[gmx-users] a simple doubt about g_rms

Miguel Quiliano Meza rifaximina at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 20:30:18 CET 2010

Hi everyone.

Nowadays I am learning how to analyze my results after MD. I have been
reading the tutorial "GROMACS Tutorial for Drug – Enzyme Complex" and all is
fine but I have a big doubt about g_rms. I know that g_rms compares two
structures by computing the root mean square deviation (RMSD). In the
tutorial one part said:

"Use g_rms to obtain an RMSD plot of the protein backbone and the drug (IN4)
throughout the simulation. Do the Backbone first g_rms –s md.tpr –f md.trr
(or xtc) –o bkbone_rmsd.xvg You will be prompted to select a Group. Enter 4
(for backbone).
Compare to 1 Group in the reference. Enter 1 then Enter 4 for backbone

The last part for me is confused, I understand that I am going to compare
backbone with protein so first (4) and then (1), but "Enter 1 then Enter 4
for backbone again", why???? and what should I do if I want to calculate the
RMSD of the drug? (4) and then LIG?? or (LIG) and (LIG)?

I know that these are trivial questions but I would be grateful I someone
can help me or give advices.

Thanks in advance.

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