Estimating the temperature dependence of peptide folding entropies and free enthalpies from total energies in molecular dynamics simulations

Ricard Boned, Wilfred F. Van Gunsteren, Xavier Daura

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Abstract

The temperature dependence of thermodynamic quantities, such as heat capacity, entropy and free enthalpy, may be obtained by using well-known equations that relate these quantities to the enthalpy of the molecular system of interest at a range of temperatures. In turn, the enthalpy of a molecular system can be estimated from molecular dynamics simulations of an appropriate model. To demonstrate this, we have investigated the temperature dependence of the enthalpy, heat capacity, entropy and free enthalpy of a system that consists of a β-heptapeptide in methanol and have used the statistical mechanics relationships to describe the thermodynamics of the folding/unfolding equilibrium of the peptide. The results illustrate the power of current molecular simulation force fields and techniques in establishing the link between thermodynamic quantities and conformational distributions. © 2008 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5039-5046
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2008

Keywords

  • GROMOS
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Peptide folding
  • Peptides
  • Thermodynamics

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