Journal of Molecular Modeling

, Volume 17, Issue 11, pp 2741–2749 | Cite as

From sequence to 3D structure of hyperbranched molecules: application to surface modified PAMAM dendrimers

  • Teresa S. Barata
  • Steve Brocchini
  • Ian Teo
  • Sunil ShaunakEmail author
  • Mire ZlohEmail author
Original Paper


The molecular modeling of hyperbranched molecules is currently constrained by difficulties in model building, due partly to lack of parameterization of their building blocks. We have addressed this problem with specific relevance to a class of hyperbranched macromolecules known as dendrimers by describing a new concept and developing a method that translates monomeric linear sequences into a full atomistic model of a hyperbranched molecule. Such molecular-modeling-based advances will enable modeling studies of important biological interactions between naturally occurring macromolecules and synthetic macromolecules. Our results also suggest that it should be possible to apply this sequence-based methodology to generate hyperbranched structures of other dendrimeric structures and of linear polymers.


Hyperbranched molecule Dendrimer Molecular modeling Molecular dynamics 



This work was supported by US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant U01 5U01AI075351-02

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PharmacyUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Hammersmith HospitalImperial College LondonLondonUK

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