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J Comput Chem. 2006 May;27(7):825-36.

A comparison of quantum chemical models for calculating NMR shielding parameters in peptides: mixed basis set and ONIOM methods combined with a complete basis set extrapolation.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, California 92037.


This article compares several quantum mechanical approaches to the computation of chemical shielding tensors in peptide fragments. First, we describe the effects of basis set quality up to the complete basis set (CBS) limit and level of theory (HF, MP2, and DFT) for four different atoms in trans N-methylacetamide. For both isotropic shielding and shielding anisotropy, the MP2 results in the CBS limit show the best agreement with experiment. The HF values show quite a different tendency to MP2, and even in the CBS limit they are far from experiment for not only the isotropic shielding of carbonyl carbon but also most shielding anisotropies. In most cases, the DFT values differ systematically from MP2, and small basis-set (double- or triple-zeta) results are often fortuitously in better agreement with the experiment than the CBS ones. Second, we compare the mixed basis set and ONIOM methods, combined with CBS extrapolation, for chemical shielding calculations at a DFT level using various model peptides. From the results, it is shown that the mixed basis set method provides better results than ONIOM, compared to CBS calculations using the nonpartitioned full systems. The information studied here will be useful in guiding the selection of proper quantum chemical models, which are in a tradeoff between accuracy and cost, for shielding studies of peptides and proteins.

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