A new algorithm for construction of coarse-grained sites of large biomolecules

Min Li, John Z.H. Zhang, Fei Xia

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The development of coarse-grained (CG) models for large biomolecules remains a challenge in multiscale simulations, including a rigorous definition of CG representations for them. In this work, we proposed a new stepwise optimization imposed with the boundary-constraint (SOBC) algorithm to construct the CG sites of large biomolecules, based on the s cheme of essential dynamics CG. By means of SOBC, we can rigorously derive the CG representations of biomolecules with less computational cost. The SOBC is particularly efficient for the CG definition of large systems with thousands of residues. The resulted CG sites can be parameterized as a CG model using the normal mode analysis based fluctuation matching method. Through normal mode analysis, the obtained modes of CG model can accurately reflect the functionally related slow motions of biomolecules. The SOBC algorithm can be used for the construction of CG sites of large biomolecules such as F-actin and for the study of mechanical properties of biomaterials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-804
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 5 2016


  • coarse-grained representation
  • elastic network model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Computational Mathematics


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