RE: FW: Solvent/solute ratio? Re: [AMBER] how to add desired number of water

From: Ross Walker <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 19:47:19 -0800

Hi Robert,

Be aware that it is also a function of simulation length. You need to make
sure your molecule is solvated by enough solvent throughout the simulation.
In the tutorial the timescales are fairly short so the DNA does not rotate
or change shape / size very much. If you run a longer simulation where it
can rotate, or might fold up / unfold then you would need a larger water
box, or for DNA ideally a truncated octahedron to allow for rotation. Thus I
would suggest a minimum of 8 angstroms buffer but ideally more if you think
there will be changes in the box size, protein shape etc.

In the best case it should probably be as much as you can afford.

All the best

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Bill Ross
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> Subject: Re: FW: Solvent/solute ratio? Re: [AMBER] how to add desired
> number of water
> > How *does* one estimate an appropriate amount
> > of solvent for a given solute molecule in a MD simulation in
> explicit=20
> > solvent?
> My sense of it is, you want more than your cutoff, by some margin
> to allow for box shrinkage during equilibration. For nucleic acids,
> I have used 10A water (before adding ions) with 8A cutoff.
> Bill
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