Lipids unplugged

leakage_vs_nanodics.jpgSimulations with Martini 3 reveal how lipids unplug pyroptotic pores formed by gasdermin-A3.
 
To see by which mechanism this happens, as well as to see how the pore shape of small and large oligomers adapts to preferred shapes in accord with atomic-force-microscopy, see the latest publication of Mari & Pluhackova et al. in Nat. Comm. 

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Improved parameters for IDPs

The group of Lindorff-Larsen performed a systematic study on the behavior of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) with Martini 3. Comparing to SAXS data, they show that Martini 3 generally underestimates the global dimensions of the IDPs, which can be fixed by slightly increasing protein-water interactions. Although not an ideal solution, for the time being this seems like a pragmatic approach when modeling IDPs (as well as multi-domain proteins that are connected via flexible linkers) with Martini 3. For details, read the paper ! Thomasen et al, JCTC, 2022.

Sticky Martini

No worries, Martini 3 is not too sticky, but 'Sticky Martini' here refers to a novel way of letting Martini beads stick together on purpose, to mimic chemical reactions. See the work of Carvalho et al., just published in Npj Computational Materials.

Membrane permeability

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A nice collaborative effort between our group and the membrane enzymology group of Bert Poolman, unraveling the key factors that govern membrane permeation of weak acids, has now been published in Nature Communications.

Polyply

polyply-image3.jpgGenerating input files and realistic starting coordinates for complex multi-component simulations is often a major bottleneck, especially for high throughput protocols. To eliminate this bottleneck, we present the polyply software suite that provides 1) a multi-scale graph matching algorithm designed to generate parameters quickly and for arbitrarily complex polymeric topologies, and 2) a generic multi-scale random walk protocol capable of setting up complex systems efficiently and independent of the target force-field or model resolution.

We demonstrate the power of polyply by setting up a number of complex systems, including a liquid-liquid phase separated polymer system inside a lipid vesicle. For details, see Grünewald et al., Nature Commun. 2022.