On the influence of hydrated ionic liquids on the dynamical structure of model proteins: a computational study

Michael Haberler, Othmar Steinhauser (Korresp. Autor*in)

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The solvation of the protein ubiquitin (PDB entry "1UBQ'') in hydrated molecular ionic liquids was studied for varying water content or, equivalently, a diversity of ionic strengths. The cations and anions were 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium and trifluoromethanesulfonate, respectively. The protein's shape and stability as well as the solvation structure, the shell dynamics and the shell resolved dielectric properties were investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The respective simulation trajectories covered 200 nanoseconds. Besides the characteristic point already found for the zinc finger motif at the transition from the pure aqueous environment to the ionic solution an even more pronounced state is found where several properties show extremal behaviour (maximum or minimum). This second characteristic point occurs at the transition from the ionic solution to the hydrated ionic melt where water changes its role from a solvent to a co-solvent. Most of the data analysis presented here is based on the Voronoi decomposition of space.
Seiten (von - bis)17994-18004
FachzeitschriftPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2011

ÖFOS 2012

  • 106002 Biochemie
  • 104017 Physikalische Chemie