Protein Influence on Electronic Spectra Modeled by Multipoles and Polarizabilities

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We have developed automatic methods to calculate multipoles and anisotropic polarizabilities for all atoms and bond centers in a protein and to include such a model in the calculation of electronic properties at any level of quantum mechanical theory. This approach is applied for the calculation of the electronic spectra of retinal in rhodopsin at the CASPT2//CASSCF level (second-order multiconfigurational perturbation theory) for the wild-type protein, as well as two mutants and isorhodopsin in QM/MM structures based on two crystal structures. We also perform a detailed investigation of the importance and distance dependence of the multipoles and the polarizabilities for both the absolute and the relative absorption energies. It is shown that the model of the surrounding protein strongly influences the spectrum and that different models give widely different results. For example, the Amber 1994 and 2003 force fields give excitation energies that differ by up to 16 kJ/mol. For accurate excitation energies, multipoles up to quadrupoles and anisotropic polarizabilities are needed. However, interactions with residues more than 10 A from the chromophore can be treated with a standard polarizable force field without any dipoles or quadrupoles.


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Sidor (från-till)649-658
TidskriftJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
StatusPublished - 2009
Peer review utfördJa