Barry Hardy bhardy at convex.ox.ac.uk
Fri Dec 23 08:04:19 EST 1994

                        GLYCOSCI STRUCTURE E-FLASH  1
                               December 23 1994
                                Barry J. Hardy



     I just attended the Molecular Graphics Society/British Biophysical
Society meeting on Carbohydrates. It was held in London from Dec 19-20
and co-organized by Steve Homans (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Trevor Howe
(Lilly, U.K.). The meeting received financial support from Glaxo, Lilly,
and Unilever. For those interested in industry events: Peter Grootenhuis 
(Organon, NL) announced that patents were pending on their anti-thrombin 
III regulators and that he would be reporting further on the details in 
Anaheim (April 95).  There will be a meeting there organized by Al French
on carbohydrate structure as well as numerous computational chemistry
division meetings.  Hope to see you there if you are going.



   At the MGS/BBS meeting Kjeld Rasmussen announced Internet availability
of his PEF force field for carbohydrates which he has been working on for 
20 years.  The access information I noted down is as follows:

for force-field and parameter set code, information and help

use anonymous ftp at

	 lipida.kla.dth.dk     (IP number is

Email queries to cff at lipida.kla.dth.dk


                              THE WEB

   I have recently been preparing some Web pages and participating
in electronic conferencing.  You might enjoy browsing my current pages
to get the feel of these activities.  This will give you an idea
of the kind of things you would be doing to participate in the '95
electronic glycoscience conference or in preparing pages that the glycosci
group pages could link to.

I have some pages at http://alcyone.pcl.ox.ac.uk/people/barry.html



Anne Imberty of Nantes is forwarding the following structural information
to the group:

Dear colleague,

The present letter is to inform the SYBYL users that the set of carbohydrate
parameters (PIM) that we proposed previously to be used with the TRIPOS force
field has now been revised. If you are interested, please have a look
at the following description


As described previously, the carbohydrate parameters have been developed 
mainly to be used for study of protein carbohydrates interactions but they 
could also be used for comformational analysis of glycans.


Main improvement of the new release are
1/ Corrections of some errors in the previous set of parameters (kindly 
   indicated by some users)
2/ Fitting of the energy curve for PHI on the most recent ab initio
   study performed by Igor Tvaroska (see ref).
3/ Inclusion of parameters for sialic acid
4/ And on the top, to make life simpler, we provide a small library of 
   monosaccharides which have already proper atom types and proper charges.
   This library now include GlcNAc, Man, Gal, GalNAc, Xyl, Fuc and NeuAc
   with the several anomers needed to built complex type glycans. 


1/ to build glycans :
- from the library. Just use the JOIN MOLECULES (in OTHER TOOLS in the 
  BUILD/EDIT menu) on the monosaccharides. Then increase the charge on the
  connecting C-X carbon, in the C-1_O-1_C-X sequence, by 0.4)... and check 
  the resulting sum of charges on the whole molecule.
- from existing structures. First, you have to modify the atom types of 
  your favorite glycan to the PIM ones (see the published description). Then
  derived the charges, either by analogy with charges used in library or by
  calculating them with MNDO.

2/ to calculate rigid maps : First remove the hydroxylic hydrogens in your
  glycan. Then just use the SYSTEMATIC SEARCH option in Sybyl but do not forget
  to lower the proposed 'van der Waals radius scale factors' which are too
  high. Also, do not include any electrostatic term in the energy calculations.

3/ to calculate relaxed maps : Keep all the atoms and all the
  electrostatic and use the GRID SEARCH options. Use a dielectric constant
  quite high (> 10) if you dont want to overestimate intramolecular 
  hydrogen bonds

4/ to study protein carbohydrate interactions : Use the Pullmann method to 
  calculate the charges on the protein moiety... once you have added all the
  hydrogen atoms and use the distance dielectric function in the energy


The parameters (and library)can be obtained (at no cost !) by sending a
Email or a letter to the adress given at the bottom of this message. I will 
send you a binary file (pim.tpd), the ascii equivalents (in case you need 
them) and the library of monosaccharides. What I will need to do that is
-either an anonymous account (please provide the TCPIP number)
-or a regular account with a password (also with the number).
If you do not have access to internet, just send your favorite transfer media
(DC6150 Cartridge, 4mm tape or even disquette) and I will mail it back to 
you with the parameters.


As you may have heard in the recent Symposium on Conformational Analysis of
Carbohydrates (ValMorin, 1994) we are working on the parametrization of
sulfate group. A preliminary set of parameters already exist but we
are working on some better ones. If you are interested, please keep in touch.


- For the new parameters :

Perez S., Meyer C. & Imberty A. (1995) Practical tools for molecular modeling
   of complex carbohydrates and their interactions with proteins. In 'Modelling
   of Biomolecular Structures and Mechanisms', A. Pullman, J.Jortner & B.
   Pullman (eds.) Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, pp 425-444. 

- For the old parameters and for charges, atom types and docking procedures :

Imberty A., Hardman K.D., Carver J.P. & Perez S. (1991) Molecular modelling
   of protein/carbohydrate interactions. Docking of monosaccharides in the
   binding site of Concanavalin A. Glycobiology 1, 456-484

- For the ab-initio energy curve of 2-methoxytetrahydropyran :

Tvaroska I. & Carver J.P. (1994) Ab initio molecular orbital calculation
   of carbohydrate model compounds. 2. Conformational analysis of axial and
   equatorial 2-methoxytetrahydropyrans. J. Phys. Chem. 98, 9477-9485.

- For some examples of how we used these parameters :

Imberty A., Perez S., Hricovini M., Shah R.n., & Carver J.P. (1993)
   Flexibility in a tetrasaccharide fragment from the high mannose type of
   N-linked oligosaccharides. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 15, 17-23

Bara J., Imberty A., Perez S., Imai K., Yachi A & Oriol R. (1993)
   A fucose residue can mask the muc-1 epitopes in normal and cancerous
   gastric mucosae. Int. J. Cancer 54, 607-613

Imberty A. & Perez S. (1994) Molecular modelling of protein/carbohydrate 
   interactions. Understanding the specificities of two legume lectins 
   towards oliogosaccharides. Glycobiology 4, 351-366

Imberty A., Casset F., Gegg C.V., Etzler M.E. & Perez S. (1994)
   Molecular modelling of the Dolichos biflorus seed lectin and its specific
   interactions with carbohydrates: a-D-N-acetyl-galactosamine, Forssman
   disaccharide and blood group A trisaccharide. Glycoconj. J. 11, 400-413

 - For some recent reviews of our group about conformations of glycans :  

Imberty A., Bourne Y., Cambillau C., Rouge P. & Perez S. (1993)
   Oligosaccharide conformation in protein/carbohydrate complexes. Adv.
   Biophys. Chem. 3, 71-117.

Perez S., Imberty A. & Carver J.P. (1994) Molecular modeling : An essential
   component in the structure determination of oligosaccharides and 
   polysaccharides. Adv. Comput. Biol. 1, 147-202.


*   Dr Anne Imberty            *                                 * 
*   Ingenierie Moleculaire     *   Tel  : (33) 40-67-50-98       *
*   INRA                       *   Fax  : (33) 40-67-50-92       *
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*   FRANCE                     *                                 *

That's all for '94 folks.  See you next year!

Barry J. Hardy


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