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J Comput Chem 1995 Dec;16(12):1554-66

Harmonic analysis of large systems. III. Comparison with molecular dynamics

Janezic D, Venable RM, Brooks BR


Atomic motions in bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor (BPTI), derived from molecular dynamics, harmonic analysis, and quasiharmonic analysis, are compared when a single protein model, energy parameters, and environment are employed. Molecular dynamics (MD) was carried out for 2 nanoseconds. An average structure was determined from the last nanosecond of the MD simulation, when no major structural changes were observed. This structure was used for several harmonic analysis calculations as well as for a reference structure for the quasiharmonic analysis, for both full basis and reduced basis sets. In contrast to the harmonic analysis results, the quasiharmonic reduced basis calculation using a spherical harmonics reduced basis provided good agreement with the full basis calculation, suggesting that when anharmonic effects are considered, BPTI can behave as a homogeneous object. An extensive analysis of the normal modes from a diverse set of 201 minimized MD simulation frames was performed. On only the sub-picosecond time scale were energy minima revisited after a transition to another state. This analysis shows that the dynamics average structure is not representative of the simulation frames in terms of energy and vibrational frequencies. For this model of BPTI, 42% of the motion (mean-squared fluctuation) can be attributed to harmonic limit behavior. A spectral analysis of the correlation function of deformation for a particular normal mode or quasiharmonic mode can be used to determine the time scales of motions which correspond to harmonic vibration, large-scale drift, or sharp transitions between local substrates.

Category: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1002/jcc.540161211
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2012-12-25