Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Quantum chemical calculations for two different kinds of native proteins (pig insulin and hen egg white lysozyme) were done by the extended negative factor counting method in which the matrix elements have been calculated at the ab initio level with the help of a minimal basis and the simulation of the aqueous solution environment. The hopping conductivities were worked out by the formulas of the random walk theory of Lax and co-workers. The electronic density of states of these native proteins confirmed the conclusions obtained previously from aperiodic model peptides chains. The results show that the ac conductivity vs. frequency curve of these native proteins lies in the range of some typical good inorganic amorphous conductors and thus confirm that proteins, if doped, are amorphous conductors. The behavior of the ac conductivities of the proteins in different ranges of frequencies are discussed. © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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