Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

A necessary step prior to starting any membrane protein computer simulation is the creation of a well-packed configuration of protein(s) and lipids. Here, we demonstrate a method, alchembed, that can simultaneously and rapidly embed multiple proteins into arrangements of lipids described using either atomistic or coarse-grained force fields. During a short simulation, the interactions between the protein(s) and lipids are gradually switched on using a soft-core van der Waals potential. We validate the method on a range of membrane proteins and determine the optimal soft-core parameters required to insert membrane proteins. Since all of the major biomolecular codes include soft-core van der Waals potentials, no additional code is required to apply this method. A tutorial is included in the Supporting Information.

Original publication




Journal article


J Chem Theory Comput

Publication Date





2743 - 2754