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# Free Energy Calculation

in MD Simulation

Basic Thermodynamics

## Helmoholtz free energy

A = U TS ! " #
i
\$
i

dA = %
re&
're&ersi(le) const \$ * T+ e, '--./+ Mc0uarrie 1 Simon

## 2i((s free energy

2 = U ! 3* TS ! " #
i
\$
i
= H TS ! " #
i
\$
i
d2 = %
non3*
're&ersi(le) const \$ 3 T+ e, '--.45+ Mc0uarrie 1 Simon
U internal energy 3 3ressure #
i
Chemical 6otential
* *olume T Tem6erature
S Entro6y dS = d,7T S = 8
B
ln 9

:m6lication of Free Energy

A ; B <
e,
= =A>7=B>
<
e,
= e?6 '@A2
B
7CT+
A2
B
= @CT ln <
e,
A2 = A2
B
! CT ln 0
A2 D B Unfa&ora(le
A2 = B
A2 E B Fa&ora(le

Statistical Mechanics

H'6
4
)6
-
).........6
\$
) r
4
) r
-
).......r
\$
+

## Different ensem(le 'fi?ed system ,uantities+

@ Canonical ensem(le '\$)*)T+
@ \$3T ensem(le

Statistical Mechanics

Common Free Energy Ty6e

## Confomational Free Energy

Calculating Free Energy

E?6erimentally
@ 6ro(a(ilities of finding the system at gi&en states
A2 = @CT ln '3
4
73
B
+
@ re&ersi(le %or8 of mo&ing the system (et%een
t%o states

Com6utationally
@ 6o(a(ility
@ re&ersi(le %or8 F more efficient

3ro(a(ility Method ' Brute Force +

Ergodic hy6othesis
time a&erage = ensem(le a&erage

A2 = @CT ln '3
4
73
B
+

## :s this trueG :n general) \$HI

@ sam6ling time is too short com6utationally
@ hard to sam6le e&ery state of the system
For system state of zero sam6ling) 3
A
= B F A2
B F A
= J

A=lim
t -
1
t

A( t ) dt=
1
M

M
A
i
= A

Alanine Di6e6tide

Challenge

## Accurate calculations of a(solute free energy is

nearly im6ossi(le due to insufficient sam6ling in a
finite length and time scale simulation.

## \$eed different methods to estimate free energy.

Common method
@ Thermodynamical integration
@ Free energy 6ertur(ation
@ Um(rella sam6ling
@ 3otential of mean force

Thermodynamic Cycle

H ( x , p
x
, \)=H
0
( x , p
x
)+\ H
b
( x , p
x
)+(1\) H
a
( x , p
x
)

Thermodynamic :ntegration

Thermodynamic :ntegration

## the &alue of EdA7dKD is accurately determined

for a num(er of intermediate &alues of K) the
total free energy is determined %ith numerical
integration methods (ased on these &alues

## A'K+ is smooth enough and con&erged

:ntermediate &aluesL
fluctuation of MH7MK for each &alue of dA7dK

Free Energy 3ertur(ation

Error Estimation
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## :n FE3) con&ergence may (e 6ro(ed (y monitoring the time@e&olution

of the ensem(le a&erage. This is) ho%e&er) a necessary) (ut not
sufficient condition for con&ergence) (ecause a66arent 6lateaus of
the ensem(le a&erage often conceal anomalous o&erla6 of the
density of states characterizing the initial and the final states. The
latter should (e the 8ey@criterion to ascertain the local con&ergence of
the simulation for those degrees of freedom that are effecti&ely
sam6led.

## Statistical errors in FE3 calculations may (e estimated (y means of a

first@order e?6ansion of the free energy) %hich in&ol&es an estimation
of the sam6ling ratio of the latter of the calculation 'Straatsma) 4/O5+.
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E?am6le

## Mutate 3HE to H:S

3henylalanine Histidine

F to H S9\$T dU

## 3henylalanine &s. Histidine

A2
3HE
= @-.RST 8cal7mol
A2
H:S
= @4.RTS 8cal7mol
H
U
\$
CH C
CH
U
HH
H

## From amino acid S9\$T free energy 6rofile) %e can estimate A2

4
and A2
-

L
A2
4
= @-.RST 8cal7mol A2
-
= @4.RTS 8cal7mol
AA2 = A2
-
@ A2
4
= +0.991 kcal/mol +0.991 kcal/mol

## From alchemical transformationL

A2
4
alch
= @-O.VO 8cal7mol A2
-
alch
= @-R.OO 8cal7mol
AA2W = A2
-
alch
@A2
4
alch
= +0.7 kcal/mol +0.7 kcal/mol
1
alch
2
alch 1 2 (aq)
G
(aq)
G G
1
alch 2
2
alch 1 (aq)
G
(aq)
G G G G SWNT - HIS HIS

G G G G SWNT - PHE PHE
2
2
alch
1
alch
1
=

+ = +

To (e continued............

Thermodynamic :ntegration

H ( p
1
, p
2
, ....... p
N
, r
1
, r
2
, .......... r
N
)
A A
a-b
=A((
b
)A((
a
)=

dA(()
d (
d (
dA(()
d (
=

H ( r , p)
(
exH (r , p) dr dp

exH (r , p) dr dp
A A
a-b
=

H ( r , p)
(
d (

H ( r , p)
(
= F
(
=constraint force
Ceaction Coordinate X

## Constraint force L force re,uired

to constrain the system at a fi?
reaction coordinate X

E?am6le

## Ceaction coordinate L Distance (et%een the

CHM of C5B and CHM of D33C mem(rane

## Harmonic constraint force

8 = 4BB 8cal7mol7Y
-

Um(rella Sam6ling

UZ'?+

3Z'?+

## Estimate un(iased free energy

A ? = [8 ( )
B
T ln 3Z ? [ UZ ? F ( ) ( ) +

(ias

## Harmonic (iasing function

Multi6le simulations

## 3ut the minimum of the (ias in a different 6lace for each

simulation 'sam6ling %indo%s+

## From one simulation

A ? = [8 ( )
B
T ln 3Z ? [ UZ ? F ( ) ( ) +

F de6ends on UZ'?+

9HAM

simulations

## <umar) et al. \ Com6ut Chem) 4S) 4B44@4B-4)

4//-

2eneralizations
Multidimension reaction coordinates
Multi6le tem6eratures

\$
sims
= num(er of simulations
n
i
'?+= num(er of counts in histogram (in associated %ith ?
U
(ias)i
) F
i
= (iasing 6otential and free energy shift from simulation i

## 3'?+ = (est estimate of un(iased 6ro(a(ility distri(ution

F
i
and 3'?+ are un8no%ns

## Sol&e (y iteration to self consistency

Cunning US simulation

6otential

## Com6ute time series for the &alue of the

reaction coordinate 'histograms+

E?am6le

## Ceaction coordinate L Distance (et%een the

CHM of C5B and CHM of D33C mem(rane

/ %indo%s L B S- Y) T Y s6acing

## Harmonic constraint force

8 = B.V 8cal7mol7Y
-

Hther Methods

Steered MD

## 3arallel Tem6ering 'Ce6lica e?change+

@ o&ercome free energy (arriers

etc.

Ce6lica E?change
H&ercoming Free Energy Barrier

\$on@directed method
'no reaction coordinate+

statesG

## At high T) (arriers are

easier to o&ercome.

## Heat and cool the system

to 6ush it o&er (arriers to
sam6le ne% configurations

Ce6lica E?change
H&ercoming Free Energy Barrier

tem6eratures

## S%a6 configurations (ased on a

monte carlo criterion

## This criterion guarantees that the

lo%est 'target+ tem6erature
]tra^ectory_ sam6les from the
Boltzmann distri(ution.

S%a66ing configurations
effecti&ely im6ro&es sam6ling

H&ercoming Free Energy Barrier

## 9hen doing 6arallel tem6ering

molecular dynamics) one must ta8e
care in the inter6retation of the
results. A 6arallel tem6ering e?change
is an `un6hysicalW mo&e) and so one
cannot dra% conclusions a(out
dynamics. That is) %hen using 6arallel
tem6ering molecular dynamics) one is
only really doing a form of sam6ling
and not `trueW molecular dynamics.
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Function) and Bioinformatics
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Ceference

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