Re: AMBER: H Bonds

From: Bill Ross <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 11:16:11 -0700 (PDT)

> > The angle reported by carnal is as follows:
> > D-H...A
> Cutoff H-donor-acceptor angle in degrees (0 is linear)..."
> Page: 224, amber7 manual.

Sorry - I'd forgotten my own code. I think I chose that order
(in 1990 it seems) because I thought it was a standard. Does
anyone know if there is a standard for this?

> I mean to say that if the donor and acceptor groups are some distance
> apart which can form strong hydrogen bonds but the angle between them is
> not in the favourable region, will carnal show a hydrogen bond in this
> case also??

Carnal uses simple distance and angle criteria to judge whether a
hydrogen bond is present. The defaults are not an authoritative
statement on what constitutes an hbond (e.g. 1 radian is the angle
cutoff). Users should be aware of the nature of hbonding and draw
their own conclusions, setting their own criteria as needed.

Here's a page that a) seems to use the H as the apex and b) states
"due to the small energies involved, large deviations from collinearity
sometimes occur."

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