Quality Assurance for Biomolecular Simulations.
Murdock SE., Tai K., Ng MH., Johnston S., Wu B., Fangohr H., Laughton CA., Essex JW., Sansom MS.
Contemporary structural biology has an increased emphasis on high-throughput methods. Biomolecular simulations can add value to structural biology via the provision of dynamic information. However, at present there are no agreed measures for the quality of biomolecular simulation data. In this Letter, we suggest suitable measures for the quality assurance of molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules. These measures are designed to be simple, fast, and general. Reporting of these measures in simulation papers should become an expected practice, analogous to the reporting of comparable quality measures in protein crystallography. We wish to solicit views and suggestions from the simulation community on methods to obtain reliability measures from molecular-dynamics trajectories. In a database which provides access to previously obtained simulations [Formula: see text] for example BioSimGrid ( http://www.biosimgrid.org/ ) [Formula: see text] the user needs to be confident that the simulation trajectory is suitable for further investigation. This can be provided by the simulation quality measures which a user would examine prior to more extensive analyses.