fitting procedures, proving that the combination of sensitive ESR spectroscopy and sophisticated modeling can be highly helpful in providing 3D structural and dynamic information on molecular systems.

Ab initio modeling of CW-ESR spectra of the double spin labeled peptide Fmoc-(Aib-Aib-TOAC)(2)-Aib-OMe in acetonitrile

ZERBETTO, MIRCO;CARLOTTO, SILVIA;POLIMENO, ANTONINO;CORVAJA, CARLO;FRANCO, LORENZO;TONIOLO, CLAUDIO;FORMAGGIO, FERNANDO;
2007

Abstract

In this work we address the interpretation, via an ab initio integrated computational approach, of the CW-ESR spectra of the double spin labeled, 310-helical, peptide Fmoc-(Aib-Aib-TOAC)2-Aib-OMe dissolved in acetonitrile. Our approach is based on the determination of geometric and local magnetic parameters of the heptapeptide by quantum mechanical density functional calculations taking into account solvent and, when needed, vibrational averaging contributions. The system is then described by a stochastic Liouville equation for the two electron spins interacting with each other and with two 14N nuclear spins, in the presence of diffusive rotational dynamics. Parametrization of the diffusion rotational tensor is provided by a hydrodynamic model. CW-ESR spectra are simulated with minimal resorting to fitting procedures, proving that the combination of sensitive ESR spectroscopy and sophisticated modeling can be highly helpful in providing 3D structural and dynamic information on molecular systems.
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