This dissertation consists of two parts. The first part concerns the use of explicit polarization theory (X-Pol), the semiempirical polarized molecular orbital (PMO) method, and the dipole preserving, polarization consistent (DPPC) charge model as a quantum mechanical force field (QMFF). A detailed discussion of Hartree-Fock theory and X-Pol is provided, along with expressions for the energy and the analytical first derivative of this QMFF. Test cases for this QMFF with extensive comparisons to experimental data and other models are provided for water (XP3P) and hydrogen fluoride (XPHF), showing that the PMO/X-Pol/DPPC approach discussed in this dissertation is competitive with the most accurate models for those two chemical species over a wide range of chemical and physical properties.The second part of this dissertation concerns the development and application of coarse-grained models for protein dynamics. First, a coarse-grained force field (CGFF) for macromolecules in crowded environments is introduced and described along with a visualization environment for the cartoon-like rendering of biomolecules in vivo. This CGFF is tested against experimental diffusion coefficients for myoglobin (Mb) at a wide range of concentrations, including volume fractions as high as 40%, finding it to be surprisingly accurate for its simplicity and level of coarseness. Second, an analytical coarse-grained (ACG) model for mapping the internal dynamics of proteins into a spherical harmonic expansion is described.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. January 2014. Major: Scientific Computation. Advisor: Prof. Jiali Gao. 1 computer file (PDF); xxviii, 274 pages, appendices A-B.
Mazack, Michael John Morgan.
The explicit polarization theory as a quantum mechanical force field and the development of coarse-grained models for simulating crowded systems of many proteins.
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