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Correlating Experiment and Theory for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Substrate Binding in a Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenase

revised on 22.10.2020, 11:38 and posted on 22.10.2020, 12:56 by Yusuf A. Theibich, Stephan P. A. Sauer, Erik Hedegård, Leila Lo Leggio
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are enzymes that binds polysaccharides followed by an (oxidative) disruption of the polysaccharide surface, thereby boosting depolymerization. The binding process between LPMO and polysaccharide is key to the mechanism and recent investigations have established structure-function relationships for this binding, employing hyperfine coupling constants (HFCs) from EPR spectroscopy. Unfortunately, EPR does not provide direct structural data and therefore the experimental EPR parameters have been supported with parameters cal-
culated with density functional theory. Yet, calculated HFCs are extremely sensitive
to the employed computational setup. Using the LPMO Ls(AA9)A, we here quantify
the importance of several choices in the computational setup, ranging from the use
of specialized basis, the underlying structures, and the employed exchange–correlation
functional. We compare our results to both X-ray structures and experiment (EPR spectra) for Ls(AA9)A as well as to recent experimental/theoretical results for another
(AA10) family of LPMOs.


European Commission (MetEmbed project 745967)

Villum Foundation (Young Investigator Program, Grant No. 29412)

Novo Nordisk Foundation HOPE project (NNF17SA0027704)


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Lund Univeristy



ORCID For Submitting Author


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