Time-dependent density functional theory study of cobalt corrinoids: Electronically excited states of coenzyme B-12

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.3190326
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume131
Issue10
Subjectcobalt corrinoids; coenzyme B-12; oxcillator strengths
AbstractThe analysis of the electronic spectra of adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl) and its derivative in which the trans axial base was replaced by a water molecule (AdoCbi–H2O) has been performed by means of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). The latter corresponds to the situation encountered in strongly acidic conditions. The TDDFT electronic transitions and oscillator strengths were calculated at the optimized B3LYP and BP86 ground state equilibrium geometries. A comparison of the orbital energy diagrams obtained with the B3LYP and BP86 functionals reveals a different orbital order and composition of the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals. In B3LYP the lowest-energy transitions are of π/d→π*, π/d→σ*, and π/d→d characters while in the case of BP86 they are mainly d/π→π* and d→π*. The long range charge transfer transitions involving excitations from adenine π orbitals to antibonding corrin π* orbital can be observed at low energies, especially in BP86 results. Calculated electronic excitations were used to simulate the absorption spectra for a direct comparison with the absorption spectra recorded for AdoCbl at different pH values. As previously found for methylcobalamin [ see Andruniów et al., J. Chem. Phys. 129, 085101 (2008) ] also for AdoCbl the two-parameter scaling technique is required to obtain a satisfactory agreement between theoretical and experimental spectra. Both functionals correctly predict the shifting of the lowest intense transition toward blue by approximately 13 nm upon changing pH from 7 to 1.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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