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Special Issue "Quantum and Classical Molecular Dynamics"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2024 | Viewed by 768

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Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: electronic structure; quantum/classical dynamics; non-adiabatic dynamics; photoinitiated processes; control of reactivity; spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to introduce a Special Issue on quantum and classical molecular dynamics. We are interested in collecting new works to present the current status of dynamics simulations, from methods to applications, in small and large systems.

The last decade has been crucial in the field of quantum and classical molecular dynamics, from simulations of new, small and intermediate size molecules experimentally observed in the interstellar medium, to larger systems for medical applications in cancer research and drug design, as well as simulations in materials to design new devices for optoelectronics.

In addition, thanks to machine learning approaches and more advanced computer capabilities, we are able to accurately simulate very large systems, including solvents, biological environments and molecular aggregates. Such improvements have also made it possible to simulate small systems in the gas phase with more precise quantum chemistry and/or molecular dynamics methods, pushing towards the limit of formally exact solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation.

This collection aims to gather highly relevant manuscripts from the areas of quantum dynamics and classical dynamics, in order to share the state of the art of the field in a concise and well-presented manner. We look forward to your contributions!

This Special Issue is supervised by Dr. Cristina Sanz-Sanz (UAM) and assisted by our Topical Advisory Panel Member Dr. Sandra Gómez (University of Salamanca).

Dr. Cristina Sanz-Sanz
Guest Editor

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  • quantum/classical dynamics
  • astrochemistry
  • photoinduced
  • non-adiabatic
  • ultrafast
  • ground/excited states chemistry
  • surface-hopping
  • QM/MM
  • photochemistry
  • direct dynamics

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In Silico Exploration of the Trypanothione Reductase (TryR) of L. mexicana
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(22), 16046; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms242216046 - 07 Nov 2023
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Human leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease which affects nearly 1.5 million people every year, with Mexico being an important endemic region. One of the major defense mechanisms of these parasites is based in the polyamine metabolic pathway, as it provides the necessary [...] Read more.
Human leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease which affects nearly 1.5 million people every year, with Mexico being an important endemic region. One of the major defense mechanisms of these parasites is based in the polyamine metabolic pathway, as it provides the necessary compounds for its survival. Among the enzymes in this route, trypanothione reductase (TryR), an oxidoreductase enzyme, is crucial for the Leishmania genus’ survival against oxidative stress. Thus, it poses as an attractive drug target, yet due to the size and features of its catalytic pocket, modeling techniques such as molecular docking focusing on that region is not convenient. Herein, we present a computational study using several structure-based approaches to assess the druggability of TryR from L. mexicana, the predominant Leishmania species in Mexico, beyond its catalytic site. Using this consensus methodology, three relevant pockets were found, of which the one we call σ-site promises to be the most favorable one. These findings may help the design of new drugs of trypanothione-related diseases. Full article
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