Journal of Molecular Modeling

, 23:259 | Cite as

Modeling DMPC lipid membranes with SIRAH force-field

  • Exequiel E. BarreraEmail author
  • Ezequiel N. Frigini
  • Rodolfo D. Porasso
  • Sergio Pantano
Original Paper
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  1. QUITEL 2016


Coarse-grained simulation schemes are increasingly gaining popularity in the scientific community because of the significant speed up granted, allowing a considerable expansion of the accessible time and size scales accessible to molecular simulations. However, the number of compatible force fields capable of representing ensembles containing different molecular species (i.e., Protein, DNA, etc) is still limited. Here, we present a set of parameters and simplified representation for lipids compatible with the SIRAH force field for coarse-grained simulations ( We show that the present model not only achieves a correct reproduction of structural parameters as area per lipid and thickness, but also dynamic descriptors such as diffusion coefficient, order parameters, and proper temperature driven variations. Adding phospholipid membranes to the existing aqueous solution, protein and DNA representations of the SIRAH force field permit considering the most common problems tackled by the biomolecular simulation community.


Coarse-grained models DMPC Lipid membranes Molecular dynamics 



This work was partially funded by FOCEM (MERCOSUR Structural Convergence Fund), COF 03/11. S.P. is researcher of the National Scientific Program of ANII (SNI). E.E.B. is beneficiary of a postdoctoral fellowship of CONICET. E.N.F. is beneficiary of a doctoral fellowship of CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Exequiel E. Barrera
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ezequiel N. Frigini
    • 2
  • Rodolfo D. Porasso
    • 2
  • Sergio Pantano
    • 1
  1. 1.Biomolecular Simulations Group, Institut Pasteur de MontevideoMontevideoUruguay
  2. 2.Instituto de Matemática Aplicada San Luis (IMASL), CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas y NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de San LuisSan LuisArgentina

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