Author(s): Hgberg CJ, Lyubartsev AP
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Abstract A series of molecular dynamics simulations of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers, with different levels of hydration and temperature, were performed to examine the influence of hydration on properties of lipid membranes. Structural and dynamical properties such as area per lipid, electron densities, order parameters for all CH bonds and water, diffusion, and reorientation autocorrelation functions were determined and were all found to be affected by changes in the hydration level. The simulations give an overall picture of the bilayer going to a more ordered state when the hydration level is reduced. Lipid headgroups were found to adopt an orientation more parallel to the membrane plane when the water content was decreased. Dynamical properties such as lipid diffusion and relaxation of reorientation time correlation functions were found to become slower with the removal of water. Our simulation results generally agree with experimental data in cases where such data are available. One important conclusion drawn is that while structural properties are affected only moderately dynamical properties are affected very strongly by a decrease of water content.
This article was published in J Phys Chem B
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology