Ion permeation through neuronal nAChR ion channel
© Jens and Fels; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 04 May 2010
Alzheimer’s dementia is related to loss of inter-neuron communication by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) at post synaptic neurons, and successful therapy approaches rely e.g. on modulations of response signals initiated by ion flux through the receptor integrated ion channel.
Both methods show the same performance characteristics but require a different number of simulations with different simulation length. For construction of one PMF 300 separate 300 ps simulations are performed for US, but only one 2100 ps run for SMD pulling. Reasonable error estimates require three repetitions of US but two times twelve repetitions for SMD, which sum up to 9360 CPU hours in case of US and 6490 for SMD. SMD, therefore, needs 30% less time on low latency HPC clusters, but US gains advantage through distributed computing.
The potential energy barriers are calculated for Na+ and Cl- based on US and SMD pulling, enabling differentiation between ion types and their in- and efflux through the channel.
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