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Probing the Importance of Charge Flux in Force Field Modeling

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  • Elaheh Sedghamiz, University of Isfahan
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  • Balazs Nagy
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  • Frank Jensen

We analyze the conformational dependence of atomic charges and molecular dipole moments for a selection of ∼900 conformations of peptide models of the 20 neutral amino acids. Based on a set of reference density functional theory calculations, we partition the changes into effects due to changes in bond distances, bond angles, and torsional angles and into geometry and charge flux contributions. This allows an assessment of the limitations of fixed charge force fields and indications for how to design improved force fields. The torsional degrees of freedom are the main contribution to conformational changes of atomic charges and molecular dipole moments, but indirect effects due to change in bond distances and angles account for ∼25% of the variation. Charge flux effects dominate for changes in bond distances and are also the main component of the variation in bond angles, while they are ∼25% compared to the geometry variations for torsional degrees of freedom. The geometry and charge flux contributions to some extent produce compensating effects.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Pages (from-to)3715-3721
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017

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