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Master of Science (MS)
Chemistry (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Roger M. LeBlanc
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Fourth Committee Member
Stephan C. Schürer
In this study, theoretical and computational approaches have been utilized to investigate the mechanisms of natural and artificial metalloproteases. The active sites of most natural metalloproteases contain a tetrahedral zinc center, coordinated by three amino acid residues combinated from His(N), Cys(S), Glu(O), and Asp(O) with a water molecule as the fourth ligand. However, the roles played by the ligands environment in the catalytic functions of enzyme are not clear. In this study, the effects of different ligand combinations (NS2, N2S, N2O, N3, S3, NO2 and NSO) in the mechanism were investigated energy barriers were compared. The machanism and energetics of the substrate bound artificial metalloproteases Ni(II)cyclen (cyclen: 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane) and Cd(II)cyclen have been investigated. In addition, the mechanism of hydrolysis of Phe-Phe peptide bond catalyzed by another artificial metalloprotease [Pd(H2O)4]2+ has also been studied.
mechanism; natural and artificial metalloproteases; theoretical insight
Li, Shanghao, "Theoretical Insight into Mechanisms of Natural and Artificial Metalloproteases" (2011). Open Access Theses. 265.