Energies for hydrogen bonds in proteins

Rob Hooft Rob.Hooft at embl-heidelberg.de
Mon Jun 3 14:14:42 EST 1996

yangj at skyfox.usask.ca writes:

> Hello, everyone, could anybody tell me the energies for hydrogen
> bonds O-H...O and N-H...O in proteins? Thx in advance for your help.

I don't think the energies will be very different from hydrogen bonds
in other molecules. Some hydrogen bond geometries are obviously
much more common than others (e.g. alpha helix backbone). 

McDonald and Thornton (J.Mol.Biol. 238:777-793, 1994) name "20kJ/mol"
as the interaction energy of an average inter-molecular hydrogen bond.
This paper contains many more interesting statistics about hydrogen bonds
in proteins.

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