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Course, academic year 2018/2019
Methods of biomolecular modelling - N143054
Title in English: Metody biomolekulárního modelování
Guaranteed by: Department of Informatics and Chemistry (143)
Actual: from 2015
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:4
E-Credits: summer s.:4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
For type:  
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)
The course is focused on computer modelling of biological macromolecules (nucleic acids and proteins) and their interactions. With increasing computer power and development of new algorithms, computer modelling now forms an integral part of research in molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. The first part of the course comprises an introduction to probability theory and stochastic processes, more solid than usually taught in introductory courses. This knowledge is of broader use well outside the domain of biomolecular modelling. We then use the acquired theoretical background to formulate an important simulation method, Brownian dynamics. We finish by discussing its applications to specific biological problems such as protein-ligand interactions or macromolecular dynamics in the cell. The exercises include theoretical topics as well as simple computations which the students are supposed to programm themselves.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

Students will:

  • understand probability and stochastic processes at a more solid level
  • get insight into the theoretical formulation and algorithmic realization of Brownian dynamics simulations
  • obtain an overview of applications to specific problems at the border between molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics

Literature -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

R: T. Schlick, Molecular Modeling and Simulation, Springer 2002

A: D. Frenkel, B. Smit, Understanding Molecular Simulation, Academic Press 2002

A: J. Šponer, F. Lankaš (eds.), Computational Studies of RNA and DNA, Springer 2006

Learning resources -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

Online materials for the course

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

Zápočet: aktivní účast na přednáškách a cvičeních

Zkouška: ústní

Syllabus -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

1. Introduction. Length and time scales in biomolecular modelling

2. Probability

3. Random variables

4. Characteristics of random variables

5. Probability distribution

6. Normal distribution

7. Stochastic processes

8. Langevin equation

9. Brownian motion

10. Brownian dynamics simulations

11. Application I: Diffusion-controlled protein-ligand binding

12. Application II: Dynamics of nucleosomes and of the chromatin fibre

13. Application III: Movement and interactions of biomolecules in the cell

Registration requirements -
Last update: Lankaš Filip doc.Ing. Ph.D. (28.06.2016)

Essential bioinformatics, Molecular modelling

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 2 56
4 / 4 112 / 112
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Aktivní účast na výuce 30
Ústní zkouška 70