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See detailGround and Excited State Dissociation Dynamics of Ionized 1,1-Difluoroethene
Gridelet, Evelyne; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Locht, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2005), 109(37), 8225-8235

The kinetic energy release distributions (KERDs) for the fluorine atom loss from the 1,1-difluoroethene cation have been recorded with two spectrometers in two different energy ranges. A first experiment ... [more ▼]

The kinetic energy release distributions (KERDs) for the fluorine atom loss from the 1,1-difluoroethene cation have been recorded with two spectrometers in two different energy ranges. A first experiment uses dissociative photoionization with the He(I) and Ne(I) resonance lines, providing the ions with a broad internal energy range, up to 7 eV above the dissociation threshold. The second experiment samples the metastable range, and the average ion internal energy is limited to about 0.2 eV above the threshold. In both energy domains, KERDs are found to be bimodal. Each component has been analyzed by the maximum entropy method. The narrow, low kinetic energy components display for both experiments the characteristics of a statistical, simple bond cleavage reaction: constraint equal to the square root of the fragment kinetic energy and ergodicity index higher than 90%. Furthermore, this component is satisfactorily accounted for in the metastable time scale by the orbiting transition state theory. Potential energy surfaces corresponding to the five lowest electronic states of the dissociating 1,1-C2H2F2+ ion have been investigated by ab initio calculations at various levels. The equilibrium geometry of these states, their dissociation energies, and their vibrational wavenumbers have been calculated, and a few conical intersections between these surfaces have been identified. It comes out that the ionic ground state (X) over tilde B-2(1) is adiabatically correlated with the lowest dissociation asymptote. Its potential energy curve increases in a monotonic way along the reaction coordinate, giving rise to the narrow KERD component. Two states embedded in the third photoelectron band ( (B) over tilde (2)A(1), at 15.95 eV and (C) over tilde B-2(2) at 16.17 eV) also correlate with the lowest asymptote at 14.24 eV. We suggest that their repulsive behavior along the reaction coordinate be responsible for the KERD high kinetic energy contribution. [less ▲]

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See detailCrp of Streptomyces Coelicolor Is the Third Transcription Factor of the Large Crp-Fnr Superfamily Able to Bind Camp
Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Lecocq, Elke et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2004), 325(3), 983-90

The chromosomal inactivation of the unique transcription factor of Streptomyces coelicolor that displays a cyclic-nucleotide-binding domain, Crp(Sco), led to a germination-defective phenotype similar to ... [more ▼]

The chromosomal inactivation of the unique transcription factor of Streptomyces coelicolor that displays a cyclic-nucleotide-binding domain, Crp(Sco), led to a germination-defective phenotype similar to the mutant of the adenylate cyclase gene (cya) unable to produce cAMP. By means of cAMP affinity chromatography we demonstrate the specific cAMP-binding ability of Crp(Sco), which definitely demonstrate that a Cya/cAMP/Crp system is used to trigger germination in S. coelicolor. However, electromobility shift assays with the purified Crp(Sco)-cAMP complex and the CRP-like cis-acting element of its own promoter failed. Moreover, we were unable to complement an Escherichia coli crp mutant in trans with Crp(Sco). The fact that Vfr from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and GlxR from Corynebacterium glutamicum could complement such an E. coli mutant suggests that the way Crp(Sco) interacts with DNA should mechanistically differ from its most similar members. This hypothesis was further supported by homology modelling of Crp(Sco) that confirmed an unusual organisation of the DNA-binding domain compared to the situation observed in Crp(Eco). [less ▲]

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See detailMutational analysis of the catalytic centre of the Citrobacter freundii AmpD N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase
Genereux, Catherine ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Devreese, Bart et al

in Biochemical Journal (2004), 377(Pt 1), 111-120

Citrobacter freundii AmpD is an intracellular 1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase involved in both peptidoglycan recycling and beta-lactamase induction. AmpD exhibits a strict specificity for 1 ... [more ▼]

Citrobacter freundii AmpD is an intracellular 1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase involved in both peptidoglycan recycling and beta-lactamase induction. AmpD exhibits a strict specificity for 1,6-anhydromuropeptides and requires zinc for enzymic activity. The AmpD three-dimensional structure exhibits a fold similar to that of another Zn2+ N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase, the T7 lysozyme, and these two enzymes define a new family of Zn-amidases which can be related to the eukaryotic PGRP (peptidoglycan-recognition protein) domains. In an attempt to assign the different zinc ligands and to probe the catalytic mechanism of AmpD amidase, molecular modelling based on the NMR structure and site-directed mutagenesis were performed. Mutation of the two residues presumed to act as zinc ligands into alanine (H34A and D164A) yielded inactive proteins which had also lost their ability to bind zinc. By contrast, the active H154N mutant retained the capacity to bind the metal ion. Three other residues which could be involved in the AmpD catalytic mechanism have been mutated (Y63F, E116A, K162H and K162Q). The E116A mutant was inactive, but on the basis of the molecular modelling this residue is not directly involved in the catalytic mechanism, but rather in the binding of the zinc by contributing to the correct orientation of His-34. The K162H and K162Q mutants retained very low activity (0.7 and 0.2% of the wildtype activity respectively), whereas the Y63F mutant showed 16% of the wild-type activity. These three latter mutants exhibited a good affinity for Zn ions and the substituted residues are probably involved in the binding of the substrate. We also describe a new method for generating the N-acetylglucosaminyl-1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramyl-tripeptide AmpD substrate from purified peptidoglycan by the combined action of two hydrolytic enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailVertical ionization energies of alpha-L-amino acids as a function of their conformation: an ab initio study
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2004), 5(11-12, NOV-DEC), 301-332

Vertical ionization energies (IE) as a function of the conformation are determined at the quantum chemistry level for eighteen alpha-L-amino acids. Geometry optimization of the neutrals are performed ... [more ▼]

Vertical ionization energies (IE) as a function of the conformation are determined at the quantum chemistry level for eighteen alpha-L-amino acids. Geometry optimization of the neutrals are performed within the Density Functional Theory (DFT) framework using the hybrid method B3LYP and the 6-31G**(5d) basis set. Few comparisons are made with wave-function-based ab initio correlated methods like MP2, QCISD or CCSD. For each amino acid, several conformations are considered that lie in the range 10-15 kJ/mol by reference to the more stable one. Their IE are calculated using the Outer-Valence-Green's-Functions (OVGF) method at the neutrals' geometry. Few comparisons are made with MP2 and QCISD IE. It turns out that the OVGF results are satisfactory but an uncertainty relative to the most stable conformer at the B3LYP level persists. Moreover, the value of the IE can largely depend on the conformation due to the fact that the ionized molecular orbitals (MO) can change a lot as a function of the nuclear structure. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic mechanism of the Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein probed by site-directed mutagenesis and structural analysis
Rhazi, Noureddine ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(10), 2895-2906

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic ... [more ▼]

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic mechanism, the roles of residues Lys38, Ser96, and Cys98, belonging to the structural elements defining the active site cleft, have been investigated by site-directed mutagenesis, biochemical studies, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The Lys38His and Ser96Ala mutations almost completely abolished the penicillin binding and severely impaired the transpeptidase activities while the geometry of the active site was essentially the same as in the wild-type enzyme. It is proposed that Lys38 acts as the catalytic base that abstracts a proton from the active serine Ser35 during nucleophilic attack and that Ser96 is a key intermediate in the proton transfer from the Ogamma of Ser35 to the substrate leaving group nitrogen. The role of these two residues should be conserved among penicillin-binding proteins containing the Ser-Xaa-Asn/Cys sequence in motif 2. Conversion of Cys98 into Asn decreased the transpeptidase activity and increased hydrolysis of the thiolester substrate and the acylation rate with most beta-lactam antibiotics. Cys98 is proposed to play the same role as Asn in motif 2 of other penicilloyl serine transferases in properly positioning the substrate for the catalytic process. [less ▲]

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See detailNMR structure of Citrobacter freundii AmpD, comparison with bacteriophage T7 lysozyme and homology with PGRP domains.
Liepinsh, Edvards; Genereux, Catherine ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2003), 327(4), 833-42

AmpD is a bacterial amidase involved in the recycling of cell-wall fragments in Gram-negative bacteria. Inactivation of AmpD leads to derepression of beta-lactamase expression, presenting a major pathway ... [more ▼]

AmpD is a bacterial amidase involved in the recycling of cell-wall fragments in Gram-negative bacteria. Inactivation of AmpD leads to derepression of beta-lactamase expression, presenting a major pathway for the acquisition of constitutive antibiotic resistance. Here, we report the NMR structure of AmpD from Citrobacter freundii (PDB accession code 1J3G). A deep substrate-binding pocket explains the observed specificity for low molecular mass substrates. The fold is related to that of bacteriophage T7 lysozyme. Both proteins bind zinc at a conserved site and require zinc for amidase activity, although the enzymatic mechanism seems to differ in detail. The structure-based sequence alignment identifies conserved features that are also conserved in the eukaryotic peptidoglycan recognition protein (PGRP) domains, including the zinc-coordination site in several of them. PGRP domains thus belong to the same fold family and, where zinc-binding residues are conserved, may have amidase activity. This hypothesis is supported by the observation that human serum N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase seems to be identical with a soluble form of human PGRP-L. [less ▲]

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See detailHartree-Fock instabilities: Relation between an artifact and some properties.
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Geron, Christine

in Recent Research Development in Chemical Physics (2002), 3

The Hartree-Fock instability problem is reviewed and some of the instabilities are put in relation with particular properties of the system.

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See detailQualitative Comparison between the Quantum Calculations and Electrospray Mass Spectra of Complexes of Polyammonium Macrotricyclic Ligands with Dicarboxylic Acids
Collette, Caroline ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2001), 12(3), 304-16

The host-guest interactions play a very important role in chemical and biological processes. It is therefore important to be able to characterize these complexes. Electrospray mass spectrometry can be ... [more ▼]

The host-guest interactions play a very important role in chemical and biological processes. It is therefore important to be able to characterize these complexes. Electrospray mass spectrometry can be used to characterize the complex formation. It provides information on the mass and the charge of these ionic complexes. In this article, we show that the use of ab initio and semiempirical calculations, in addition to the results obtained by electrospray mass spectrometry, reveal to be a promising tool for the study of these noncovalent complexes. In this article, host-guest complexes formed by macropolycyclic polyammonium host molecules and dicarboxylic acids are studied. [less ▲]

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See detailAbout the Photoionization of Methyl Chloride. A Threshold Photoelectron Spectroscopic and Photoionization Mass Spectrometric investigation.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2001), 272

The threshold photoelectron spectroscopic (TPES) and the photoionization mass spectrometric (PIMS) study of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) in the 8-20 eV photon energy is presented. The interpretation and ... [more ▼]

The threshold photoelectron spectroscopic (TPES) and the photoionization mass spectrometric (PIMS) study of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) in the 8-20 eV photon energy is presented. The interpretation and assignments are supported by ab initio calculations. The detailed analysis of the TPES shows numerous features in the Jahn-Teller split ground X2E(2A'-2A") state of CH3Cl+ and a new continuus band peaking at 13.4 eV. These were assigned to both direct ionization and autoionizing transitions. The transitions to the A2A1 and to the B2E states undergo a large enhancement ascribed to important autoionizing contributions. Based on the present calculations, the weak to very weak signals in the 19-26 eV photon energy range were mainly assigned to 2a1-1 ionization and to double excitations described essentially by 2e-2, 4a11 and 1e-1, 2e-1, 4a11 configurations. The PIMS study allowed us to investigate in detail the ionization and dissociation of CH3Cl+ into CH2+, CH3+, CHCl+ and CH2Cl+ from threshold up to 20 eV photon energy. At the onset, the CH3+, CHCl+ and CH2Cl+ fragment ion production is correlated to the ground state of CH3Cl+ and all fragment ions have to appear through dissociative autoionization from the 2e->3p Rydberg state. This interpretation is supported by the photoabsorption spectrum (PAS) measured recently in the same photon energy range. At higher energies, beside direct dissociation of the A2A1 and B2E states of CH3Cl+ autoionization also contributes to the fragmentation in all decay channels. For CH3+ the photoion-pair process is analyzed and detailed assignments are proposed on the basis of recent PAS data. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Vacuum UV Photoabsorption spectrum of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) and its perdeuterated Isotopomer CD3Cl. II. A vibrational Analysis.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2001), 272

The fine structure of the vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3Cl and CD3Cl has been analyzed in the 7.5-10.5 eV photon energy range. A large number of lines have been observed, classified and ... [more ▼]

The fine structure of the vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3Cl and CD3Cl has been analyzed in the 7.5-10.5 eV photon energy range. A large number of lines have been observed, classified and assigned to vibrational excitation accompanying a series of Rydberg transitions. The vibronic transitions involve both Jahn-Teller distortion and spin-orbit splitting. The former effect has been evaluated by ab initio calculations showing that the 2E state (in the C3v symmetry group) splits into 2A' and 2A" states in the Cs symmetry group. The 2A' state is energetically the lowest component whereas the 2A" is found to be a transition state. The Jahn-Teller stabilisation energy and the wavenumbers associated with all vibrational modes have been calculated. Experimentally, the entire fine structure could be described by using the vibrational modes, i.e. hcomega5= 104+/-7 meV, hcomega6= 77+/-7 meV and homega=162+/-3 meV respectively, as resulting from an average over all the analyzed Rydberg states. In CD3Cl the corresponding energies are hcomega5= 81+/-4 meV, hcomega6= 66+/-5 meV and hcomega= 124+/-4 meV. These values are in good agreement with those predicted by the present ab initio calculations for the ion ground state. However, the agreement is not so good for the wavenumber omega which could be assigned to the nu3 or nu4 vibrational modes. Though some arguments favour nu4 (the CH3 umbrella mode), within the error limits on the present measurements it is formally not possible to ascribe this wavenumber to one of these two vibrations. [less ▲]

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See detailAb initio study of organic mixed valency
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Moradpour, Alec

in International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2000), 76(4), 552-573

A series of six radical cations of the type (D-L-B)(+) was investigated at the ab initio unrestricted Hartree-Fock level. One localized and one delocalized conformation were systematically searched by ... [more ▼]

A series of six radical cations of the type (D-L-B)(+) was investigated at the ab initio unrestricted Hartree-Fock level. One localized and one delocalized conformation were systematically searched by full geometry optimization At both nuclear arrangements, mostly found as being minima in the symmetry-restrained Hartree-Fock framework, excitation energies were calculated through the expansion of the wave function on single electronic excitations of the Hart ee-Fock fundamental determinant and at the unrestricted Hartree-Fock or at the multiconfigurational self consistent field levels. Few calculations were also performed by taking into account some part of the electronic correlation. Except for N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl p-phenylenediamine, all the studied compounds are localized stable cations, at the symmetry-restrained Hartree-Fock level. However, the reoptimization of their wave function changes this observation since only three of them seem to conserve a localized stable conformation. Most of the studied systems are characterized by one or two excited electronic states very dose to the fundamental one and should thus present an unresolved broadened first absorption band in the near-infrared region These features are in agreement with the available experimental data. Strong Hartree-Fock instabilities are found for the delocalized structure and put in relation with the existence of the large nonadiabatic coupling in this conformational region. The solvent influence is discussed in the Onsager dipolar reaction field framework. (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailHartree-Fock instabilities and electronic properties
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg

in Journal of Computational Chemistry (2000), 21(6), 483-504

Hartree-Fock instabilities are investigated for about 80 compounds, from acetylene to mivazerol (27 atoms) and a cluster of 18 water molecules, within a double zeta basis set. For most conjugated systems ... [more ▼]

Hartree-Fock instabilities are investigated for about 80 compounds, from acetylene to mivazerol (27 atoms) and a cluster of 18 water molecules, within a double zeta basis set. For most conjugated systems, the restricted Hartree-Fock wave function of the singlet fundamental state presents an external or so-called triplet instability. This behavior is studied in relation with the electronic correlation, the vicinity of the triplet and singlet excited states, the electronic delocalization linked with resonance, the nature of eventual heteroatoms, and the size of the systems. The case of antiaromatic systems is different, because they may present a very large internal Hartree-Fock instability. Furthermore, the violation of Hund's rule, observed for these compounds, is put in relation with the fact that the high symmetry structure in its singlet state has no feature of a diradical-like species. It appears that the triplet Hartree-Fock instability is directly related with the spin properties of nonnull orbital angular momentum electronic systems. (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure-activity relationships on adrenoceptors and imidazoline-preferring binding sites (I(1,2)-PBSs). Part 1: Weak intramolecular H-bond and conformational flexibility in a new I1-PBS-selective imidazoline analogue, trans1-(4',5'-dihydro-1'H-imidazol-2'-yl)methyl-2-hydroxyindane (PMS 952).
Ye, Hai Fen; Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 8(8), 1861-9

The highly selective I1-PBS imidazoline analogue PMS 952 has been selected to study the incidence of intramolecular hydrogen bond and molecular flexibility on its biological activity. On one hand, the ... [more ▼]

The highly selective I1-PBS imidazoline analogue PMS 952 has been selected to study the incidence of intramolecular hydrogen bond and molecular flexibility on its biological activity. On one hand, the weak energy difference between three calculated conformers does not support the stabilization of one conformer by an internal hydrogen bond. The 3-D electrostatic map confirms this feature and the solvent effect does not significantly modify the relative energy of these conformers. On the other hand, the conformational spaces of the neutral and ionized forms present a great number of equilibrium structures, in a short energetic range (20 Kcal). The results are representative of an exceptional conformational flexibility due to a cooperative effect between several parts of the molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical points and reaction paths characterization on a potential energy hypersurface
Ramquet, Marie-Noëlle; Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2000), 112(11), 4923-4934

Most of the time, the definitions of minima, saddle points or more generally order p (p=0,...,n) critical points, do not mention the possibility of having zero Hessian eigenvalues. This feature reflects ... [more ▼]

Most of the time, the definitions of minima, saddle points or more generally order p (p=0,...,n) critical points, do not mention the possibility of having zero Hessian eigenvalues. This feature reflects some flatness of the potential energy hypersurface in a special eigendirection which is not often taken into account. Thus, the definitions of critical points are revisited in a more general framework within this context. The concepts of bifurcation points, branching points, and valley ridge inflection points are investigated. New definitions based on the mathematical formulation of the reaction path are given and some of their properties are outlined. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0021-9606(00)01110-7]. [less ▲]

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See detailThe photoabsorption and Constant Ion State Spectroscopy of Vinyl Bromide.
Hoxha, A.; Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Chemical Physics (2000), 260

In this paper we report the photoabsorption and the constant ion state spectroscopy of vinyl bromide (C2H3Br). The photoabsorption spectrum was measured using synchrotron radiation and was investigated in ... [more ▼]

In this paper we report the photoabsorption and the constant ion state spectroscopy of vinyl bromide (C2H3Br). The photoabsorption spectrum was measured using synchrotron radiation and was investigated in detail between 5.0 and 12.0 eV photon energy revealing many previously unobserved structures. These features were analyzed in terms of valence to virtual valence transitions and Rydberg series. The examination of the three Rydberg series converging towards the first ionization threshold (2a"->ns, 2a"->np and 2a"->nd) leads to wavenumbers of 335+/-30, 690+/-30 and 1305+/-30 cm-1. The vibrational wavenumbers of the progressions belonging to Rydberg series converging towards the second ionization threshold are 485+/-30 and 1145+/-50 cm-1. Ab initio calculations helped the assignment of the valence transitions and of the observed vibrational wave numbers in the Rydberg series. Constant Ionic State spectra were recorded for vibronic states corresponding to the first and the second electronic states of the ion. Their fine structures are assigned to the autoionization of Rydberg states. The autoionization decay of these Rydberg states is analyzed qualitatively in terms of the vibrational nature of the final ionic state. [less ▲]

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See detailAbout the Vacuum UV Photoabsorption Spectrum of Methyl Fluoride (CH3F): the fine structure and its vibrational analysis.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2000), 257

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3F has been recorded between 7 and 24 eV and has been analyzed in detail. Broad and structureless peaks are observed over the entire photon energy range. They ... [more ▼]

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3F has been recorded between 7 and 24 eV and has been analyzed in detail. Broad and structureless peaks are observed over the entire photon energy range. They are all assigned to transitions to Rydberg states, members of series converging to the 2e-1, 5a-1 and 1e-1 ionization limits. These features are underlying very long series of narrow and weak structures in the range of 10-13.2 eV. Through a continuum subtraction procedure, about 70 lines could clearly be identified. These have been assigned to long vibrational progressions belonging to Rydberg states corresponding to the 2e->3p and 2e->6s/5d configurations. These states are split by a Jahn-Teller distortion. Ab initio calculations lead to a Jahn-Teller stabilization energy of about 0.84 eV. The main features observed in the two bands are assigned to one single long vibrational progression of hcomega=0.160 eV (1290cm-1) related to the C-F Jahn-Teller inactive stretching vibration. The remaining structure is assigned to the low excitation of the Jahn-Teller active vibrational modes, i.e. the bending modes nu5 and nu6 characterized by hcomega5=0.120 eV (970 cm-1) and hcomega6=0.082 eV (660 cm-1). Leaning on the present results and assignments previously reported photoelectron spectroscopic data on CH3F+ [L. Karlsson, R. Jadrny, L. Mattsson, F.T. Chau, K. Siegbahn Phys.Scripta 16 (1977) 225] have been reconsidered and reinterpreted. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotoelectron Spectroscopy of Vinyl Bromide and Intramolecular Dynamics of the ionic B state.
Hoxha, A.; Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Chemical Physics (2000), 256

In this paper we report the He(I) photoelectron spectrum (PES) and the threshold photoelectron spectrum (TPES) of C2H3Br. The fine structure in the first two ionic states in the He(I) spectrum is assigned ... [more ▼]

In this paper we report the He(I) photoelectron spectrum (PES) and the threshold photoelectron spectrum (TPES) of C2H3Br. The fine structure in the first two ionic states in the He(I) spectrum is assigned to progressions belonging partially to previously unobserved vibrational modes. The TPES has been measured between 9.0 and 25.0 eV, and the photon energy range of 9.8-12.0 eV has been investigated in more detail. Extensive calculations with the GAUSSIAN set of programs have been performed to help in the assignment of the observed features. Furthermore, a conical intersection between the A2A" and the B2A" states was found to take place along the C-Br stretching coordinate. Intramolecular dynamics of the B2A" state, initially prepared in the Franck-Condon region, was probed by the Fourier transform of the spectrum. The B2A" state is almost readily depleted, most probably due to a very effective internal cnversion through the conical intersection. [less ▲]

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See detailSerine peptidase catalytic machinery: Cooperative one-step mechanism
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg

in International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (1999), 73(2), 161-174

The acylation reaction of beta-lactamases by beta-lactam compounds is modeled as a one-step process. Twenty seven transition-state models are investigated at the restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) level within ... [more ▼]

The acylation reaction of beta-lactamases by beta-lactam compounds is modeled as a one-step process. Twenty seven transition-state models are investigated at the restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) level within the minimal MINI-1' basis set. These transition states differ by the nature of both the substrate and the amino acids constituting the reactive nucleophile. The intrinsic reactivity of the class-A and class-C beta-lactamases are under concern. Eight transition-state models were docked in a class-A beta-lactamase, TEM1, as optimized with the benzylpenicillin at the molecular mechanics level. In the proposed one-step acylation process, only two amino acids are directly involved, the usual nucleophilic serine, S70 in TEM1, and a close serine or tyrosine, S130 in TEM1, Y150 in P99. The lysine close to these two residues, K73 in TEM1, plays only an indirect role in the process. (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Quant Chem 73: 161-174, 1999. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic reaction pathways approached by quantum chemistry: a challenge
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Ghosez, Léon

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (1998), 54(4), 378-382

This review explores the potential of quantum chemistry to help understand complex biochemical reactions such as enzyme catalysis. Starting from a historical background, the article introduces the reader ... [more ▼]

This review explores the potential of quantum chemistry to help understand complex biochemical reactions such as enzyme catalysis. Starting from a historical background, the article introduces the reader to the great diversity of problems than can be dealt with in the framework of quantum chemistry. [less ▲]

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See detailRésistance bactérienne aux beta-lactamines
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (1998), 14(5), 544-555

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