[gmx-users] water in channel

Eric Jakobsson jake at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Mon Jan 19 22:50:02 CET 2004

Approach # 2) will not work for all channels.  We published a paper in 
Biophys. J. a number of years ago in  which we looked at water motion in 
the gramicidin channel with the protein immobile but the water at 300 
K.  The water moved locally in the normal way, but had no motion along the 
channel at all.   I am sure if we had started with the channel empty and 
the gramicidin frozen, it would never have filled, at least not in any 
reasonable time.  On the other hand, for some channels if you don't 
immobilize them and you don't have contents in the lumen, the lumenal 
structure will become unstable.  So approach # 1) (Dowser or some 
equivalent method) is the better way, based on our group's experience.


At 11:31 AM 1/19/2004 -0500, you wrote:

>I can think of 2 options:
>1) There is a program called "Dowser" put out by J. Hermans' lab at
>UNC-Chapel hill.  It usually works very well.
>2) You can position restrain the channel and allow water and bilayer to
>move freely during MD.  It should not take long for water to enter the
>channel ... that is, providing that it is actually supposed to do so. Water
>is probably the fastest diffusing species in your system.  You can take
>advantage of this.
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>On Mon, 19 Jan 2004, Itamar Kass wrote:
> >   Hi all, I am currently working on a channel in a DMPC bilayer (and 
> water).  After inserting the channel into the bilayer (using  Graham's 
> modified mdrun) I am facing a new problem.   I want to put water in the 
> channel and did not succeed in doing it.  Using pr simulation I did not 
> succeed, then I tried to use genbox, but it puts water in the membrane also.
> >   Does someone have an idea or face it and has a solution?
> >           Thank you, Itamar.
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Eric Jakobsson, Ph.D.
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