[gmx-users] a question on energygrps

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Sun Jul 14 13:17:31 CEST 2013

On 7/14/13 6:21 AM, Albert wrote:
> Hello:
>   I've got a question on energygrps options in .mdp file. This option is usually
> used for  establishing the groups for the energy output. I am going to study the
> entropy changes of protein-ligand-SOL in a membrane system, I am just wondering
> shall I specify each compoenent in energygrps option, like:
> energygrps          =  Protein LIG SOL POPC

This setting will give you pairwise-decomposed nonbonded energies between these 
groups, but it has nothing to do with entropy.

> I am also going to use g_lie for interaction analysis, will the above options be
> sufficient?

No.  The LIE method requires a separate simulation of the ligand in water to 
acquire ligand-water interaction energies.  In the case of a heterogeneous 
system like yours (including a membrane), I don't know that the LIE assumptions 
hold since you don't necessarily have simple partitioning between aqueous and 
protein-bound states.

> If I forgot to assign the energygrps options in my md.mdp file during MD
> simulations, is it any fast way to calculate the energy after MD instead of
> running the simulation from beginning?

That's what mdrun -rerun is for.

> I notice that there is a tool called g_lie can be used to evaluate
> protein/ligand binding, I am just wondering is there any paper on this tool? I
> don't find too much informations on gromacs manual.

Nor should you - the manual is not a definitive repository of all MD-related 
knowledge :)  The literature for LIE is extensive in terms of both primary 
literature and review articles.  Apply Google or your favorite scientific database.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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