Fragmentation-based decomposition of a metalloenzyme-substrate interaction: A case study for a lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase

Janine Hellmers, Erik Donovan Hedegård, Carolin König

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We present a novel decomposition scheme for electronic interaction energies based on the flexible formulation of fragmentation schemes through fragment combination ranges (FCRs; J. Chem. Phys., 2021, 155, 164105). We devise a clear additive decomposition with contribution of nondisjoint fragments and correction terms for overlapping fragments and apply this scheme to the metalloenzyme-substrate complex of a lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase (LPMO) with an oligosaccharide. By this, we further illustrate the straightforward adaptability of the FCR-based schemes to novel systems. Our calculations suggest that the description of the electronic structure is a larger error source than the fragmentation scheme. In particular, we find a large impact of the basis set size on the interaction energies. Still, the introduction of three-body interaction terms in the fragmentation setup improves the agreement to the supermolecular reference. Yet, the qualitative results for the decomposition scheme with two-body terms only largely agree within the investigated electronic-structure approaches and basis sets, which are B97-3c, DFT (TPSS and B3LYP), and MP2 methods. The overlap contributions are found to be small, allowing analysis of the interaction energy into individual amino acid residues: We find a particularly strong interaction between the substrate and the LPMO copper active site.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number29
Pages (from-to)5400-5412
Publication statusPublished - 28. Jul 2022


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