Lipidbook is a public repository for force field parameters with a special emphasis on lipids, detergents, and similar molecules that are of interest when simulating biological membranes. It acts as a warehouse for parameter files that are supplied by the community. Anyone can browse and download parameters but deposition of files requires user registration.
A collection of files for one lipid is called a package and typically contains a topology building block (connectivity and partial charges), possibly additional force field parameter files to define non-standard atom types, and perhaps structure files such as a pdb of a single molecule or a pre-equilibrated bilayer patch.
The goal of Lipidbook is to provide a reliable single source of parameters in order to simplify the simulation of membranes and membrane-protein systems. Various features assist the user in evaluating the reliability of parameter sets:
As a matter of established academic standards, Lipidbook urges users to always cite the corresponding primary reference for a parameter set to attribute full credit to the author(s) of the parameters.
Our Policy describes the terms under which data are made available and how we are dealing with your personal information.
Note that the operators of this website do not guarantee that the content made available via Lipidbook is correct or suitable for any purpose. It is the user's responsibility to verify that the parameters are producing sensible results.
Please read all referenced literature, the package abstract, and comments on the package from other users and judge for yourself.
Users on Lipidbook can add links to parameter files on other web pages instead of uploading the files. In order to maintain accessible and accurate versions of these files, Lipidbook inititates a WebCite® archival request and then links to the snapshot of the file archived on www.webcitation.org instead of the original URL. The original URL is still displayed on Lipidbook.
Please report bugs and requests for improvements through our Issue Tracking System. You will have to register separately with a valid email address (and we apologize for the inconvenience).
Lipidbook is described in
J. Domański, P. Stansfeld, M.S.P. Sansom, and O. Beckstein. Lipidbook: A Public Repository for Force Field Parameters Used in Membrane Simulations. J. Membrane Biol. 236 (2010), 255—258. doi:10.1007/s00232-010-9296-8. URL:http://lipidbook.bioch.ox.ac.uk
Lipidbook is hosted in the Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biochemistry Unit at the Department of Biochemistry in the University of Oxford.
In case of concerns, questions or problems please contact the current Lipidbook Maintainer <>, or either Dr. Oliver Beckstein <> or Prof. Mark Sansom <>.