Efficient free energy calculations for compounds with multiple stable conformations separated by high energy barriers

J. Hritz, C. Oostenbrink

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Abstract

Compounds with high intramolecular energy barriers represent challenging targets for free energy calculations because of the difficulty to obtain sufficient conformational sampling. Existing approaches are therefore computationally very demanding, thus preventing practical applications for such compounds. We present an enhanced sampling-one step perturbation method (ES-OS) to tackle this problem in a highly efficient way. A single molecular dynamics simulation of a judiciously chosen reference state (using two sets of soft-core interactions) is sufficient to determine conformational distributions of chemically similar compounds and the free energy differences between them. The ES-OS method is applied to a set of five biologically relevant 8-substituted GTP analogs having high energy barriers between the anti and the syn conformations of the base with respect to the ribose part. The reliability of ES-OS is verified by comparing the results to Hamiltonian replica exchange simulations of GTP and 8-Br-GTP and the experimentally determined
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12711-20
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume113
Issue number38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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