Canavan Task 10 - Molecular Dynamics Simulations
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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|
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. 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.
|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.
|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. In the b-factor figures, this region is highlighted with a red circle in the lower right corner.
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 loopWhen looking at the bfactors one finds the same results. s correspong 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">|
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">|
|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 wildtype protein. As the energy of the system decreases during hte rund, 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.