Date: 18 Aug 2012

Multiscale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Membrane Proteins

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The time and length scales accessible by biomolecular simulations continue to increase. This is in part due to improvements in algorithms and computing performance, but is also the result of the emergence of coarse-grained (CG) potentials, which complement and extend the information obtainable from fully detailed models. CG methods have already proven successful for a range of applications that benefit from the ability to rapidly simulate spontaneous self-assembly within a lipid membrane environment, including the insertion and/or oligomerization of a range of “toy models,” transmembrane peptides, and single- and multi-domain proteins. While these simplified approaches sacrifice atomistic level detail, it is now straightforward to “reverse map” from CG to atomistic descriptions, providing a strategy to assemble membrane proteins within a lipid environment, prior to all-atom simulation. Moreover, recent developments have been made in “dual resolution” techniques, allowing different molecules in the system to be modeled with atomistic or CG resolution simultaneously.