Common force field thermodynamics of cholesterol

Francesco Giangreco, Eiji Yamamoto, Yoshinori Hirano, Milan Hodoscek, Volker Knecht, Matteo Di Giosia, Matteo Calvaresi, Francesco Zerbetto, Kenji Yasuoka, Tetsu Narumi, Masato Yasui, Siegfried Höfinger

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Four different force fields are examined for dynamic characteristics using cholesterol as a case study. The extent to which various types of internal degrees of freedom become thermodynamically relevant is evaluated by means of principal component analysis. More complex degrees of freedom (angle bending, dihedral rotations) show a trend towards force field independence. Moreover, charge assignments for membrane-embedded compounds are revealed to be critical with significant impact on biological reasoning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number207287
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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