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Pathogenicity characterization with implicit and explicit molecular dynamics simulation

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DOI: 10.4236/ns.2011.312127    3,805 Downloads   6,988 Views


The contribution of water molecules in molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) is unquestionably high, particularly for enzymatic interaction which occurred in the cytoplasmic environment. The addition of water molecules to the system will surely influence different direct interaction between active site residues and substrate. We try to theoretically investigate to what extent the pathogenicity characterization will varies in different neuraminidase-sialic acid complex systems. The heating dynamics simulations were produced with and without TIP3P water molecules. The periodic boundary system was made for explicitly added TIP3P water molecules and generalized born molecular volume (GBMV) energy contribution was added for implicit solvent system. Both complexes, neuraminidasesialic acid of A/Tokyo/3/67 and A/Pennsylvania/10218/ 84, which have a different pathogenicity levels were minimized and simulated. The result shows more residues produced hydrogen bonds with substrate when water molecules were not added to the system. The binding free energies also show differences. Overall, even the values of energy differences, but an implicit solvent provides the similar result (HPAI complex has higher activity than LPAI for both systems) in characterization of pathogenic virus neuraminidase activity.

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Herlambang, S. and Saleh, R. (2011) Pathogenicity characterization with implicit and explicit molecular dynamics simulation. Natural Science, 3, 1022-1028. doi: 10.4236/ns.2011.312127.

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