[gmx-users] Should I restrain omega dihedrals or just phi/psi?

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Dec 21 03:21:07 CET 2016

On 12/20/16 8:08 AM, Daniel Bauer wrote:
> Hello,
> Im working on MD simulations of membrane proteins and want to restrain the
> backbone dihedrals of some amino acids. I now wonder if its sufficient to
> restrain only phi/psi dihedrals as shown in the manual (
> http://www.gromacs.org/Documentation/How-tos/Dihedral_Restraints), or if I
> should also set restrains on omega dihedrals?

Restraining omega will keep the peptide bonds from cis-trans isomerization, 
which is exceedingly rare under normal ambient conditions with most force 
fields; I don't see what restraining it would do.  If you want to preserve 
secondary structure elements, restrain phi and psi.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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