[gmx-users] Adapting metallic ions from AMBER to GROMACS
jalemkul at vt.edu
Sat Apr 23 00:29:28 CEST 2016
On 4/22/16 6:24 PM, Pedro Lacerda wrote:
> Thank you!
> According to [1, Table 2a], these are the L-J (6-12) parameters for Ca2+
> used at AMBER package. Or the paper or GROMACS copied wrongly from the
> AMBER package source because simple unit conversion gives different results.
That paper was published 3 years after AMBER99SB-ILDN so expecting those
parameters to be in that force field implementation is wrong. There could be a
mistake but the AMBER ports have been extensively verified. There are lots of
AMBER-compatible ion parameters floating around, though.
> I don't own a copy of AMBER package, please could you verify the Ca L-J
> parameters for me?
The AMBER force fields should be freely available (I don't use AMBER software).
> And I can't see how your conversion formula from Rmin/2 to sigma could
> produce the right result.
Plug in the values, it works. It's the same conversion for CHARMM. For
1.1 * 2 * 2^(-1/6) * 0.1 = 0.196
>  J Chem Theory Comput. 2013 June 11; 9(6): 2733–2748.
> 2016-04-21 23:35 GMT-03:00 Justin Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu>:
>> On 4/21/16 4:30 PM, Pedro Lacerda wrote:
>>> Hi Mark,
>>> I starting converting from AMBER (according to the paper) to GROMACS and
>>> comparing the results.
>>> Please explain in more words what this constant of two mean or how can I
>>> handle it. Ignoring it and just converting the units, I got these results
>> It's force field convention, just different notation. Sometimes different
>> force fields or programs use Rmin/2, Rmin, or sigma. They're easily
>> converted, e.g.:
>> sigma = (Rmin/2)*2*2^(-1/6)
>> and in GROMACS the units are nm so you need an additional multiplication
>> by 0.1 to convert A -> nm.
>> AMBER (table 2a)
>>> Rmin/2 (Å) epsilon (kcal/mol)
>>> Zn2+ 1.10E+00 1.25E-02
>>> Mg2+ 7.93E-01 8.95E-01
>>> Ca2+ 1.71E+00 4.60E-01
>>> AMBER converted
>>> R (nm) epsilon (kJ/mol)
>>> Zn2+ 2.20E+01 5.23E-02
>>> Mg2+ 1.59E+01 3.74E+00
>>> Ca2+ 3.43E+01 1.92E+00
>>> sigma (nm) epsilon (kJ/mol)
>>> Zn2+ 1.96E-01 5.23E-02
>>> Mg2+ 1.41E-01 3.74E+00
>>> Ca2+ 3.40E-01 3.60E-01
>>> I got exact matches for epsilon in Zn and Mg, but not for Ca. Also the
>>> difference on sigma was in the order Å/10, except for Zn which was
>>> relatively significant.
>> See above for the proper way to convert Rmin/2 to sigma.
>> As for Ca, probably the parameters are coming from a different source. I
>> don't know what "Table 2a" means or what paper it's from, but you need to
>> verify that the source of parameters is compatible or that you understand
>> where differences are coming from.
>> Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
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University of Maryland, Baltimore
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