AMBER: Simulating proteins with calcium ion

From: Qing Zhang <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 16:15:42 -0800 (PST)

Dear Amber users:

I am trying to simulate a protein-protein complex with a calcium ion (Ca2+) at the binding interface. Energy minimizations on the initial crystal structure without explicit solvent lead to displacement of Ca2+, even though the ion is restrained. I searched the Amber achieve and found that the similar problems had been raised before and that two kinds of models had been used for solving the problem: bonded and non-bonded. The latter is preferred in my case because an experiment shows that the mutation of a particular residue that bonds to Ca2+ leads to partial dissociation of the complex.

Although there have been clear demonstrations of non-bonded models for Zn2+ with Amber and Ca2+ with Charmm (indicating divalent ion coordination after MD simulations), I did not see such a clear demonstration of a nonbonded model for Ca2+ with Amber. Anyone knows?


Qing Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Molecular Biology, MB-5
The Scripps Research Institute
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La Jolla, CA 92037-1000
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