Difference between revisions of "Canavan Task 10 - Molecular Dynamics Simulations"
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Revision as of 10:02, 31 August 2012
- 1 Protocol
- 2 Initial Checks
- 3 Energies
- 4 distances between periodic boundaries
- 5 RMSF
- 6 Convergence of RMSD
- 7 Visualization
- 8 Radius of gyration
- 9 Surface
- 10 HBonds
- 11 Ramachandran Plots
- 12 RMSD reloaded
- 13 Cluster structures in trajectory
Further information and commands can be found in the protocol.
For all three runs, there are 2000 time frames, with a resolution of 5 psec. Therefore the whole simulation ran for 10000 psec = 10 nsec. No errors occured during the run and the simulation finished properly.
|run time||5h 22:37||5h 08:54||5h 08:35|
|atoms outside of box||406, 408, 480, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 500, 501,..||406, 480, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 500, 502, 503,..||406, 408, 480, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 500, 501,..|
|Last frame||2000, time 10000.000||2000, time 10000.000||2000, time 10000.000|
Temperature, Pressure, Total Energies and Potential Energies have been analysed for the three proteins for the MD run using g_energy. For all analysed thermodynamical parameters convergence could be observed. Though, for pressure the values vary enormously, but the average pressure is close to the specified value of 1 bar.
The temperature fluctuates about the reference temperature of 298K that has been specified in the corresponding mdp file. There are only small deviations from this value, which is reflected in the small error estimates.
|Reference Value||298 K||298 K||298 K|
|Total Drift||-0.00042403 (K)||0.00867898 (K)||0.0154339 (K)|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_temp">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_temp">||<figure id="a305_scwrl_temp.png">|
The pressure varies enormously about the reference pressure of 1 bar. This results in large RMSD values. Yet, the average pressure over the whole simulation is very close to the specified pressure of 1 bar and therefore the error estimates are relatively small.
|Reference Value||1.0 (Berendsen barostat)||1.0 (Berendsen barostat)||1.0 (Berendsen barostat)|
|Total Drift||-0.0713928 (bar)||-0.0585283 (bar)||-0.100316 (bar)|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_pressure">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_pressure">||<figure id="a305_scwrl_pressure">|
The potential energy decreases over simulation time, which leads to the conclusion, that the conformation of the structure is energetically optimized during the simulation. The decrease in energy is reflected in the large negative drift values. The wildtype has the best average energies and also the best energies at the end of the simulation with about -592000 kJ/mol, whereas for K213E it is -586000 kJ/mol and for A305E -583000 kJ/mol.
|Total Drift||-252.112 (kJ/mol)||-425.823 (kJ/mol)||-290.165 (kJ/mol)|
|Plot||<figure id="CD_wt_potenergy">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_poten">||<figure id="a305_scwrl_potenergy">|
The total energy values resemble the potential energy values. In contrast to the potential energy, kinetic energies are included in the calculation of the total energy. Again the total energy decreases during the simulation. And again, the wildtype protein has the best average total energy with about -485000 kJ/mol against -480000 kJ/mol for the K213E mutant and -478500 kJ/mol for A305E.
|Total Drift||-252.262 (kJ/mol)||-422.763 (kJ/mol)||-284.743 (kJ/mol)|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_tot_energy">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_toten">||<figure id="a305e_scwrl_totenergy">|
distances between periodic boundaries
We calculated the minimum distance between periodic images for the whole protein (not only C-alpha atoms). The suggested distance limit of 2nm is undercut at some timesteps during the simulation. Especially for the mutant K213E the distance often is below 2nm. This might have caused undesired unphysical interactions.
|shortest dist||1.6456 (nm)||1.47431 (nm)||1.59859 (nm)|
|at time step||7675 (ps)||7515 (ps)||2460 (ps)|
|between atoms||15 and 4507||598 and 4497||597 and 4507|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_pi">||<figure id="k213e_pi">||<figure id="a305e_pi">|
Only small fluctuations can be observed for the residues of the three proteins.
For all three proteins there is a peak around residues 60-75, which defines this region as rather flexible. Especially for K213E, there is a strong peak of more than 0.35 nm. This region forms a loop, that is highlighted with a red circle in the lower right corner in the B-factor figures (<xr id="wt_bfactors"/>, <xr id="k213e_bfactors"/>, <xr id="a305e_bfactors"/>).
There is another flexible region formed by residues 220-230. This region is also highlighted by a red circle in the b-factor figures in the lower left corner.
For the wildtype, there is a region between residues 120 and 180 that is especially rigid. When looking at the structure, one finds that this regions defines the core of the protein.
The figures of the B-factors of the proteins visualize the fluctuation plots. Most parts of the protein are rather rigid and only some exposed loops have higher bfactors. These loops correspond to the regions identified in the fluctuation plots.
Interestingly, K213E has rather low B-factor values, than one might expect from the fluctuations plot, whereas A305E has higher B-factors than the wildtype and seems to be more motile.
|RMSF Plot||<figure id="wt_rmsf_plot">||<figure id="k213e_rmsf_plot">||<figure id="a3o5e_rmsf_plot">|
|B-Factors||<figure id="wt_bfactors">||<figure id="k213e_bfactors">||<figure id="a305e_bfactors">|
With this script we compared the RMSF for the three proteins.
For wildtype and K213E the P-value is 0.03297.
For wildtype and A305E the P-value is 2.18339e-11.
For K213E and A305E the P-value is 0.00011.
g_rmsf also generates an unphysical average structure. One can see, that for regions with high b-facotrs, the averaged structure shows several possible residue conformers.
Convergence of RMSD
As expected, the RMSD increases when using the starting structure as a reference: Over the simulation the structure changes and deviates more and more from the starting structure. Yet these changes are not tremendous (RMSD < 0.2 nm), as the starting structure is derived from the crystal structure and therefore should already have adopted a optimal conformation.
When using only C-alpha atoms for the RMSD calculation instead of the whole protein, the values are smaller. This is because sidechains are the most flexible elements in a structure and cause the higher RMSD compared to only C-alpha atoms.
When taking the average structure as reference, the RMSD is higher at the beginning of the simulation and finally converges as the structure reaches an equilibrium. Only for A305E the RMSD increases in the last 2000 timesteps and therefore does not show convergence! Another interesting point is, that for both mutants the RMSD values are much higher than for the wildtype: For the wildtype the RMSD towards the average structure is about 0.48 nm at the end of the simulation, whereas for K213E it is 0.69 nm and for A305E it is 0.61 nm.
|RMSD whole protein towards starting structure||<figure id="wt_rmsd_all_vs_first">||<figure id="k213e_rmsd_all_vs_first">||<figure id="a3o5e_rmsd_all_vs_first">|
|RMSD C-alpha atoms towards starting structure||<figure id="wt_rmsd_calpha_vs_first">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_rmsd_calpha_first">||<figure id="a305e_scwrl_rmsd_calpha_first">|
|Internal RMSD for Calpha atoms||<figure id="wt__internal_rmsd">||<figure id="k213_internal_rmsd">||<figure id="a305e_internal_rmsd">|
|RMSD whole protein towards average structure||<figure id="wt_rmsd_all_vs_average">||<figure id="k213e_rmsd_all_vs_average">||<figure id="a305e_rmsd_all_vs_average">|
|RMSD protein backbone towards average structure||<figure id="wt_rmsd_calpha_vs_average">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_rmsd_calpha_average">||<figure id="a305e_scwrl_rmsd_calpha_average">|
Radius of gyration
Against our expectations, the radius of gyration increases for the proteins. As the energy of the system decreases during the run, we would expect that the protein becomes more compact. One idea is, that we used the monomeric form of the protein for the simulation, whereas in the crystal structure it is a dimer. Therefore the monomer might have a different energetical optimal conformation than compared to its dimer bound form.
Yet, the changes are only minor and within a range of less than 0.05 nanometer. Thus, the increase in the radius of gyration is not of great impact.
|Plot||<figure id="wt_rg">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_rog">||<figure id="a305e_scwrl_rog">|
The surface for our protein does not significantly change during the simulations, but rather oscillates around xx. Big changes in the surface could imply major structural changes like an opening or closing process of the molecule, but we can neither observe that in our visualisations, nor see it implied from the surface data.
|Plot||<figure id="wt_aspa_sas">||<figure id="k213_sas">||<figure id="a305e_sas">|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_rg">||<figure id="k213_scwrl_rog">||<figure id="a305e_scwrl_rog">|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_aspa_rama">||<figure id="k213e_rama">||<figure id="a305e_rama">|
|Plot||<figure id="wt_pw_rmsd">||<figure id="k213e_pw_rmsd">||<figure id="a305e_pw_rmsd">|
Cluster structures in trajectory
|Plot||<figure id="wt__cluster">||<figure id="k213e_cluster">||<figure id="a305e_cluster">|