IMR Press / FBL / Volume 14 / Issue 9 / DOI: 10.2741/3473

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On the role of the solvent in biosystems: atomistic insights from computer simulations
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1 Max-Planck Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Noethnitzer Str. 40, 01187 Dresden, Germany

Academic Editor: Dirk Zahn

Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2009, 14(9), 3586–3593; https://doi.org/10.2741/3473
Published: 1 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atomistic simulations in biosciences: models and methods)
Abstract

This review describes recent progress of atomistic simulations to promote the understanding of the role of the solvent in biophysics and biochemistry. Fundamental aspects of aqueous solutions and their importance for the rationalization of biomolecular arrangements and metabolic transport are discussed. Many of these insights were obtained from molecular dynamics simulations performed during the last three decades. In combination with quantum mechanical descriptions this approach nowadays advanced to a reliable tool for the investigation of biochemical reactions. Apart from passive coordination of the reactants, the solvent studies may also address proton transfer over chains of hydrogen bonded molecules.

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