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QM/MM Investigation of the Spectroscopic Properties of the Fluorophore of Bacterial Luciferase

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posted on 2021-01-15, 20:17 authored by Germano Giuliani, Federico Melaccio, Samer Gozem, Andrea Cappelli, Massimo Olivucci
We employ replica-exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) and a hybrid ab initio multiconfigurational quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach to model the absorption and fluorescence properties of bacterial luciferin-luciferase. Specifically, we employ complete active space perturbation theory (CASPT2) and study the effect of active space, basis set, and IPEA shift on the computed energies. We discuss the effect of the protein environment on the fluorophore’s excited-state potential energy surface and the role that the protein plays in enhancing the fluorescence quantum yield in bacterial bioluminescence.