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Dendrimer Interactions with Lipid Bilayer: Comparison of Force Field and Effect of Implicit vs Explicit Solvation

Kanchi, Subbarao and Gosika, Mounika and Ayappa, KG and Maiti, Prabal K (2018) Dendrimer Interactions with Lipid Bilayer: Comparison of Force Field and Effect of Implicit vs Explicit Solvation. In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, 14 (7). pp. 3825-3839.

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The understanding of dendrimer interactions with cell membranes has great importance in drug/gene delivery based therapeutics. Although molecular simulations have been used to understand the nature of dendrimer interactions with lipid membranes, its dependency on available force field parameters is poorly understood. In this study, we have carried out fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a protonated G3 poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimer- dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) lipid bilayer complex using three different force fields (FFs) namely, CHARMM, GAFF, and GROMOS in the presence of explicit water to understand the structure of the lipid-dendrimer complex and nature of their interaction. CHARMM and GAFF dendrimers initially in contact with the lipid head groups were found to move away from the lipid bilayer during the course of simulation; however, the dendrimer remained strongly bound to the lipid head groups with the GROMOS FF. Potential of the mean force (PMF) computations of the dendrimer along the bilayer normal showed a repulsive barrier (similar to 20 kcal/mol) between dendrimer and lipid bilayer in the case of CHARMM and GAFF force fields. In contrast, an attractive interaction (similar to 40 kcal/mol) is obtained with the GROMOS force field, consistent with experimental observations of membrane binding observed with lower generation G3 PAMAM dendrimers. This difference with the GROMOS dendrimer is attributed to the strong dendrimer-lipid interaction and lowered surface hydration of the dendrimer. Assessing the role of solvent, we find that the CHARMM and GAFF dendrimers strongly bind to the lipid bilayer with an implicit solvent (Generalized Born) model, whereas binding is not observed with explicit water (TIP3P). The opposing nature of dendrimer-membrane interactions in the presence of explicit and implicit solvents demonstrates that hydration effects play an important role in modulating the dendrimer-lipid interaction warranting a case for refinement of the existing dendrimer/lipid force fields.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 16:07
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 10:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60407

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