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J Mol Graph Model. 2000 Jun;18(3):273-82.

GB/SA water model for the Merck molecular force field (MMFF).

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  • 1Pharmacopeia, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, USA.


A revised generalized Born/surface area (GB/SA) continuum solvation model has been developed for water that is compatible with the Merck molecular force field (MMFF). This model gives free energies of aqueous solvation that are comparable in accuracy to the original water model when the OPLS* force field is employed. The average unsigned error in aqueous deltaGsol using the new water model and MMFF is 0.62 kcal/mol for a training set of 82 solutes compared to 1.24 kcal/mol for the original GB/SA water model and MMFF. The average unsigned errors for 47 neutral solutes outside the training set and 10 ions are 0.96 and 2.32 kcal/mol, respectively. By comparison, the average errors for the test set and ions using the original GB/SA water model are 1.76 and 5.32 kcal/mol. This revised parameter set provides a more accurate representation of aqueous solvation for use with MMFF.

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