jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Jun 19 15:17:53 CEST 2014
On 6/19/14, 8:59 AM, mirko busato wrote:
> Thank you very much for your quick reply,
> My peptide is only composed of amino acids, and it has a total charge of 0.
> My termini are NH2 and COOH (so the termini are not ionized). My force field is
> I tried to change for all atoms of my first residue (ASN) the ASN residue with
> the NASN residue name. In the first residue (ASN) there are the 3 atoms of N
> terminal . In the same way for ARG (the last residue ) with CARG.
Look at the force field .rtp file - you will see that the Amber termini are
predefined and they are always charged. That is an unfortunate limitation to
the current implementation. I suspect someone must have produced neutral forms
of the termini, but you'll have to add them yourself if you want to do such a
simulation with this force field.
> With -inter option in the pdb2gmx command,
> If I select Not protonated ARG (charge 0) and the other residues with charge 0,
> at the end the command says:
> Fatal error
> "In the chosen force field there is no residue type for 'ARGN' as an ending
This option chooses the side chain protonation state, not the terminus.
> if I select protonated ARG (charge 1) and the other residues with charge 0, I
> obtain charge 1 (it is obvious) but my NH2 termini is changed to NH3 and my
> COOH in COO. (The command works but in my case the result is wrong because the
> total charge has to be 0 with NH2 and COOH termini, not ionized).
> I don't understand if in my case I have to change ASN to NASN only for the 3
> atoms in N terminal( N,H,H) and to change ARG to CARG only for the 4 atoms in C
> terminal ( C,O2,O1,H)
> or change for all atoms of the first residue (ASN), ASN with NASN, and change
> all atoms of the last residue (ARG) , ARG with CARG.( that I done and described
> If this is the right way, I don't know how to obtain the right result for my
As stated above, you'll have to modify the force field to add appropriate
parameters or otherwise use a different force field that actually allows you to
choose terminus protonation state.
Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
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University of Maryland, Baltimore
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