[gmx-users] How to use pdb2gmx be used to convert PRO to HYP?

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Apr 30 16:43:17 CEST 2015

On 4/30/15 9:57 AM, Mark Abraham wrote:
> Hi,
> Please do everyone the courtesy of starting a new email, rather than
> replying to a digest and confusing the archive and email readers.
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM Ming Tang <m21.tang at qut.edu.au> wrote:
>> Hi,Justin
>> I have been told by an author of one journsl that pdb2gmx can convert PRO
>> to HYP while generating. I did not find the option. Can you give me some
>> advice.
> Get knowledgeable reviewers ;-) You can't do it with pdb2gmx. Some building
> programs are suggested on the GROMACS website.

Perhaps one can play some tricks, but I agree with Mark.  Simply saying that 
pdb2gmx can do this is not true, at least not in a straightforward way.

The trick I might think of (caveat: untested!) is as follows:

1. Process the chain with normal PRO and build normal H on to the ring
2. Take that output and rename PRO->HYP, define .rtp and .hdb entries for HYP 
(or use whatever is already in the force field), rename the corresponding H atom 
to whatever the appropriate oxygen name is, and then re-process with pdb2gmx to 
build on the hydroxyl H atom
3. Minimize thoroughly

The above steps assume, of course, the use of an all-atom force field to get H 
built onto the ring.

This is a *very* crude approach and could distort geometry, so tread carefully. 
  The best approach is, as Mark says, use some molecule-editing software and 
build the structure appropriately.  My hack might work, but it's not the best 
way to do this.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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