We have created a simple algorithm for automatically predicting the explicit solvent atom distribution of biomolecules. The explicit distribution is coerced from the three-dimensional (3D) continuous distribution resulting from a 3D reference interaction site model (3D-RISM) calculation. This procedure predicts optimal location of solvent molecules and ions given a rigid biomolecular structure and the solvent composition. We show examples of predicting water molecules near the KNI-272 bound form of HIV-1 protease and predicting both sodium ions and water molecules near the rotor ring of F-adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase. Our results give excellent agreement with experimental structure with an average prediction error of 0.39-0.65 Å. Further, unlike experimental methods, this method does not suffer from the partial occupancy limit. Our method can be performed directly on 3D-RISM output within minutes. It is extremely useful for examining multiple specific solvent-solute interactions, as a convenient method for generating initial solvent structures for molecular dynamics calculations, and may assist in refinement of experimental structures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computational Mathematics