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J Phys Chem B. 2007 Jul 12;111(27):7812-24. Epub 2007 Jun 15.

The MARTINI force field: coarse grained model for biomolecular simulations.

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  • 1Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute & Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands. s.j.marrink@rug.nl

Abstract

We present an improved and extended version of our coarse grained lipid model. The new version, coined the MARTINI force field, is parametrized in a systematic way, based on the reproduction of partitioning free energies between polar and apolar phases of a large number of chemical compounds. To reproduce the free energies of these chemical building blocks, the number of possible interaction levels of the coarse-grained sites has increased compared to those of the previous model. Application of the new model to lipid bilayers shows an improved behavior in terms of the stress profile across the bilayer and the tendency to form pores. An extension of the force field now also allows the simulation of planar (ring) compounds, including sterols. Application to a bilayer/cholesterol system at various concentrations shows the typical cholesterol condensation effect similar to that observed in all atom representations.

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