Parameterization of an interfacial force field for accurate representation of peptide adsorption free energy on high-density polyethylene

TM Abramyan and JA Snyder and JA Yancey and AA Thyparambil and Y Wei and SJ Stuart and RA Latour, BIOINTERPHASES, 10, 021002 (2015).

DOI: 10.1116/1.4916361

Interfacial force field (IFF) parameters for use with the CHARMM force field have been developed for interactions between peptides and high- density polyethylene (HDPE). Parameterization of the IFF was performed to achieve agreement between experimental and calculated adsorption free energies of small TGTG-X-GTGT host-guest peptides (T = threonine, G - glycine, and X - variable amino-acid residue) on HDPE, with +/- 0.5 kcal/mol agreement. This IFF parameter set consists of tuned nonbonded parameters (i.e., partial charges and Lennard-Jones parameters) for use with an in-house-modified CHARMM molecular dynamic program that enables the use of an independent set of force field parameters to control molecular behavior at a solid-liquid interface. The R correlation coefficient between the simulated and experimental peptide adsorption free energies increased from 0.00 for the standard CHARMM force field parameters to 0.88 for the tuned IFF parameters. Subsequent studies are planned to apply the tuned IFF parameter set for the simulation of protein adsorption behavior on an HDPE surface for comparison with experimental values of adsorbed protein orientation and conformation. (C) 2015 American Vacuum Society.

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