TITLE

Reconstructing the free-energy landscape of Met-enkephalin using dihedral principal component analysis and well-tempered metadynamics

AUTHOR(S)
Sicard, François; Senet, Patrick
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;Jun2013, Vol. 138 Issue 23, p235101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Well-Tempered Metadynamics (WTmetaD) is an efficient method to enhance the reconstruction of the free-energy surface of proteins. WTmetaD guarantees a faster convergence in the long time limit in comparison with the standard metadynamics. It still suffers, however, from the same limitation, i.e., the non-trivial choice of pertinent collective variables (CVs). To circumvent this problem, we couple WTmetaD with a set of CVs generated from a dihedral Principal Component Analysis (dPCA) on the Ramachandran dihedral angles describing the backbone structure of the protein. The dPCA provides a generic method to extract relevant CVs built from internal coordinates, and does not depend on the alignment to an arbitrarily chosen reference structure as usual in Cartesian PCA. We illustrate the robustness of this method in the case of a reference model protein, the small and very diffusive Met-enkephalin pentapeptide. We propose a justification a posteriori of the considered number of CVs necessary to bias the metadynamics simulation in terms of the one-dimensional free-energy profiles associated with Ramachandran dihedral angles along the amino-acid sequence.
ACCESSION #
88345324

 

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