Implicit solvation based on generalized Born theory in different dielectric environments
Brooks, Charles L., III
American Institute of Physics
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In this paper we are investigating the effect of the dielectric environment on atomic Born radii used in generalized Born (GB) methods. Motivated by the Kirkwood expression for the reaction field of a single off-center charge in a spherical cavity, we are proposing extended formalisms for the calculation of Born radii as a function of external and internal dielectric constants. We demonstrate that reaction field energies calculated from environmentally dependent Born radii lead to much improved agreement with Poisson–Boltzmann solutions for low dielectric external environments, such as biological membranes or organic solvent, compared to previous methods where the calculation of Born radii does not depend on the environment. We also examine how this new approach can be applied for the calculation of transfer free energies from vacuum to a given external dielectric for a system with an internal dielectric larger than one. This has not been possible with standard GB theory but is relevant when scoring minimized or average structures with implicit solvent.
Copyright 2004 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in The Journal of Chemical Physics and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1631258.
Feig, Michael, Wonpil Im, and Charles L. Brooks. "Implicit Solvation Based on Generalized Born Theory in Different Dielectric Environments." The Journal of Chemical Physics 120.2 (2004): 903. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1631258.
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