Modelling lipid systems in fluid with Lattice Boltzmann Molecular Dynamics simulations and hydrodynamics

TitleModelling lipid systems in fluid with Lattice Boltzmann Molecular Dynamics simulations and hydrodynamics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBrandner AF, Timr S, Melchionna S, Derreumaux P, Baaden M, Sterpone F
JournalScientific Reports
Volume9
Pagination16450
ISBN Number2045-2322
Abstract

In this work we present the coupling between Dry Martini, an efficient implicit solvent coarse-grained model for lipids, and the Lattice Boltzmann Molecular Dynamics (LBMD) simulation technique in order to include naturally hydrodynamic interactions in implicit solvent simulations of lipid systems. After validating the implementation of the model, we explored several systems where the action of a perturbing fluid plays an important role. Namely, we investigated the role of an external shear flow on the dynamics of a vesicle, the dynamics of substrate release under shear, and inquired the dynamics of proteins and substrates confined inside the core of a vesicle. Our methodology enables future exploration of a large variety of biological entities and processes involving lipid systems at the mesoscopic scale where hydrodynamics plays an essential role, e.g. by modulating the migration of proteins in the proximity of membranes, the dynamics of vesicle-based drug delivery systems, or, more generally, the behaviour of proteins in cellular compartments.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52760-y
DOI10.1038/s41598-019-52760-y
Citation Key2019|2122