Dan Thomas Major

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Combined quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulations have been carried out to investigate the origin of the carbon acidity enhancement in the alanine racemization reaction catalyzed by alanine racemase (AlaR). The present study shows that the enhancement of carbon acidity of alpha-amino acids by the cofactor pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) with an(More)
The rate expression of traditional transition state theory (TST) assumes no recrossing of the transition state (TS) and thermal quasi-equilibrium between the ground state and the TS. Currently, it is not well understood to what extent these assumptions influence the nature of the activated complex obtained in traditional TST-based simulations of processes(More)
A bisection sampling method was implemented in path integral simulations of chemical reactions in solution in the framework of the quantized classical path approach. In the present study, we employ a combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) potential to describe the potential energy surface and the path integral method to incorporate(More)
A bisection sampling method is implemented in the framework of a quantized classical path algorithm to include nuclear quantum effects in path integral simulations. The present study examines the convergence of these calculations on two model systems with respect to the number of beads used in the polymer chain and the number of configurations both in(More)
In this review we give an overview of the field of Computational enzymology. We start by describing the birth of the field, with emphasis on the work of the 2013 chemistry Nobel Laureates. We then present key features of the state-of-the-art in the field, showing what theory, accompanied by experiments, has taught us so far about enzymes. We also briefly(More)
Recent experimental and theoretical studies have proposed that enzymes involve networks of coupled residues throughout the protein that participate in motions accompanying chemical barrier crossing. Here, we have examined portions of a proposed network in dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations. The simulations(More)
A convenient approach to compute kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) in condensed phase chemical reactions is via path integrals (PIs). Usually, the primitive approximation is used in PI simulations, although such quantum simulations are computationally demanding. The efficiency of PI simulations may be greatly improved, if higher-order Trotter factorizations of(More)
Dinucleotides (Np n N′; N and N′ are A, U, G, or C, n = 2–7) are naturally occurring physiologically active compounds. Despite the interest in dinucleotides, the composition of their complexes with metal ions as well as their conformations and species distribution in living systems are understudied. Therefore, we investigated a series of Mg2+ and Ca2+(More)
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