Poisson-Boltzmann calculations versus molecular dynamics simulations for calculating the electrostatic potential of a solvated peptide
We performed a very long molecular dynamics simulation of a peptide in explicit water molecules and ions and averaged the electrostatic potential caused by peptide, water and ions at eight points in the vicinity of the peptide. These electrostatic potential values were directly compared to the potential calculated by solving the non-linear Poisson-Boltzmann equation for the system, which describes the solvent using continuum electrostatics. We analyze the contribution of dielectric constant, conformational flexibility and solvation effects on the electrostatic potential at these eight points.
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