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Title: Optimization of a Nucleic Acids united-RESidue 2-Point model (NARES-2P) with a maximum-likelihood approach

Coarse-grained models are useful tools to investigate the structural and thermodynamic properties of biomolecules. They are obtained by merging several atoms into one interaction site. Such simplified models try to capture as much as possible information of the original biomolecular system in all-atom representation but the resulting parameters of these coarse-grained force fields still need further optimization. In this paper, a force field optimization method, which is based on maximum-likelihood fitting of the simulated to the experimental conformational ensembles and least-squares fitting of the simulated to the experimental heat-capacity curves, is applied to optimize the Nucleic Acid united-RESidue 2-point (NARES-2P) model for coarse-grained simulations of nucleic acids recently developed in our laboratory. The optimized NARES-2P force field reproduces the structural and thermodynamic data of small DNA molecules much better than the original force field.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)
  2. Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 63, 80-308 Gdańsk (Poland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493363
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ATOMS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIAGRAMS; DNA; MAXIMUM-LIKELIHOOD FIT; MOLECULAR STRUCTURE; MOLECULES; OPTIMIZATION; RESIDUES; SPECIFIC HEAT