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#5138 01/21/2005 11:55 PM
by Jason
Hello All,

I am rather new to Charmm and have a question about which neutral histidine residue is better, HSE or HSD. I imagine the answer is something like, it depends on the situation. I am trying to model human fibrinogen. I would appreciate any answer, even if it is it depends.


Jason Hower
U of Washington Chemical Engineering
Charmm user since Jan. 2005
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#5140 Jan 22nd a 08:39 PM
by rmv
It's not so easy to answer that question, and the last I knew it's only been done unambiguously via NMR for a few enzyme systems. Most crystal structures are fits to e- density and refinement with a program like X-PLOR, and the His sidechain rotation can be subject to both the forcefield and uncertainities in the e- density. Still, it's not unreasonable to assume the crystal structure is correct, and then determine the protonation states by inspection. If either NE or ND of the His ring are suitably positioned to make a good hydrogen bond if protonated, then place the proton on that N atom.
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