[gmx-users] using AMBER force field by GROMACS

Acoot Brett acootbrett at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 21 13:23:13 CEST 2012

Dear All,
By gromacs pdb2gmx, we can choose the amber force field. Suppose we have chosen the amber force field, now let us see add ions.
By gromacs command "genion -s ions.tpr -o solv_ions.gro -p topol.top -pname NA -nname CL -neutral -conc 0.1", besides neutralize the system, we also add 0.1 mol/L NaCl to the system.
For AMBER, the comand to neutralize the system is as following: addions dna1(or some other name of the system) Na+ 0 or addions dna1 Cl- 0
From my knowledge, in AMBER there is no command to add a certainm concentration of NaCl to the syste. But in its mdin file of the AMBER, we can specify "saltcon=0.1", which means salt concentration is 0.1 mol/L. As I have not tried, my current knowledge is that there would be no 0.1 mol/L NaCl added to the system by AMBER, but it will calculate as if there is 0.1 mol/L NaCl.
Then may I ask, for using AMBER force field by GROMACS, besides we add 0.1 mol/L NaCl by the command "genion -s ions.tpr -o solv_ions.gro -p topol.top -pname NA -nname CL -neutral -conc 0.1", shoud we also insert "saltcon=0.1" in the gromacs mdp file?
I am looking forward to getting a clarification from you.
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