Conformational analysis of six- and twelve-membered ring compounds by molecular dynamics

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I T Christensen, Flemming Steen Jørgensen

A molecular dynamics (MD)-based conformational analysis has been performed on a number of cycloalkanes in order to demonstrate the reliability and generality of MD as a tool for conformational analysis. MD simulations on cyclohexane and a series of methyl-substituted cyclohexanes were performed at temperatures between 400 and 1200 K. Depending on the simulation temperature, different types of interconversions (twist-boat-twist-boat, twist-boat-chair and chair-chair) could be observed, and the MD simulations demonstrated the expected correlation between simulation temperature and ring inversion barriers. A series of methyl-substituted 1,3-dioxanes were investigated at 1000 K, and the number of chair-chair interconversions could be quantitatively correlated to the experimentally determined ring inversion barrier. Similarly, the distribution of sampled minimum-energy conformations correlated with the energy-derived Boltzmann distribution. The macrocyclic ring system cyclododecane was subjected to an MD simulation at 1000 K and 71 different conformations could be sampled. These conformations were compared with the results of previously reported conformational analyses using stochastic search methods, and the MD method provided 19 out of the 20 most stable conformations found in the MM2 force field. Finally, the general performance of the MD method for conformational analysis is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Computer - Aided Molecular Design
Volume11
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)385-94
Number of pages10
ISSN0920-654X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

    Research areas

  • Calorimetry, Cyclohexanes, Dioxanes, Models, Molecular, Molecular Conformation, Molecular Structure, Reproducibility of Results, Software, Structure-Activity Relationship

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