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In the past several years the MP2 method has been used extensively in studies of noncovalent interactions within biological systems such as proteins, DNA/RNA, and protein-ligand complexes. In this work we assess the performance that can be expected of this method, when paired with several different medium and extended basis sets, for the accurate(More)
(RMSE relative to average interaction energy in the group, in %) for the separate interaction categories in S66 set. Dispersion interactions are divided further into π-π, aliphatic-aliphatic and π-aliphatic complexes. Tab le S2. Err ors in the S66 x8 set. Rel ativ e errors for geometries with intermolecular distance shorter and longer than equilibrium are(More)
This review summarises recent advances in quantum chemical calculations of base-stacking forces in nucleic acids. We explain in detail the very complex relationship between the gas-phase base-stacking energies, as revealed by quantum chemical (QM) calculations, and the highly variable roles of these interactions in nucleic acids. This issue is rarely(More)
Aromatic systems contain both σ- and π-electrons, which in turn constitute σ- and π-molecular orbitals (MOs). In discussing the properties of these systems, researchers typically refer to the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied MOs, which are π MOs. The characteristic properties of aromatic systems, such as their low ionization potentials and electron(More)
Interactions between amino acid side chains play a crucial role both within a folded protein and between the interacting protein molecules. Here we have selected a representative set of 24 of the 400 (20 × 20) possible interacting side chain pairs based on data from Atlas of Protein Side-Chain Interactions. For each pair, we obtained its most favorable(More)
In recent years it has been recognized that, because of their unique properties, halogen bonds have tremendous potential in the development of new pharmaceutical compounds and materials. In this study we investigate the phenomenon of halogen bonding by carrying out ab initio calculations on the halomethane-formaldehyde complexes as well as the fluorine(More)
In a previous study we investigated the effects of aromatic fluorine substitution on the strengths of the halogen bonds in halobenzene…acetone complexes (halo = chloro, bromo, and iodo). In this work, we have examined the origins of these halogen bonds (excluding the iodo systems), more specifically, the relative contributions of electrostatic and(More)
In the past several years, halogen bonds have been shown to be relevant in crystal engineering and biomedical applications. One of the reasons for the utility of these types of noncovalent interactions in the development of, for example, pharmaceutical ligands is that their strengths and geometric properties are very tunable. That is, substitution of atoms(More)
We present a set of 40 noncovalent complexes of organic halides, halohydrides, and halogen molecules where the halogens participate in a variety of interaction types. The set, named X40, covers electrostatic interactions, London dispersion, hydrogen bonds, halogen bonding, halogen-π interactions, and stacking of halogenated aromatic molecules. Interaction(More)