Polarizable simulations with second order interaction model (POSSIM) force field: developing parameters for protein side-chain analogues.
ABSTRACT: A previously introduced polarizable simulations with second-order interaction model (POSSIM) force field has been extended to include parameters for small molecules serving as models for peptide and protein side-chains. Parameters have been fitted to permit reproducing many-body energies, gas-phase dimerization energies, and geometries and liquid-phase heats of vaporization and densities. Quantum mechanical and experimental data have been used as the target for the fitting. The POSSIM framework combines accuracy of a polarizable force field and computational efficiency of the second-order approximation of the full-scale induced point dipole polarization formalism. The resulting parameters can be used for simulations of the parameterized molecules themselves or their analogues. In addition to this, these force field parameters are currently being used in further development of the POSSIM fast polarizable force field for proteins.
Project description:We are presenting POSSIM (POlarizable Simulations with Second order Interaction Model) - a software package and a set of parameters designed for molecular simulations. The key feature of POSSIM is that the electrostatic polarization is taken into account using a previously introduced fast formalism. This permits cutting computational cost of using the explicit polarization by about an order of magnitude. In this article, parameters for water, methane, ethane, propane, butane, methanol and NMA are introduced. These molecules are viewed as model systems for protein simulations. We have achieved our goal of ca. 0.5 kcal/mol accuracy for gas-phase dimerization energies and no more than 2% deviations in liquid state heats of vaporization and densities. Moreover, free energies of hydration of the polarizable methane, ethane and methanol have been calculated using the statistical perturbation theory. These calculations are a model for calculating protein pKa shifts and ligand binding affinities. The free energies of hydration were found to be 2.12 kcal/mol, 1.80 kcal/mol and -4.95 kcal/mol for methane, ethane and methanol, respectively. The experimentally determined literature values are 1.91 kcal/mol, 1.83 kcal/mol and -5.11 kcal/mol. The POSSIM average error in these absolute free energies of hydration is only about 0.13 kcal/mol. Using the statistical perturbation theory with polarizable force fields is not widespread, and we believe that this work opens road to further development of the POSSIM force field and its applications for obtaining accurate energies in protein-related computer modeling.
Project description:Previously, we reported development of a fast polarizable force field and software named POSSIM (POlarizable Simulations with Second order Interaction Model). The second-order approximation permits the speed up of the polarizable component of the calculations by ca. an order of magnitude. We have now expanded the POSSIM framework to include a complete polarizable force field for proteins. Most of the parameter fitting was done to high-level quantum mechanical data. Conformational geometries and energies for dipeptides have been reproduced within average errors of ca. 0.5 kcal/mol for energies of the conformers (for the electrostatically neutral residues) and 9.7° for key dihedral angles. We have also validated this force field by running Monte Carlo simulations of collagen-like proteins in water. The resulting geometries were within 0.94 Å root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) from the experimental data. We have performed additional validation by studying conformational properties of three oligopeptides relevant in the context of N-glycoprotein secondary structure. These systems have been previously studied with combined experimental and computational methods, and both POSSIM and benchmark OPLS-AA simulations that we carried out produced geometries within ca. 0.9 Å RMSD of the literature structures. Thus, the performance of POSSIM in reproducing the structures is comparable with that of the widely used OPLS-AA force field. Furthermore, our fitting of the force field parameters for peptides and proteins has been streamlined compared with the previous generation of the complete polarizable force field and relied more on transferability of parameters for nonbonded interactions (including the electrostatic component). The resulting deviations from the quantum mechanical data are similar to those achieved with the previous generation; thus, the technique is robust, and the parameters are transferable. At the same time, the number of parameters used in this work was noticeably smaller than that of the previous generation of our complete polarizable force field for proteins; thus, the transferability of this set can be expected to be greater, and the danger of force field fitting artifacts is lower. Therefore, we believe that this force field can be successfully applied in a wide variety of applications to proteins and protein-ligand complexes.
Project description:Condensed-phase computational studies of molecules using molecular mechanics approaches require the use of force fields to describe the energetics of the systems as a function of structure. The advantage of polarizable force fields over nonpolarizable (or additive) models lies in their ability to vary their electronic distribution as a function of the environment. Toward development of a polarizable force field for biological molecules, parameters for a series of sulfur-containing molecules are presented. Parameter optimization was performed to reproduce quantum mechanical and experimental data for gas phase properties including geometries, conformational energies, vibrational spectra, and dipole moments as well as for condensed phase properties such as heats of vaporization, molecular volumes, and free energies of hydration. Compounds in the training set include methanethiol, ethanethiol, propanethiol, ethyl methyl sulfide, and dimethyl disulfide. The molecular volumes and heats of vaporization are in good accordance with experimental values, with the polarizable model performing better than the CHARMM22 nonpolarizable force field. Improvements with the polarizable model were also obtained for molecular dipole moments and in the treatment of intermolecular interactions as a function of orientation, in part due to the presence of lone pairs and anisotropic atomic polarizability on the sulfur atoms. Significant advantage of the polarizable model was reflected in calculation of the dielectric constants, a property that CHARMM22 systematically underestimates. The ability of this polarizable model to accurately describe a range of gas and condensed phase properties paves the way for more accurate simulation studies of sulfur-containing molecules including cysteine and methionine residues in proteins.
Project description:A previously introduced POSSIM (POlarizable Simulations with Second order Interaction Model) force field has been extended to include parameters for alanine peptides and protein backbones. New features were introduced into the fitting protocol, as compared to the previous generation of the polarizable force field for proteins. A reduced amount of quantum mechanical data was employed in fitting the electrostatic parameters. Transferability of the electrostatics between our recently developed NMA model and the protein backbone was confirmed. Binding energy and geometry for complexes of alanine dipeptide with a water molecule were estimated and found in a good agreement with high-level quantum mechanical results (for example, the intermolecular distances agreeing within ca. 0.06Å). Following the previously devised procedure, we calculated average errors in alanine di- and tetra-peptide conformational energies and backbone angles and found the agreement to be adequate (for example, the alanine tetrapeptide extended-globular conformational energy gap was calculated to be 3.09 kcal/mol quantim mechanically and 3.14 kcal/mol with the POSSIM force field). However, we have now also included simulation of a simple alpha-helix in both gas-phase and water as the ultimate test of the backbone conformational behavior. The resulting alanine and protein backbone force field is currently being employed in further development of the POSSIM fast polarizable force field for proteins.
Project description:A polarizable intermolecular potential function (PIPF) employing the Thole interacting dipole (TID) polarization model has been developed for liquid alkanes and amides. In connection with the internal bonding terms of the CHARMM22 force field, the present PIPF-CHARMM potential provides an adequate description of structural and thermodynamic properties for liquid alkanes and for liquid amides through molecular dynamics simulations. The computed heats of vaporization and liquid density are within 1.4% of experimental values. Polarization effects play a major role in liquid amides, which are reflected by an increase of 1.5 to 1.8 D in molecular dipole moment for primary and secondary amides. Furthermore, the computed polarization energies contribute to the total intermolecular interaction energy by 6 to 24%. The ability of the PIPF-CHARMM force field to treat protein backbone structures is tested by examining the potential energy surface of the amide bond rotation in N-methylacetamide and the Ramachandran surface for alanine dipeptide. The agreement with ab initio MP2 results and with the original CHARMM22 force field is encouraging, suggesting the PIPF-CHARMM potential can be used as a starting point to construct a complete polarizable force field for proteins.
Project description:The majority of computer simulations exploring biomolecular function employ Class I additive force fields (FF), which do not treat polarization explicitly. Accordingly, much effort has been made into developing models that go beyond the additive approximation. Development and optimization of the Drude polarizable FF has yielded parameters for selected lipids, proteins, DNA and a limited number of carbohydrates. The work presented here details parametrization of aliphatic aldehydes and ketones (viz. acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde, butaryaldehyde, isobutaryaldehyde, acetone, and butanone) as well as their associated acyclic sugars (D-allose and D-psicose). LJ parameters are optimized targeting experimental heats of vaporization and molecular volumes, while the electrostatic parameters are optimized targeting QM water interactions, dipole moments, and molecular polarizabilities. Bonded parameters are targeted to both QM and crystal survey values, with the models for ketones and aldehydes shown to be in good agreement with QM and experimental target data. The reported heats of vaporization and molecular volumes represent a compromise between the studied model compounds. Simulations of the model compounds show an increase in the magnitude and the fluctuations of the dipole moments in moving from gas phase to condensed phases, which is a phenomenon that the additive FF is intrinsically unable to reproduce. The result is a polarizable model for aliphatic ketones and aldehydes including the acyclic sugars D-allose and D-psicose, thereby extending the available biomolecules in the Drude polarizable FF.
Project description:In the previous publications of this series, we presented a set of Thole induced dipole interaction models using four types of screening functions. In this work, we document our effort to refine the van der Waals parameters for the Thole polarizable models. Following the philosophy of AMBER force field development, the van der Waals (vdW) parameters were tuned for the Thole model with linear screening function to reproduce both the ab initio interaction energies and the experimental densities of pure liquids. An in-house genetic algorithm was applied to maximize the fitness of "chromosomes" which is a function of the root-mean-square errors (RMSE) of interaction energy and liquid density. To efficiently explore the vdW parameter space, a novel approach was developed to estimate the liquid densities for a given vdW parameter set using the mean residue-residue interaction energies through interpolation/extrapolation. This approach allowed the costly molecular dynamics simulations be performed at the end of each optimization cycle only and eliminated the simulations during the cycle. Test results show notable improvements over the original AMBER FF99 vdW parameter set, as indicated by the reduction in errors of the calculated pure liquid densities (d), heats of vaporization (H(vap)), and hydration energies. The average percent error (APE) of the densities of 59 pure liquids was reduced from 5.33 to 2.97%; the RMSE of H(vap) was reduced from 1.98 to 1.38 kcal/mol; the RMSE of solvation free energies of 15 compounds was reduced from 1.56 to 1.38 kcal/mol. For the interaction energies of 1639 dimers, the overall performance of the optimized vdW set is slightly better than the original FF99 vdW set (RMSE of 1.56 versus 1.63 kcal/mol). The optimized vdW parameter set was also evaluated for the exponential screening function used in the Amoeba force field to assess its applicability for different types of screening functions. Encouragingly, comparable performance was observed when the optimized vdW set was combined with the Thole Amoeba-like polarizable model, particularly for the interaction energy and liquid density calculations. Thus, the optimized vdW set is applicable to both types of Thole models with either linear or Amoeba-like screening functions.
Project description:The quality of the force field is crucial to ensure the accuracy of simulations used in molecular modeling, including computer-aided drug design (CADD). To perform more accurate modeling and simulations of halogenated molecules, in this study the polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator model was extended to both aliphatic and aromatic systems using halogenated ethane and benzene model compounds for the halogens F, Cl, Br, and I. The force field parameters were optimized targeting quantum mechanical dipole moments, water interactions, and molecular polarizabilities as well as experimental observables, including enthalpies of vaporization, molecular volumes, hydration free energies, and dielectric constants. The developed halogenated polarizable force field is capable of reproducing QM relative energies and geometries of both halogen bonds and halogen-hydrogen bond donor interactions at an unprecedented level due to the inclusion of a virtual particle and anisotropic atomic polarizability on the halogen and, notably, the inclusion of Lennard-Jones parameters on the halogen Drude particle. The model was validated on the basis of its ability to accurately reproduce pure solvent properties for halogenated naphthalenes and alkanes, including species analogous to those used as refrigerants. Accordingly, it is anticipated that the model will be applicable for the study of halogenated derivatives in CADD as well as in other chemical and biophysical studies.
Project description:A polarizable empirical force field based on the classical Drude oscillator has been developed for the aliphatic alcohol series. The model is optimized with emphasis on condensed-phase properties and is validated against a variety of experimental data. Transferability of the developed parameters is emphasized by the use of a single electrostatic model for the hydroxyl group throughout the alcohol series. Aliphatic moiety parameters were transferred from the polarizable alkane parameter set, with only the Lennard-Jones parameters on the carbon in methanol optimized. The developed model yields good agreement with pure solvent properties with the exception of the heats of vaporization of 1-propanol and 1-butanol, which are underestimated by approximately 6%; special LJ parameters for the oxygen in these two molecules that correct for this limitation are presented. Accurate treatment of the free energies of aqueous solvation required the use of atom-type specific O(alcohol)-O(water) LJ interaction terms, with specific terms used for the primary and secondary alcohols. With respect to gas phase properties the polarizable model overestimates experimental dipole moments and quantum mechanical interaction energies with water by approximately 10 and 8 %, respectively, a significant improvement over 44 and 46 % overestimations of the corresponding properties in the CHARMM22 fixed-charge additive model. Comparison of structural properties of the polarizable and additive models for the pure solvents and in aqueous solution shows significant differences indicating atomic details of intermolecular interactions to be sensitive to the applied force field. The polarizable model predicts pure solvent and aqueous phase dipole moment distributions for ethanol centered at 2.4 and 2.7 D, respectively, a significant increase over the gas phase value of 1.8 D, whereas in a solvent of lower polarity, benzene, a value of 1.9 is obtained. The ability of the polarizable model to yield changes in dipole moment as well as the reproduction of a range of condensed phase properties indicates its utility in the study of the properties of alcohols in a variety of condensed phase environments as well as representing an important step in the development of a comprehensive force field for biological molecules.
Project description:The polarizable empirical CHARMM force field based on the classical Drude oscillator has been extended to the nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic compounds pyridine, pyrimidine, pyrrole, imidazole, indole, and purine. Initial parameters for the six-membered rings were based on benzene with nonbond parameter optimization focused on the nitrogen atoms and adjacent carbons and attached hydrogens. In the case of five-member rings, parameters were first developed for imidazole and transferred to pyrrole. Optimization of all parameters was performed against an extensive set of quantum mechanical and experimental data. Ab initio data were used for the determination of initial electrostatic parameters, the vibrational analysis, and in the optimization of the relative magnitudes of the Lennard-Jones (LJ) parameters, through computations of the interactions of dimers of model compounds, model compound-water interactions, and interactions of rare gases with model compounds. The absolute values of the LJ parameters were determined targeting experimental heats of vaporization, molecular volumes, heats of sublimation, crystal lattice parameters, and free energies of hydration. Final scaling of the polarizabilities from the gas-phase values by 0.85 was determined by reproduction of the dielectric constants of pyridine and pyrrole. The developed parameter set was extensively validated against additional experimental data such as diffusion constants, heat capacities, and isothermal compressibilities, including data as a function of temperature.