Jul 1, 1993

Improved molecular dynamics simulations for the determination of peptide structures

D F Mierke, H Kessler


In this article a few methods or modifications proven to be useful in the conformational examination of peptides and related molecules by molecular dynamics are illustrated. The first is the explicit use of organic solvents in the simulations. For many cases such solvents are appropriate since the nmr measurements (or other experimental observations) were carried out in the same solvent. Here, the use of dimethylsulfoxide and chloroform in molecular dynamics is described, with some advantages of the use of these solvents high-lighted. A constant allowing for the scaling of the nonbonded interactions of the force field, an idea previously employed in distance geometry and simulated annealing, has been implemented. The usefulness of this method is that when the nonbonded term is turned to zero, atoms can pass through each other, while the connectivity of the molecule is maintained. It will be shown that such simulations, if a sufficient driving force is present (i.e., nuclear Overhauser effects restraints), can produce the correct stereoconfiguration (i.e., chiral center) as well as configurational isomer (i.e., cis/trans isomers). Lastly, a penalty term for coupling constants directly related to the Karplus curve has been implem...Continue Reading

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