Evaluating electronic structure methods for accurate calculation of F-19 chemical shifts in fluorinated amino acids

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Dahanayake, Jayangika Niroshani
Kasireddy, Chandana
Ellis, Jonathan M.
Hildebrandt, Derek
Hull, Olivia A.
Karnes, Joseph P.
Morlan, Dylan
Mitchell-Koch, Katie R.

J. N. Dahanayake, C. Kasireddy, J. M. Ellis, D. Hildebrandt, O. A. Hull, J. P. Karnes, D. Morlan, K. R. Mitchell-Koch. J. Comput. Chem. 2017, 38, 2605–2617


The ability of electronic structure methods (11 density functionals, HF, and MP2 calculations; two basis sets and two solvation models) to accurately calculate the F-19 chemical shifts of 31 structures of fluorinated amino acids and analogues with known experimental F-19 NMR spectra has been evaluated. For this task, BHandHLYP, omega B97X, and HartreeFock with scaling factors (provided within) are most accurate. Additionally, the accuracy of methods to calculate relative changes in fluorine shielding across 23 sets of structural variants, such as zwitterionic amino acids versus side chains only, was also determined. This latter criterion may be a better indicator of reliable methods for the ultimate goal of assigning and interpreting chemical shifts of fluorinated amino acids in proteins. It was found that MP2 and M062X calculations most accurately assess changes in shielding among analogues. These results serve as a guide for computational developments to calculate F-19 chemical shifts in biomolecular environments.

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