A polarizable coarse-grained protein model for dissipative particle dynamics

EK Peter and K Lykov and IV Pivkin, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 17, 24452-24461 (2015).

DOI: 10.1039/c5cp03479e

We present a new coarse-grained polarizable protein model for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method. This method allows large timesteps in particle-based systems and speeds up sampling by many orders of magnitude. Our new model is based on the electrostatic polarization of the protein backbone and a detailed representation of the sidechains in combination with a polarizable water model. We define our model parameters using the experimental structures of two proteins, TrpZip2 and TrpCage. Backmapping and subsequent short replica-exchange molecular dynamics runs verify our approach and show convergence to the experimental structures on the atomistic level. We validate our model on five different proteins: GB1, the WW-domain, the B-domain of Protein A, the peripheral binding subunit and villin headpiece.

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