[gmx-users] Introducing DUMMY atom and top file modification

Golshan Hejazi golshan.hejazi at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 16 18:17:36 CET 2014

Thanks Bjorn,
These are all good info and for sure helpful. However, I am thinking there should be some easier way in GROMACS because there is "typeB    chargeB   " feature in gromacs top file which seems to be related to the B-state when doing thermodynamics integration. 
But I could not find any documentation how to modify it for charmm force field. this page for example is showing how to do it for a gromacs force field: 


I dont know how to modify the "bond, angle and dihedral" section!


On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 2:16 PM, Björn Sommer <bjoern at CELLmicrocosmos.org> wrote:
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> Hi everyone,
> I wanna perform a TI using gromacs. For that I am modifying the top file in order to introduce dummy atoms and I am using charmm ff. I have already introduced a new molecule named PAR and I want to have another molecule in my simulation which is the PAR molecule turned to a DUMMY molecule.
> In the top file, I have these lines for atom section:

Hi Golshan,

I do not know, if this will help. First, I know that the OPM database uses DUMMY atoms to indicate the top and bottom side of membranes. For that, they use a PDB file which contains "DUM" Atom entries, e.g.

HETATM 4986  O   DUM  4986      44.000  10.000  15.700


Maybe it would make sense, to keep this notation also for you and maybe you will find somebody who had a similar idea for this kind of protein structures. They are often used for simulations, but I think, usually the DUM atoms are removed prior simulation.

Second, a first search concerning this topic returned this entry:


It is a similar problem, maybe it provides you some hints.


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