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Markov model-based polymer assembly from force field-parameterized building blocks

  • A conventional by hand construction and parameterization of a polymer model for the purpose of molecular simulations can quickly become very workintensive and time-consuming. Using the example of polyglycerol, I present a polymer decompostion strategy yielding a set of five monomeric residues that are convenient for an instantaneous assembly and subsequent force field simulation of a polyglycerol polymer model. Force field parameters have been developed in accordance with the classical Amber force field. Partial charges of each unit were fitted to the electrostatic potential using quantumchemical methods and slightly modified in order to guarantee a neutral total polymer charge. In contrast to similarly constructed models of amino acid and nucleotide sequences, the glycerol building blocks may yield an arbitrary degree of bifurcations depending on the underlying probabilistic model. The iterative development of the overall structure as well as the relation of linear to branching units is controlled by a simple Markov model which is presented with few algorithmic details. The resulting polymer is highly suitable for classical explicit water molecular dynamics simulations on the atomistic level after a structural relaxation step. Moreover, the decomposition strategy presented here can easily be adopted to many other (co)polymers.
Author:Vedat Durmaz
Document Type:Article
Parent Title (English):Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design
First Page:225
Last Page:232
Year of first publication:2015
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