[gmx-users] Crystallographic Ions

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Sep 23 00:44:31 CEST 2015

On 9/22/15 3:27 PM, Parker de Waal wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I'm working with a protein which contains 2 crystallographic sodium ions and am experiencing trouble making the .gro file using pdb2gro using the Charmm36.ff parameters.
> The two ions can be seen here:
> ATOM  29009 NA    NA     1     -18.056 -14.113 -24.865  1.00  0.00
> ATOM  29010 NA    NA     2      27.831  26.294 -32.202  1.00  0.00
> Whenever I run pdb2gro the program complains that NA is not a valid atom type, however whenever I manually change the ions to atom and res type to SOD the resulting .top file does not count the molecules correctly.
> [ molecules ]
> ; Compound        #mols
> Other               1 (should be NA+ and 2?)

Look at the .itp file for "Other" and you will see that there will be two SOD in 
that [moleculetype].  "SOD" is the .rtp entry (according to standard CHARMM 
nomenclature) but "NA+" is the genion convention (and hence what is used in 
ions.itp).  There is no difference between the two.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

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