Re: parameter file for DMPC lipid and protein system but with CHARMM36 lipids

From: Prathit Chatterjee (
Date: Tue Jan 04 2011 - 01:14:10 CST

Please concatenate the charmm_36 lipid file and the par_all22_prot_cmap.inp to a new *.inp file and use it for the lipid system containing the protein.

Regarding replacement of the charmm27 lipid parameters by the charmm_36 lipid parameters, please go through the paper - J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 7830–7843. This gives the difference and the development of the recent charmm_36 force field from the previous one (charmm_27).

So, combining the recent force field with the par_all22_prot_cmap.inp will be the correct decision according to me.


--- On Tue, 4/1/11, Erica Smith <> wrote:

From: Erica Smith <>
Subject: namd-l: parameter file for DMPC lipid and protein system but with CHARMM36 lipids
Date: Tuesday, 4 January, 2011, 9:23 AM


Has anyone used the charmm36 lipid parameters to simluate a lipid system
containing a protein?  In other words using a parameter file such as
par_all27_prot_lipid.inp but with with charmm36 lipid parameters.  My
protein is not embedded in the membrane, but sits the within the solvent
pahse (TIP3P water) just above the polar headgroups.

I have not worked with membrane simulations or NAMD for several years, and
am not sure if it is simply a case of just replacing the charmm27 lipid
parameters in par_all27_prot_lipid.inp with the charmm36 lipid parameters.

Erica Smith

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