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The impact of monovalent ion force field model in nucleic acids simulations

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Abstract

Different classical models for monovalent ions (typically used to neutralize proteins or nucleic acids) are available in the literature and are widely used in molecular dynamics simulations without a great knowledge of their quality, consistency with the macromolecular force field and impact on the global simulation results. In this paper the ability of several of the most popular ion models to reproduce both quantum mechanics and experimental results is examined. Artefacts due to the use of incorrect ion models in molecular dynamics simulations of concentrated solutions of NaCl and KCl in water and of a short DNA duplex in 500 mM aqueous solutions of NaCl and KCl have been analyzed. Our results allow us to discuss the robustness and reliability of different ion models and to highlight the source of potential errors arising from non-optimal models. However, it is also found that the structural and dynamic characteristics of DNA (as an example of a heavily charged macromolecule) in near-physiological conditions are quite independent of the ion model used, providing support to most already-published simulations of macromolecules.

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2009, accepted on 28 Jul 2009 and first published on 18 Aug 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B912067J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 10596-10607
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    The impact of monovalent ion force field model in nucleic acids simulations

    A. Noy, I. Soteras, F. Javier Luque and M. Orozco, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 10596
    DOI: 10.1039/B912067J

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