Application of Brownian motion theory to the analysis of membrane channel ionic trajectories calculated by molecular dynamics

E. Jakobsson, S. W. Chiu

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This paper shows how Brownian motion theory can be used to analyze features of individual ion trajectories in channels as calculated by molecular dynamics, and that its use permits more precise determinations of diffusion coefficients than would otherwise be possible. We also show how a consideration of trajectories of single particles can distinguish between effects due to the magnitude of the diffusion coefficient and effects due to barriers and wells in the potential profile, effects which can not be distinguished by consideration of average fluxes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-756
Number of pages6
JournalBiophysical journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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  • Biophysics

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