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The structure and function of blue copper proteins

Ryde, Ulf LU ; Olsson, Mats H M LU and Pierloot, Kristine (2001) In Theoretical and Computational Chemistry 9. p.1-55
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Theoretical investigations of the structure and function of the blue copper proteins and the dimeric CuA site are described. We have studied the optimum vacuum geometry of oxidised and reduced copper sites, the relative stability of trigonal and tetragonal Cu(II) structures, the relation between the structure and electronic spectra, the reorganisation energy, and reduction potentials. We also compare their electron-transfer properties with those of cytochromes and iron-sulphur clusters. Our calculations give no support to the suggestion that strain plays a significant role in the function of these proteins; on the contrary, our results show that the structures encountered in the proteins are close to their optimal vacuum... (More)

Theoretical investigations of the structure and function of the blue copper proteins and the dimeric CuA site are described. We have studied the optimum vacuum geometry of oxidised and reduced copper sites, the relative stability of trigonal and tetragonal Cu(II) structures, the relation between the structure and electronic spectra, the reorganisation energy, and reduction potentials. We also compare their electron-transfer properties with those of cytochromes and iron-sulphur clusters. Our calculations give no support to the suggestion that strain plays a significant role in the function of these proteins; on the contrary, our results show that the structures encountered in the proteins are close to their optimal vacuum geometries (within 7 kJ/mole) and that the favourable properties are achieved by an appropriate choice of ligands. We use the density functional B3LYP method for the geometries, multiconfigurational second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2) for calculations of accurate energies and spectra, point-charge models, continuum approaches, and combined classical and quantum chemical methods for the environment, and classical force-field calculations for estimation of dynamic effects and free energies.

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  author       = {Ryde, Ulf and Olsson, Mats H M and Pierloot, Kristine},
  issn         = {1380-7323},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--55},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Theoretical and Computational Chemistry},
  title        = {The structure and function of blue copper proteins},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1380-7323(01)80002-9},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2001},
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