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Semi-Markov Models for Brownian Dynamics Permeation in Biological Ion Channels

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Semi-Markov Models for Brownian Dynamics Permeation in Biological Ion Channels
—Constructing accurate computational models that explain how ions permeate through a biological ion channel is an important problem in biophysics and drug design. Brownian dynamics simulations are large scale interacting particle computer simulations for modeling ion channel permeation but can be computationally prohibitive. In this paper we show the somewhat surprising result that a small dimensional semi-Markov model can generate events (such as conduction events, dwell times at binding sites in the protein) that are statistically indistinguishable from Brownian dynamics computer simulation. This approach enables the use of extrapolation techniques to predict channel conduction when performing the actual Brownian dynamics simulation is computationally intractable. Numerical studies on the simulation of gramicidin A ion channels are presented.
Vikram Krishnamurthy, Kai Yiu Luk
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where TCBB
Authors Vikram Krishnamurthy, Kai Yiu Luk
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