[gmx-users] Unknown bond_atomtype CAY

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Sun Sep 18 18:39:54 CEST 2016

On 9/18/16 12:30 PM, Sameer Edirisinghe wrote:
> Dear users,
> There is one thing i cannot clarify from gromacs manual which is about
> following error occurred while running grompp
> Fatal error:
> Unknown bond_atomtype CAY
>  I used to create .rtp file from atom types which are already defined in
>  atomtype.atp file. But still above error occurring while running grompp.
> Not sure should i add again thes atoms to atp file and if so how to add
> them. Part of my rtp file is as below, I have modified the ffbonded.itp
> (only bond types added) successfully.

What did you add to ffbonded.itp?  Whatever it was is causing an error.  Based 
on the .rtp entry below, it looks like you tried to use atom names in 
ffbonded.itp.  That's not right.  All interactions (bonded and nonbonded) are 
defined by atom type.  The name is irrelevant.  If you're re-using only OPLS-AA 
atom types, most of the bonded interactions should be present already.

> [ bondedtypes ]
> ; bonds  angles  dihedrals  impropers all_dihedrals nrexcl HH14 RemoveDih
>   1      1       3          1

You're missing entries here if you're trying to create an OPLS-derived force 
field.  Look at oplsaa.ff/aminoacids.rtp

> ; MDI
> [ MD ]
>  [ atoms ]
> CAY opls_135  0.000  1
> CAX opls_135  0.048 2
> CAW opls_135  0.047 2
> CAV opls_135  0.144 2
> OAU opls_154 -0.112 2

This can't possibly be right.  You've defined only heavy atoms (OPLS-AA is an 
all-atom force field, so there should be H) and the net charge of this residue 
is +0.117, which is physical nonsense.  Based on the names and suspect charges, 
it looks like you're just porting over a PRODRG united-atom topology and trying 
to call it OPLS-AA.  That's not going to work.

Note that you also need [bonds] if you want the residue to actually be 
chemically reasonable, otherwise it's just a collection of atoms sitting near 
one another, which will immediately explode if you try to run a simulation.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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