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Transferable atom equivalent multicentered multipole expansion method
C.E. Whitehead, C.M. Breneman, , M.D. Ryan
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PMID: 12594794
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Pages: 512 - 529
The transferability of atomic and functional group properties is an implicit concept in chemistry. The work presented here describes the use of Transferable Atom Equivalents (TAE) to represent molecular electrostatic potential fields through the use of integrated atomic multipole moments that are associated with each TAE atom type used in the reconstruction. TAE molecular surface distributions of electrostatic potentials are compared with analytical ab initio and empirical (Gasteiger) partial charge reference models for several conformations of test peptides. Surface electrostatic potential distributions computed using TAE multiple representations were found to converge at the octopole level, with incremental improvement observed when hexadecapoles were included. Molecular electrostatic potential fields that were produced using the TAE method were observed to be responsive to conformational changes and to compare well with ab initio reference distributions, Generation of TAE atom types and their associated multipoles does not involve fitting to sample electrostatic potential fields, but rather utilizes integrated AIM atomic electron density distribution within representative chemical environments. The RECON program was used for TAE reconstruction. RECON is capable of processing 5000 drug-sized molecules or 25 proteins per minute per 1.7 GHz P4 Linux processor.
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