We present our blind predictions for the Statistical Assessment of the Modeling of Proteins and Ligands (SAMPL), ninth challenge, focusing on the binding of WP6 (carboxy-pillar[6]arene) with ammonium/diammonium cationic guests. Host-guest binding free energies have been calculated using the recently developed virtual double system single box approach, based on the enhanced sampling of the bound and unbound end-states followed by fast switching nonequilibrium alchemical simulations [M. Macchiagodena et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 16, 7160 (2020)]. As far as Pearson and Kendall coefficients are concerned, performances were acceptable and, in general, better than those we submitted for calixarenes, cucurbituril-like open cavitand, and beta-cyclodextrines in previous SAMPL host-guest challenges, confirming the reliability of nonequilibrium approaches for absolute binding free energy calculations. In comparison with previous submissions, we found a rather large mean signed error that we attribute to the way the finite charge correction was addressed through the assumption of a neutralizing background plasma.

SAMPL9 blind predictions using nonequilibrium alchemical approaches

Guarnieri G.
2022-01-01

Abstract

We present our blind predictions for the Statistical Assessment of the Modeling of Proteins and Ligands (SAMPL), ninth challenge, focusing on the binding of WP6 (carboxy-pillar[6]arene) with ammonium/diammonium cationic guests. Host-guest binding free energies have been calculated using the recently developed virtual double system single box approach, based on the enhanced sampling of the bound and unbound end-states followed by fast switching nonequilibrium alchemical simulations [M. Macchiagodena et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 16, 7160 (2020)]. As far as Pearson and Kendall coefficients are concerned, performances were acceptable and, in general, better than those we submitted for calixarenes, cucurbituril-like open cavitand, and beta-cyclodextrines in previous SAMPL host-guest challenges, confirming the reliability of nonequilibrium approaches for absolute binding free energy calculations. In comparison with previous submissions, we found a rather large mean signed error that we attribute to the way the finite charge correction was addressed through the assumption of a neutralizing background plasma.
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