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    • Effects of dimethyl sulfoxide on the hydrogen bonding structure and dynamics of aqueous N-methylacetamide solution


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      Effects of dimethyl-sulfoxide (DMSO) on the hydrogen bonding structure and dynamics in aqueousN-methylacetamide (NMA) solution are investigated by classical molecular dynamics simulations. Themodifications of structure and interaction between water and NMA in presence of DMSO molecules are calculatedby various site-site radial distribution functions and average interaction energies between these speciesin the solution. It is observed that the aqueous peptide hydrogen bond interaction is relatively stronger withincreasing concentration of DMSO, whereas methyl-methyl interaction between NMA and DMSO decreasessignificantly. The DMSO molecule prefers to interact with amide-hydrogen of NMA even at lower DMSO concentration.The lifetimes and structural-relaxation times of NMA-water, water-water and DMSO-water hydrogenbonds are found to increase with increasing DMSO concentration in the solution. The slower translationaland rotational dynamics of NMA is observed in concentrated DMSO solution due to formation of strongerinter-species hydrogen bonds in the solution.

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