- Last Updated: Monday, 20 May 2019 11:30
A web sever for setting up and running Martini membrane systems has just been launched:
M. Damre, A. Marchetto, A. Giorgetti. MERMAID: dedicated web server to prepare and run coarse-grained membrane protein dynamics. Nucleic Acids Research, gkz416, doi:10.1093/nar/gkz416.
Ceramide binding to VDAC
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:19
Starting as a simple tutorial excercise to demonstrate the power of Martini to study protein-lipid interactions, ending up as a full-blown paper with lots of experimental support and biological relevance ! Read all about the amazing ability of ceramides to bind to voltage dependent anion channels (VDAC) in mitochondrial membranes:
Dadsena et al., Ceramides bind VDAC2 to trigger mitochondrial apoptosis. Nature Commun. 10:1832, 2019. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09654
- Last Updated: Saturday, 20 April 2019 19:56
Happy Easter with lots of swinging activities .... For inspiration, check out how to convert your CG water beads to real ones on-the-fly !
J. Zavadlav, S.J. Marrink M. Praprotnik, SWINGER: a clustering algorithm for concurrent coupling of atomistic and supramolecular liquids. Interface Focus 9:20180075, 2019. doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2018.0075
Light Harvesting Complex II
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 April 2019 18:24
Martini simulations of the full trimeric light harvesting complex II, embedded in a thylakoid membrane, reveal interesting chromophore dynamics and lipid binding sites.
For details, check the paper which is now online: S. Thallmair, P.A. Vainikka, S.J. Marrink. Biophys. J., 116:1446-1455, 2019. doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2019.03.009
Less fuzzy lipids
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:00
A recent study by Carpenter, Lopez and coworkers nicely characterized the phase behavior of Martini DPPC/DOPC/cholesterol ternary mixtures. General Martini parameters correctly captured a large fraction of the phase diagram, but parameters optimized against CHARMM DOPC and DPPC simulations could better capture some of the details, especially close to the critical point.
For details see JCTC 2018, DOI:10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00496.