Jay W. Ponder

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Molecular force fields have been approaching a generational transition over the past several years, moving away from well-established and well-tuned, but intrinsically limited, fixed point charge models toward more intricate and expensive polarizable models that should allow more accurate description of molecular properties. The recently introduced AMOEBA(More)
A protocol is described for the treatment of molecular polarization in force field calculations. The resulting model is consistent in that both inter- and intramolecular polarization are handled within a single scheme. An analytical formula for removing intramolecular polarization from a set of atomic multipoles for an arbitrary static structure or(More)
The (4, +) energy surface of blocked alanine (N-acetyl-N'-methyl alanineamide) was calculated at the Hartree-Fock (HF)/6-31G* level using ab initio molecular orbital theory. A collection of six electrostatic models was constructed, and the term electrostatic model was used to refer to (1) a set of atomic charge densities, each unable to deform with(More)
A protein energy surface is constructed. Validation is through applications of global energy minimization to surface loops of protein crystal structures. For 9 of 10 predictions, the native backbone conformation is identified correctly. Electrostatic energy is modeled as a pairwise sum of interactions between anisotropic atomic charge densities. Model(More)
Hydration free energy (HFE) is generally used for evaluating molecular solubility, which is an important property for pharmaceutical and chemical engineering processes. Accurately predicting HFE is also recognized as one fundamental capability of molecular mechanics force field. Here, we present a systematic investigation on HFE calculations with AMOEBA(More)
Simulated annealing and potential function smoothing are two widely used approaches for global energy optimization of molecular systems. Potential smoothing as implemented in the diffusion equation method has been applied to study partitioning of the potential energy surface (PES) for N-Acetyl-Ala-Ala-N-Methylamide (CDAP) and the clustering of conformations(More)
We propose a general coupling of the Smooth Particle Mesh Ewald SPME approach for distributed multipoles to a short-range charge penetration correction modifying the charge-charge, charge-dipole and charge-quadrupole energies. Such an approach significantly improves electrostatics when compared to ab initio values and has been calibrated on Symmetry-Adapted(More)
Theoretical and experimental evidence for non-linear hydrogen bonds in protein helices is ubiquitous. In particular, amide three-centered hydrogen bonds are common features of helices in high-resolution crystal structures of proteins. These high-resolution structures (1.0 to 1.5 Å nominal crystallographic resolution) position backbone atoms without(More)
Phosphate groups are commonly observed in biomolecules such as nucleic acids and lipids. Due to their highly charged and polarizable nature, modeling these compounds with classical force fields is challenging. Using quantum mechanical studies and liquid-phase simulations, the AMOEBA force field for dimethyl phosphate (DMP) ion and trimethyl phosphate (TMP)(More)