A generalized G-SFED continuum solvation free energy calculation model

Sehan Lee, Kwang Hwi Cho, Young Mook Kang, Harold A. Scheraga, Kyoung Tai No

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An empirical continuum solvation model, solvation free energy density (SFED), has been developed to calculate solvation free energies of a molecule in the most frequently used solvents. A generalized version of the SFED model, generalized-SFED (G-SFED), is proposed here to calculate molecular solvation free energies in virtually any solvent. G-SFED provides an accurate and fast generalized framework without a complicated description of a solution. In the model, the solvation free energy of a solute is represented as a linear combination of empirical functions of the solute properties representing the effects of solute on various solute-solvent interactions, and the complementary solvent effects on these interactions were reflected in the linear expansion coefficients with a few solvent properties. G-SFED works well for a wide range of sizes and polarities of solute molecules in various solvents as shown by a set of 5,753 solvation free energies of diverse combinations of 103 solvents and 890 solutes. Octanol-water partition coefficients of small organic compounds and peptides were calculated with G-SFED with accuracy within 0.4 log unit for each group. The G-SFED computation time depends linearly on the number of nonhydrogen atoms (n) in a molecule, O(n).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E662-E667
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb 19

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