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Martini Coarse-Grained Force Field: Extension to DNA

Uusitalo, J. J., Ingolfsson, H. I., Akhshi, P., Tieleman, D. P. & Marrink, S. J., Aug-2015, In : Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 11, 8, p. 3932-3945 14 p.

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We systematically parameterized a coarsegrained (CG) model for DNA that is compatible with the Martini force field. The model maps each nucleotide into six to seven CG beads and is parameterized following the Martini philosophy. The CG nonbonded interactions are based on partitioning of the nudeobases between polar and nonpolar solvents as well as base base potential of mean force calculations. The bonded interactions are fit to single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) atomistic simulations and an elastic network is used to retain double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and other specific DNA conformations. We present the implementation of the Martini DNA model and demonstrate the properties of individual bases, ssDNA as well as dsDNA, and DNA-protein complexes. The model opens up large-scale simulations of DNA interacting with a wide range of other (bio)molecules that are available within the Martini framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3932-3945
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Volume11
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2015

    Keywords

  • MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS, PARTICLE MESH EWALD, SINGLE-STRANDED-DNA, NUCLEIC-ACIDS, SUPERCOILED DNA, FREE-ENERGIES, MODEL, WATER, PROTEINS, VALIDATION

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