Dispersion terms and analysis of size- and charge dependence in an enhanced poisson-boltzmann approach

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We implement a well-established concept to consider dispersion effects within a Poisson-Boltzmann approach of continuum solvation of proteins. The theoretical framework is particularly suited for boundary element methods. Free parameters are determined by comparison to experimental data as well as high-level quantum mechanical reference calculations. The method is general and can be easily extended in several directions. The model is tested on various chemical substances and found to yield good-quality estimates of the solvation free energy without obvious indication of any introduced bias. Once optimized, the model is applied to a series of proteins, and factors such as protein size or partial charge assignments are studied. © 2007 American Chemical Society.

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Journal of Physical Chemistry B