Noncovalent Interaction Analysis in Fluctuating Environments.


Journal Article

Noncovalent interactions play a central role in many chemical and biological systems. In a previous study, Johnson et al developed a NonCovalent Interaction (NCI) index to characterize and visualize different types of weak interactions. To apply the NCI analysis to fluctuating environments as in solution phase, we here develop a new Averaged NonCovalent Interaction (i.e., aNCI) index along with a fluctuation index to characterize magnitude of interactions and fluctuations. We applied aNCI for various systems including solute-solvent and ligand-protein noncovalent interactions. For water and benzene molecules in aqueous solution, solvation structures and the specific hydrogen bond patterns were visualized clearly. For the Cl(-)+CH3Cl SN2 reaction in aqueous solution, charge reorganization influences over solvation structure along SN2 reaction were revealed. For ligand-protein systems, aNCI can recover several key fluctuating hydrogen bond patterns that have potential applications for drug design. Therefore, aNCI, as a complementary approach to the original NCI method, can extract and visualize noncovalent interactions from thermal noise in fluctuating environments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, P; Chaudret, R; Hu, X; Yang, W

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2226 - 2234

PubMed ID

  • 23894230

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23894230

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-9626

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1549-9618

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/ct4001087


  • eng