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Intermolecular proton-transfer processes in the Watson & Crick adenine-thymine Cu+ and Cu2+ cationized base pairs have been studied using the density functional theory (DFT) methods. Cationized systems subject to study are those resulting from cation coordination to the main basic sites of the base pair, N7 and N3 of adenine and O2 of thymine. For Cu+(More)
The role that silica surface could have played in prebiotic chemistry as a catalyst for peptide bond formation has been addressed at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level for a model reaction involving glycine and ammonia on a silica cluster mimicking an isolated terminal silanol group present at the silica surface. Hydrogen-bond complexation between glycine and the(More)
Metal ions have been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, as their dyshomeostasis may lead to production of reactive oxygen species as well as increased toxicity of amyloid protein aggregates. In this work, we present design and synthesis of three novel multifunctional hydroxypyridinone ligands, HL11, HL12, and(More)
Combining X-ray data on thioflavin-T and theoretical calculations on its binding to a peptide model for Abeta(1-42) fibrils gives evidence of main stabilizing interactions, which influence the dihedral angle between the two moieties of thioflavin-T and thereby its fluorescence properties; these results shed new light on possible strategies for the design of(More)
The role in prebiotic chemistry that Brønsted and Lewis sites, both present at the surface of common aluminosilicates, may have played in favoring the peptide bond formation has been addressed by ab initio methods within a cluster approach. B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) free energy potential energy surfaces have been fully characterized for the model reaction glycine +(More)
The imidazole ring is part of the lateral chain of histidine. One of the main features of this amino acid is the ability to coordinate copper, especially Cu(2+), because of the intermediate base nature of its imidazole ring, which has a great biological relevance. Proteins such as cytochrome c oxidase, a crucial enzyme in the respiratory chain, and(More)
Cobalt cations are open shell systems with several possible electronic states arising from the different occupations of the 3d and 4s orbitals. The influence of these occupations on the relative stability of the coordination modes of the metal cation to glycine has been studied by means of theoretical methods. The structure and vibrational frequencies have(More)
The influence of N7 protonation on the mechanism of the N-glycosidic bond hydrolysis in 2'-deoxyguanosine has been studied using density functional theory (DFT) methods. For the neutral system, two different pathways (with retention and inversion of configuration at the C1' anomeric carbon) have been found, both of them consisting of two steps and involving(More)
The binding of first-row transition metal monocations (Sc+-Cu+) to N7 of guanine and N7 or N3 of adenine nucleobases has been analyzed using the hybrid B3LYP density functional theory (DFT) method. The nature of the bonding is mainly electrostatic, the electronic ground state being mainly determined by metal-ligand repulsion. M+-guanine binding energies are(More)
In the present study, DFT periodic plane wave calculations, at the PBE-D level of theory, were carried out to investigate the interaction of DNA nucleobases with acidic montmorillonite. The surface model was considered in its octahedral (Osub) and tetrahedral (Tsub) substituted forms, known to have different acidic properties. The adsorption of adenine,(More)