[gmx-users] PCA-how much of the structure to include?

patrick wintrode pat_wde2 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 25 18:55:27 CEST 2008

Dear all,

I'm performing PCA on a 20 nanosecond simulation of a
~200 aa protein. I performed PCA initially using only alpha carbons. I
then reperformed it by using the backbone for fitting, and the whole
protein for covar analysis.

This worked but when I looked at some of the motions using the -extr option in g_anaeig, the side chains look strange/distorted.

noticed that most reported PCA uses just alpha carbons or backbone
atoms. Does this mean that PCA is not well suited for all-atom analysis
due to fast side chain motions? Or did I make some mistake (like not
selecting the same set of atoms for fitting and analysis)? Can someone
point me toward a paper where PCA included side chains?


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