Prediction of partition coefficients by multiscale hybrid atomic-level/coarse-grain simulations

Michel, J., Orsi, M. and Essex, J.W. (2008) Prediction of partition coefficients by multiscale hybrid atomic-level/coarse-grain simulations. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 112, (3), 657-660. (doi:10.1021/jp076142y).


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Coarse-grain models are becoming an increasingly important tool in computer simulations of a wide variety of molecular processes. In many instances it is, however, desirable to describe key portions of a molecular system at the atomic level. There is therefore a strong interest in the development of simulation methodologies that allow representations of matter with mixed granularities in a multiscale fashion. We report here a strategy to conduct mixed atomic-level and coarse-grain simulations of molecular systems with a recently developed coarse-grain model. The methodology is validated by computing partition coefficients of small molecules described in atomic detail and solvated by water or octane, both of which are represented by coarse-grain models. Because the present coarse-grain force field retains electrostatic interactions, the simplified solvent particles can interact realistically with the all-atom solutes. The partition coefficients computed by this approach rival the accuracy of fully atomistic simulations and are obtained at a fraction of their computational cost. The present methodology is simple, robust and applicable to a wide variety of molecular systems.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1520-6106 (print)
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Keywords: free-energy, water models, , molecular-dynamics,soft sticky dipole, , force-field, side-chain analogs, liquid water, cyclohexane, solvation, proteins
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Chemistry
ePrint ID: 54484
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:43

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