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Issue 28, 2011
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Non-conventional hydrogen bonds: pterins-metal anions

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In this paper, we present an analysis of the interaction of metal ions (Cu, Ag and Au) with three different pterins (pterin, isoxanthopterin and sepiapterin) to provide insights concerning the formation of conventional and non-conventional H bonds. Density functional theory calculations were performed in order to reveal the optimized structures of pterin molecules, dimers and tetramers compounds, both with and without metal anions (M). The interaction with small metal clusters (M3) is also considered. The formation of different systems is characterized in terms of the structural parameters and hydrogen binding energies (HBE). The HBE values for pterin-M systems presented in this study lie between 22 and 60 kcal mol−1 and can therefore be classified as strong conventional and strong non-conventional hydrogen bonds. The HBE with small metal clusters (pterin-M3) are smaller than the HBE with metal atoms. Vertical electron detachment energies (VEDEs) are also reported in order to analyze the influence of the hydrogen bond on electronic properties. A direct correlation between VEDEs and HBE was found for pterin-M and pterin-M3 complexes; i.e. as the VEDEs increase, the HBE also augment. The only exception is with Ag3. The main conclusion derived from this study is that the strong non-conventional hydrogen bonds formed between pterins, dimers and tetramers do not affect the formation of conventional hydrogen bonds between pterins but they do influence the VEDEs.

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14 Jan 2011
07 May 2011
First published
22 Jun 2011

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 12775-12784
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Non-conventional hydrogen bonds: pterins-metal anions

R. Vargas and A. Martínez, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 12775
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20134D

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