Ricardo A. Mata

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We have estimated free energies for the binding of nine cyclic carboxylate guest molecules to the octa-acid host in the SAMPL4 blind-test challenge with four different approaches. First, we used standard free-energy perturbation calculations of relative binding affinities, performed at the molecular-mechanics (MM) level with TIP3P waters, the GAFF force(More)
The geometry dependence of excitation domains in local correlation methods can lead to noncontinuous potential energy surfaces. We propose a simple domain merging procedure which eliminates this problem in many situations. The method is applied to heterolytic bond dissociations of ketene and propadienone, to SN2 reactions of Cl(-) with alkylchlorides, and(More)
The synthesis of homochiral homo-oligomers of cis- and trans-3-aminotetrahydrofuran-2-carboxylic acids (parent cis- and trans-furanoid-β-amino acids, referred to as "cis-/trans-FAA") has been carried out to understand their secondary structures and their dependence on the ring heteroatom. The oligomers of two diastereomers have been shown to have a distinct(More)
In this Perspective, several developments in the field of quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approaches are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the use of correlated wavefunction theory and new state of the art methods for the treatment of large quantum systems. Until recently, computational chemistry approaches to large/complex chemical problems(More)
A hybrid scheme for the computation of reaction energies in large molecular systems is proposed. The approach is based on localized orbitals and allows for the treatment of different parts of a molecule at different computational levels. The localized orbitals are assigned to regions, and then different local correlation methods, such as local MP2 or local(More)
A new incremental approach to the computation of vertical excitation energies is presented. The method works based on the definition of a dominant occupied orbital where the excitation takes place (natural transition orbital) and by localizing the remaining occupied space. The use of a reduced two-body expansion leads to a linear number of terms to be(More)
The proteasome is a validated target for anticancer therapy, and proteasome inhibition is employed in the clinic for the treatment of tumors and hematological malignancies. Here, we describe crystal structures of the native human 20S proteasome and its complexes with inhibitors, which either are drugs approved for cancer treatment or are in clinical trials.(More)
A series of electronic structure calculations has been carried out on an artificial anion binding host. The compound with four Pd(II) cations and a total of eight bis-monodentate pyridyl ligands forms by self-assembly an interpenetrated double cage with three binding pockets. Through the use of a simple push-and-pull model connecting the potentials of the(More)
The hydroxylation reaction catalyzed by p-hydroxybenzoate hydroxylase has been investigated by quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations at different levels of QM theory. The solvated enzyme was modeled (approximately 23,000 atoms in total, 49 QM atoms). The geometries of reactant and transition state were optimized for ten representative(More)