Ab initio study of the hydrolysis of acetylcholine

Chang Jun Zhang, Chang Guo Zhan

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Ab initio molecular orbital method has been employed, in this paper, to study the mechanism of the hydrolysis of acetylcholine. First of all, the potential energy surface of the reaction system has been investigated at HF/6-31G level, and two transition states and an intermediate linking the two transition states have been found. The optimized geometries have been used to perform further single point energy calculations at HF/6-31G * * level. It has been shown that there existed different intramolecular hydrogen bonding in two four-center cycles of the two transition states, and that during the hydrolysis of acetylcholine, the fission took places at the bond between the carbonyl carbon and the ester oxygen. Finally, the self- consistent -reaction-field(SCRF) procedure based on the Quantum Onsager model has been applied to the energy calculations on all the reactions , transition states , intermediate and products at the HF/6 -31G * * level in order to work out the energy barriers and the total reaction heat involving the solvent effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1055
Number of pages2
JournalActa Chimica Sinica
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)


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