[gmx-users] POPC Membrane + protein dynamics

ravi sharma rdsharma_4u at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 27 07:41:58 CET 2010

This is the case when you added some ions in your pdb but not define it in your topology, Go in the end of you topology and subtract the number of molecule added. Also define the number of ions added and the name of the ion.
like :
NA     14



--- On Sat, 27/3/10, Justin A. Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu> wrote:

From: Justin A. Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu>
Subject: Re: [gmx-users] POPC Membrane + protein dynamics
To: "Gromacs Users' List" <gmx-users at gromacs.org>
Date: Saturday, 27 March, 2010, 1:50 AM

padhu at ncbs.res.in wrote:
> hi
> i have tried as per your justin lemkul's tutorial.
> after aligning the protein with membrane, subsequently we tried to use
> grompp to generate a tpr file i got the following error.
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Program grompp_mpi, VERSION 3.3.1
> Source code file: grompp.c, line: 448
> Fatal error:
> number of coordinates in coordinate file (pope.pdb, 37867)
>              does not match topology (topol_pope.top, 46779)
> -------------------------------------------------------
> can any one have idea about how to solve this error.

Please see the general advice:


Beyond that, you'll have to post greater details of what step is giving rise to this error, what you have done as far as inserting the protein, adding solvent and/or ions, etc.

I would also recommend using the latest version of Gromacs (4.0.7), unless for some reason you have to use an ancient version (3.3.1).  The speed upgrade is incredible :)


> thanks in advance,
> Padhu.
>> padhu at ncbs.res.in wrote:
>>> Dear All,
>>> I'm a new comer to gromacs. I need to perform molecular dynamics
>>> simulation of my protein within the POPC membrane. I have downloaded the
>>> 128a popc lipid from Prof.Tieleman's group along with the required
>>> popc.itp. My protein of interest is 458 residues. Since the 128a popc is
>>> already Simulated for 1600 ps, i haven't done membrane only simulation.
>>> So
>>> i directly aligned my protein with the membrane using VMD and have saved
>>> the coordinates. However after i aligned my protein with the membrane, i
>>> felt the membrane was not big enough for my protein of interest, also,
>>> the
>>> N-terminal region and the loop regions in the C-terminal region and
>>> stretching outside water molecule above and below respectively.ow, i
>>> have
>>> two questions here...
>> Yep, if the protein is sticking "out" of the box on both sides, the box is
>> too
>> small.
>>> 1. How would i increase the number of lipids from the existing one?
>> Two options:
>> 1. genconf -nbox will give integer multiples of the lipid system (i.e.,
>> -nbox 2
>> 2 1 will expand the bilayer in the x and y directions and give 512 lipids)
>> 2. genbox -cs popc128a.pdb -box (whatever dimensions) allows you a bit
>> finer
>> control over how large the box is and how many lipids will result.
>>> 2. Also, i should increase increase the number of water molecules above
>>> and below the membrane so that it covers the whole region of N-terminal
>>> and also the loop regions of the C-terminal.
>> Expand the box using editconf and add solvent with genbox.
>>> Now, How to perform these tasks??If i do so will it be compatible with
>>> the
>>> p

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Justin A. Lemkul
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Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech
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