[gmx-users] pdb2gmx

mirko busato busato.mirko at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 20 16:12:22 CEST 2014

Thank you,

I understood,  you are right, in the .rtp file  there are not neutral form for the termini.

What can I do to have a neutral arginine, to have at least a total charge of 0?

Because In my case I am forced to choose ARG protonated else I get the error.

Fatal error
"In the chosen force field there is no residue type for 'ARGN' as an ending

Thank you very much,

On Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:17 PM, Justin Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu> wrote:

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
> amber99sb.
> 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
> terminus"

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
> before)..
>   If this is the right way, I don't know how to obtain the right result for my
> peptide.

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
Health Sciences Facility II, Room 601
University of Maryland, Baltimore
20 Penn St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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