PBEQ-Solver for online visualization of electrostatic potential of biomolecules

Posted by
Miklós Vargyas
on 12 09 2011
PBEQ-Solver provides a web-based graphical user interface to read biomolecular structures, solve the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equations and interactively visualize the electrostatic potential. PBEQ-Solver calculates (i) electrostatic potential and solvation free energy, (ii) proteinprotein (DNA or RNA) electrostatic interaction energy and (iii) pKa of a selected titratable residue. All the calculations can be performed in both aqueous solvent and membrane environments (with a cylindrical pore in the case of membrane). PBEQ-Solver uses the PBEQ module in the biomolecular simulation program CHARMM to solve the finite-difference PB equation of molecules specified by users. Users can interactively inspect the calculated electrostatic potential on the solvent-accessible surface as well as iso-electrostatic potential contours using a novel online visualization tool based on MarvinSpace molecular visualization software, a Java applet integrated within CHARMM-GUI (http://www.charmm-gui.org). To reduce the computational time on the server, and to increase the efficiency in visualization, all the PB calculations are performed with coarse grid spacing (1.5 angstrom before and 1 angstrom after focusing). PBEQ-Solver suggests various physical parameters for PB calculations and users can modify them if necessary. PBEQ-Solver is available at http://www.charmm-gui.org/input/pbeqsolver.
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