[gmx-users] Coupling groups - Thermostat
Justin A. Lemkul
jalemkul at vt.edu
Tue Jan 10 20:07:23 CET 2012
Steven Neumann wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM, Steven Neumann <s.neumann08 at gmail.com
> <mailto:s.neumann08 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM, Justin A. Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu
> <mailto:jalemkul at vt.edu>> wrote:
> Steven Neumann wrote:
> Dear Gmx Users,
> My system includes: ions, water, two tubes made of carbon
> atoms, protein.
> I would like to run NVT (and then NPT) with position
> restarined dynamics of my protein and tubes.
> I am wondering whether this approach is good (two coupling
> groups: Protein_Tubes and Water_and_ions??
> My thermostat in mdp file:
> Temperature coupling is on
> tcoupl = V-rescale ;
> tc_grps = Protein_Tubes Water_and_ions ; two coupling groups
> tau_t = 0.1 0.1 ; time constant
> ref_t = 298 298 ; reference temperature
> Please, let me know whether this apporach is ok. How can I
> set tc_grps when I want to add ligand?
> I don't know a definitive answer here, so I'll throw out some
> ideas and hopefully stimulate some discussion. I create tc_grps
> based on species whose dynamics are intimately linked. For
> solvent, that includes water and ions. Are your protein and
> tube physically associated?
> They are not physically associated but I put my protein as close as
> possible to the tube and I want to run position restrained dynamics
> of my tube and first 4 residues of my protein (stimulating attached
> protein to my tube).
> Will you suggest attaching my protein directly to my tube in this case?
I'm assuming by "attaching" you mean coupling in the same tc_grp? I wouldn't.
This is a complex case (and again, I don't know a true answer here) - your
system has the potential to be highly dynamic. Say the protein and tube bind,
in which case they would (in theory) be coupled together. Say they never bind,
and then if you couple them together they shouldn't be. You don't know a priori
which way it will go.
> If not, it doesn't make sense to me to couple them together. In
> reality, no group should ever be coupled independently, but
> limitations in thermostats make it necessary.
> Would you suggest specifing 3 groups in this case: Protein, Tube,
> Water_and_ions ?
Sounds about as good as any approach. It's where I'd start.
> Regarding the ligand, where is it? Floating around in solvent,
> bound to the protein, or in the tube? The answer to that
> question motivates how you treat it.
> With this simulation there is no ligand. My next simulation will be
> with 10-20 ligands placed randomly around the protein. I want to
> assess the influence of lmy ligands to the stability of the protein,
> that is why I need a comparison (in water only and in water with
> I am wondering how to specify coupling groups in this case.
I would consider the ligands part of the solvent, because at such a high
concentration, really what you're dealing with is almost a cosolvent situation.
Another example of species that may mix differently, aggregate, deposit on
different surfaces, etc. If there is existing literature on this topic (or even
something peripherally related), try established protocols.
Justin A. Lemkul
ICTAS Doctoral Scholar
Department of Biochemistry
jalemkul[at]vt.edu | (540) 231-9080
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