Biomolecular Simulations: Methods and Protocols by Mikael P. Johansson, Ville R. I. Kaila, Dage Sundholm

By Mikael P. Johansson, Ville R. I. Kaila, Dage Sundholm (auth.), Luca Monticelli, Emppu Salonen (eds.)

Over the prior forty years the sphere of molecular simulations has advanced from picosecond experiences of remoted macromolecules in vacuum to reports of advanced, chemically heterogeneous organic platforms such as thousands of atoms, with the simulation time scales spanning as much as milliseconds. In Biomolecular Simulations: tools and Protocols, specialist researchers illustrate the various tools widespread in molecular modelling of organic structures, together with equipment for digital constitution calculations, classical molecular dynamics simulations and coarse-grained thoughts. a variety of complicated recommendations and up to date methodological advancements, which not often locate insurance in conventional textbooks, is usually brought.

Written within the hugely profitable Methods in Molecular Biology sequence structure, chapters comprise basic introductions to well-established computational methodologies, functions to real-world organic platforms, in addition to sensible advice and basic protocols on accomplishing biomolecular simulations. distinct emphasis is put on simulations of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. Authoritative and functional, Biomolecular Simulations: equipment and Protocols seeks to help scientists in extra simulation reviews of organic structures.

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The method may thus have important implications in rational drug design, where a large number of target molecules are scanned to search for suitable substrate analogues. A semi-empirical ansatz can be introduced within the theoretical framework of DFT. The Self-Consistent Charge Density Functional Tight Binding (SCC-DFTB) theory is obtained by replacing the quantum mechanical electron density by atomic partial charges (121). These semi-empirical DFT methods are computationally as efficient as other semi-empirical models and have during recent years also been extended to study, for example, optical and excited-state properties (122).

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Performance of different functionals has been assessed in benchmark sets, suggesting that TDDFT errors can be comparable to those of the CC2 method for well-behaving systems (95). P. Johansson et al. mechanics (QM/MM) treatment, for example, in the green fluorescent protein (96, 97), photoactive yellow protein (98, 99), and rhodopsin (100, 101). An extensive rhodopsin model consisting of the retinal chromophore and its nearest residues has recently been studied at DFT and TDDFT levels (102). 4.

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