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A computationally inexpensive design strategy involving 'semirational' screening for enzymatic catalysis is presented. The protocol is based on well-established computational methods and represents a holistic approach to the catalytic process. The model reaction studied here is the Diels-Alder, for which a successful computational design has recently been(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed on the regulatory domain of the Escherichia coli OxyR transcription factor for the different chemical states along the mechanistic cycle for its activation by hydrogen peroxide. Conformational analysis indicates that His198 and Arg220 catalytic residues can be involved in the biochemical process of(More)
A thorough theoretical investigation of four promising green energetic materials is presented. The kinetic stability of the dinitramide, trinitrogen dioxide, pentazole, and oxopentazole anions has been evaluated in the gas phase and in solution by using high-level ab initio and DFT calculations. Theoretical UV spectra, solid-state heats of formation,(More)
A novel computational Diels-Alderase design, based on a relatively rare form of carboxylesterase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus, is presented and theoretically evaluated. The structure was found by mining the PDB for a suitable oxyanion hole-containing structure, followed by a combinatorial approach to find suitable substrates and rational mutations.(More)
In previous studies, it was reported that a neighbouring equatorial ester group is essential for a good yield of nitrite-mediated triflate inversion, whereas with neighbouring benzyl ether groups or axial ester groups, mixtures are generally produced. In the present study, the origin of this difference was addressed. The ambident reactivity of the nitrite(More)
A computational approach using density functional theory to compute the energies of the possible σ-complex reaction intermediates, the "σ-complex approach", has been shown to be very useful in predicting regioselectivity, in electrophilic as well as nucleophilic aromatic substitution. In this article we give a short overview of the background for these(More)
Reduction and oxidation potentials of a series of parasubstituted phenylselanyl radicals, XC(6)H(4)Se(*), have been measured using photomodulated voltammetry in acetonitrile. The thermodynamic significance of these data was substantiated through a study of the oxidation process of the pertinent selenolates in linear sweep voltammetry. Both the reduction and(More)
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