Roberto Improta

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By combining quantum-mechanical analysis and statistical survey of peptide/protein structure databases we here report a thorough investigation of the conformational dependence of the geometry of peptide bond, the basic element of protein structures. Different peptide model systems have been studied by an integrated quantum mechanical approach, employing(More)
By using calculations rooted in the time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) we have investigated how the lowest energy excited states of a face-to-face pi-stacked cytosine dimer vary with the intermonomer distance (R). The perfomances of different density functionals have been compared, focussing mainly on the lowest energy single excited state of(More)
The conformational behavior of the title compounds has been investigated by Hartree-Fock, MP2, and DFT computations on the most significant structures related to variations of the backbone dihedral angles, cis/trans isomerism around the peptide bond, and diastereoisomeric puckering of the pyrrolidine ring. In vacuum the reversed gamma turn (gammal),(More)
The role of intraresidue interactions in determining the conformational behavior of polypeptides is analyzed by means of density functional and post-Hartree-Fock computations on the alanine dipeptide analog and other model compounds. Our computations show that the accuracy of current density functionals is sufficient for H-bond, electrostatic, inductive,(More)
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