[gmx-users] Hydroxyl bonds rotating too much

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Tue May 16 16:02:18 CEST 2017

On 5/16/17 7:03 AM, Juan José Galano Frutos wrote:
> Hi there:
> I am simulating a protein which include as a cofactor a molecule bearing
> some hydroxyl groups. The system is crashing from the begining of the
> equilibration step (after the following steps: vaccuum minimization,
> solvating, neutralizing, minimization, heating) due to -in all the
> replicas- to hydroxyl bonds that steadily rotated more than 60 and even 90
> degrees.
> I checked the structures and the systems looking for either water or
> protein parts in so close contact with this hydroxyl groups, but it was not
> the case. Then I proceeded to re-minimize again the systems after the
> heating step and afterward to relaunch the equilibration step, but again
> the same happened. I also checked the topology file of this cofactor but
> all seems to be fine, I mean charges.
> Then, what could be happening? Is it common this behaviour in hydroxyl
> groups?Any help please....

What does the problematic OH group interact with?  The over-rotation is a 
symptom, not a cause.  If it interacts with your cofactor, the parameters for 
that cofactor are likely suspect.  Typical diagnostic steps are in 



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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