[gmx-users] Switching off electorstaic

David van der Spoel spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se
Sun Oct 8 09:01:03 CEST 2017

On 08/10/17 04:12, atanu das wrote:
> Hi,
> I am intending to run a simulation of a protein in 100 nM NaCl solution by turning off protein's electrostatic interactions, but keeping the LJ alive, so that water and salt behave as usual and the protein only behaves as a hydrophobic polymer chain. The most obvious way that I could think of is editing the topol.top file and setting the partial charges of all the protein atoms to be zero. However, I am slightly skeptical about using such a crude method. Is there any better way to turn off the electrostatics of the protein only?
> ThanksAtanu
You may want to slowly turn of the charges using free energy code 
although it will be slower. Of course even a hydrophobic chain has 
charges, and doing what you plan to will mess up the balance between 
Coulomb and Lennard-Jones interaction. You may get some insight but 
nothing of physical relevance that you can compare to any experiment.

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Head of Department, Cell & Molecular Biology, Uppsala University.
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