Benjamin F. Gherman

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The electronic structures of key species involved in methane hydroxylation performed by the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO), as proposed previously on the basis of high-level density functional theory, were investigated. The reaction starts with initial approach of methane at one of the bridging oxo atoms in intermediate Q, a(More)
Using broken-symmetry unrestricted Density Functional Theory, the mechanism of enzymatic dioxygen activation by the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (MMOH) is determined to atomic detail. After a thorough examination of mechanistic alternatives, an optimal pathway was identified. The diiron(II) state H(red) reacts with dioxygen to give(More)
Using broken-symmetry unrestricted density functional theory quantum mechanical (QM) methods in concert with mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods, the hydroxylation of methane and substituted methanes by intermediate Q in methane monooxygenase hydroxylase (MMOH) has been quantitatively modeled. This protocol allows the protein(More)
The origin of the substantial difference in deacylation rates for acyl-enzyme intermediates in penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) and beta-lactamases has remained an unsolved puzzle whose solution is of great importance to understanding bacterial antibiotic resistance. In this work, accurate, large-scale mixed ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular(More)
Ab initio quantum chemical calculations for the molecular dissociation channel of acetaldehyde are reported. The enthalpy change for the dissociation of acetaldehyde into methane and carbon monoxide was calculated to be exoergic by 1.7 kcal/mol. The transition state for this unimolecular dissociation, confirmed by normal mode analysis, was found to have an(More)
The activation of dioxygen by dopamine beta-monooxygenase (DbetaM) and peptidylglycine alpha-hydroxylating monooxygenase (PHM) is postulated to occur at a copper site ligated by two histidine imidazoles and a methionine thioether, which is unusual because such thioether ligation is not present in other O2-activating copper proteins. To assess the possible(More)
The character of singlet (C(3)N(2)H(5))CuO(2) ranges smoothly between copper(III) peroxide and copper(II) superoxide with variation of the electronic character of the supporting beta-diketiminate ligand. Over the range of the variation, multireference second-order perturbation theory predicts the (1)A(1) singlet state always to be lower in energy than the(More)
Over the past several years, rapid advances in computational hardware, quantum chemical methods, and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) techniques have made it possible to model accurately the interaction of ligands with
Copper-oxygen complexes supported by beta-diketiminate and anilido-imine ligands have recently been reported (Aboelella et al., J Am Chem Soc 2004, 126, 16896; Reynolds et al., Inorg Chem 2005, 44, 6989) as potential biomimetic models for dopamine beta-monooxygenase (DbetaM) and peptidylglycine alpha-hydroxylating monooxygenase (PHM). However, in contrast(More)
On the basis of spectroscopic and crystallographic data for dopamine β-monooxygenase and peptidylglycine α-hydroxylating monooxygenase (PHM), a variety of ligand sets have been used to model the oxygen-binding Cu site in these enzymes. Calculations which employed a combination of density functional and multireference second-order perturbation theory methods(More)