Thanks to all for your helpful reply.

As a beginner, I build the heparin unit - LIdopA[2S]a1-4DGlcpNS[6S]a1-4LIdopA[2S]a1-4DGlcpNS[6S]a1-OH - using GAG builder in order get familiarize with the Glycam naming, before renaming the heparin pdb file I have.

Here, I am little confused with the format of the generated pdb file. I have noticed that top of the pdb file have  following details mentioned,

LINK         O1  ROH     1                 C1  UYS     2
LINK         O6  UYS     2                 S1  SO3     9
LINK         O4  UYS     2                 C1  YuA     3
LINK         O4  YuA     3                 C1  UYS     4
LINK         O2  YuA     3                 S1  SO3     8
LINK         O6  UYS     4                 S1  SO3     7
LINK         O4  UYS     4                 C1  2uA     5
LINK         O2  2uA     5                 S1  SO3     6

Is this just for the information or do I need to keep this information in my pdb file as well?

I have also noticed that there is a TER card in between the monosaccharide units in amber formatted pdb file (1_AMBER.pdb). For e.g.,

HETATM   25  O5  UYS     2       8.455   8.107  -2.556  1.00  0.00           O
HETATM   26  O4  UYS     2       8.472   7.396  -6.246  1.00  0.00           O
HETATM   27  C1  YuA     3       9.694   7.499  -7.062  1.00  0.00           C
HETATM   28  H1  YuA     3      10.522   7.063  -6.507  1.00  0.00           H

If I am right, usually  TER card is placed only when a residue get terminated ( i.e not bonded to the next residue). May I know why TER card is inserted in between the covalently linked monosccharide units?

Also, how do I re-adjust the atomic charges if I need to  set the total charge on heparin to 8 -ve?

Many thanks once again

On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 2:12 PM, Oliver Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Anu,

No you won't have to do that. When connecting sulfates you just adjust the charge on the connecting oxygen/nitrogen in tleap. E.g:
set mol.160.O6 charge -0.437
I adjusted it by + 0.031. Replace mol.160 as appropriate for your system.
For attaching a sulfate to the N of a b-GlcN you need to adjust the charge on the linking N by -0.057. You can find out what charge the N is in tleap with e.g:
charge mol.3.N2


On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 2:28 PM, anu chandra <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Oliver,

Thanks for your prompt reply. A quick query here is about the RESP charge calculation. I have noticed that in Glycam, the atomic partial charges are derived for monosaccharide units and also mentioned about change in charge while adding functional groups like sulfates. Do I need to do any  geometry optimization and partial charge calculation for the heparin I am using?. The heparin contains two disaccharide units.

Many thanks


On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 6:40 PM, Oliver Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Anu,

I forgot about adding sulfates. You'll also have to follow this page:


On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 6:12 PM, Oliver Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Anu,

I think this is the standard protocol right now:

Add these lines to your tleap input file. Insert your own paths and forcefields that you are using.

source /programs/amber/dat/leap/cmd/leaprc.GLYCAM_06j-1
source /programs/amber/dat/leap/cmd/leaprc.ff14SB

You can see I'm using AMBER14. Now the hard part is getting your ligand named correctly so that the correct GLYCAM parameters get assigned when you load it into tleap. Protein residues have standard names in the PDB, but unfortunately carbs do not. I assume you have a PDB format file of the co-complex. You have to manually edit the PDB file with a text editor, renaming the residues and atom names to GLYCAM nomenclature. See here for the nomenclature to use:
If this is your first time, it will be useful for you to build the sugar on our website, download the PDB file, and open it up in a text editor. You will see what format the carbohydrate residues and atom names need to be in. Arunima Singh and others from the group have made a GAG builder for this: Write back if you have any trouble with it. User feedback is precious to us.

In the very near future (we are testing the software right now) we'll be releasing software that renames everything for you, so this will be so much easier.

All the best,


On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM, SUBSCRIBE GLYCAM-L Anu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hello Glycam users,

I am planning to do MD simulation of a protein-ligand complex in which ligand is heparin, made of 2-O-sulfo-aplha-L-iduronic acid and 2-deoxy-2-sulamido-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-6-O-sulfate. I am using Amber 12 MD package for simulation. It will be of great help if somebody can help me to get the Amber compatible Glycam  parameters for heparin.

Many thanks