Wolfgang Damm

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We provide an overview of the IMPACT molecular mechanics program with an emphasis on recent developments and a description of its current functionality. With respect to core molecular mechanics technologies we include a status report for the fixed charge and polarizable force fields that can be used with the program and illustrate how the force fields, when(More)
The accurate prediction of protein-ligand binding free energies is a primary objective in computer-aided drug design. The solvation free energy of a small molecule provides a surrogate to the desolvation of the ligand in the thermodynamic process of protein-ligand binding. Here, we use explicit solvent molecular dynamics free energy perturbation to predict(More)
The parametrization and validation of the OPLS3 force field for small molecules and proteins are reported. Enhancements with respect to the previous version (OPLS2.1) include the addition of off-atom charge sites to represent halogen bonding and aryl nitrogen lone pairs as well as a complete refit of peptide dihedral parameters to better model the native(More)
Explicit solvent molecular dynamics free energy perturbation simulations were performed to predict absolute solvation free energies of 239 diverse small molecules. We use OPLS2.0, the next generation OPLS force field, and compare the results with popular small molecule force fields-OPLS_2005, GAFF, and CHARMm-MSI. OPLS2.0 produces the best correlation with(More)
This work describes an improved version of the original OPLS-all atom (OPLS-AA) force field for carbohydrates (Damm et al., J Comp Chem 1997, 18, 1955). The improvement is achieved by applying additional scaling factors for the electrostatic interactions between 1,5- and 1,6-interactions. This new model is tested first for improving the conformational(More)
Standard force fields used in biomolecular computing describe electrostatic interactions in terms of fixed, usually atom-centered, charges. Real physical systems, however, polarize substantially when placed in a high-dielectric medium such as water--or even when a strongly charged system approaches a neutral body in the gas phase. Such polarization strongly(More)
Designing tight-binding ligands is a primary objective of small-molecule drug discovery. Over the past few decades, free-energy calculations have benefited from improved force fields and sampling algorithms, as well as the advent of low-cost parallel computing. However, it has proven to be challenging to reliably achieve the level of accuracy that would be(More)
This report defines a sufficiently expressive sublanguage of the behavioural modelling constructs of UML allowing to capture industrial real time applications. Covered aspects include in particular the concept of Active Objects, polymorphism as well as a detailed presentation of UML statecharts. For the chosen restrictive sublanguage, the zero-time(More)
Schizophyllan is a beta(1-->3)-D-glucan polysaccharide with beta(1-->6)-branched lateral glucose residues that presents a very stiff triple-helical structure under most experimental conditions. Despite the remarkable stability of this structure (which persists up to 120 degrees C in aqueous solution), schizophyllan undergoes a major change of state around 7(More)
A polarizable force field, and associated continuum solvation model, have been developed for the explicit purpose of computing and studying the energetics and structural features of protein binding to the wide range of ligands with potential for medicinal applications. Parameters for the polarizable force field (PFF) are derived from gas-phase ab initio(More)