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Classical Drude Polarizable Force Field Model for Methyl Phosphate and Its Interactions with Mg 2+

Abstract : Phosphate groups are essential components of nucleic acids and proteins, whose interactions with solvent, metal ions, and ionic side chains help control folding and binding. Methyl phosphate (MP) represents a simple analog of phosphate moieties that are post-translation modifications in proteins and present at the termini of nucleic acids, among other environments. In the present study, we optimized parameters for use in polarizable molecular dynamics simulations of MP in its mono- and dianionic forms, MP- ≡ CH3HPO4- and MP2- ≡ CH3PO42-, along with P i2- ≡ HPO42-, in the context of the classical Drude oscillator model. Parameter optimization was done in a manner consistent with the remainder of the Drude molecular mechanics force field, choosing atomic charges and polarizabilities to reproduce molecular properties from quantum mechanics as well as experimental hydration free energies. Optimized parameters were similar to existing dimethyl phosphate parameters, with a few significant differences. The developed parameters were then used to compute magnesium binding affinities in aqueous solution, using alchemical molecular dynamics free energy simulations. Good agreement with experiment was obtained, and outer sphere binding was shown to be predominant for MP- and MP2-.
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Francesco Villa, Alexander Mackerell, Benoît Roux, Thomas Simonson. Classical Drude Polarizable Force Field Model for Methyl Phosphate and Its Interactions with Mg 2+. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, American Chemical Society, 2018, 122 (29), pp.6147-6155. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpca.8b04418⟩. ⟨hal-01975114⟩



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