[gmx-users] TIP3 water problem

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Dec 21 03:24:35 CET 2016

On 12/20/16 2:41 PM, nikolaev at spbau.ru wrote:
> Hi, all!
> I am working with the protein structure with internal waters of TIP3 type,
> and running grompp ends with an error of "No default U-B types", as I
> understand because of some internal inconsistency between atom types (H1,
> H2 and OH2 in my tip3, HW1, HW2, OW in sol). I tried to rename atoms in
> both topol.top and .gro files, add extra .itp file in charmm27.ff, nothing
> worked.
> However, this problem has already been mentioned here:
> https://mailman-1.sys.kth.se/pipermail/gromacs.org_gmx-users/2014-March/087725.html
> and the solution involved modifying top file (add waters information
> manually). Is it really the only solution of this problem? Because as I
> understand I need to insert manually all the charges, angles, bond lenths
> for all the water molecules. And it seems quite a problem, if I want to
> run more than 1 system.

Water molecules should not have [bonds] and [angles] directives because they 
should be treated as rigid via SETTLES.  If your topology has explicit bonds and 
angles, remove them and re-process the coordinates with pdb2gmx to prevent this 
spurious assignment.  Then just #include "tip3p.itp" and list the waters in 



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

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