We applied the combined quantum mechanical (QM)/molecular mechanical (MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method in assessing IR spectra of N -methylacetamide and its deuterated form in aqueous solutions. The model peptide is treated at the Austin Model 1 (AM1) level and the induced dipole effects by the solvent are incorporated in fluctuating solute dipole moments, which are calculated using partial charges from Mulliken population analyses without resorting to any available high-level ab initio dipole moment data. Fourier transform of the solute dipole autocorrelation function produces in silico IR spectra, in which the relative peak intensities and bandwidths of major amide bands are quantitatively compatible with experimental results only when both geometric and electronic polarizations of the peptide by the solvent are dealt with at the same quantum-mechanical level. We cast light on the importance of addressing dynamic charge fluctuations of the solute in calculating IR spectra by comparing classical and QM/MM MD simulation results. We propose the adjustable scaling factors for each amide mode to be directly compared with experimental data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics