[gmx-users] Reg: creation of separate chains in .pdb file

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed May 31 14:29:48 CEST 2017

On 5/31/17 8:26 AM, Syed Azeem wrote:
>> On 5/29/17 8:00 AM, Syed Azeem wrote:
>>> Hey all,
>>> I simulated a protein-peptide docked complex. Post simulation, I
>>> created an index file selecting only the Protein Group
>>> (protein-peptide complex). Then using editconf, I created a .pdb file
>>> for the same.
>>> When I view the prtn.pdb file, only the protein is available but not
>>> the peptide. Still the prtn.pdb file has coordinates for peptide as
>>> well. The pdb file also lacks a chain identifier, which was present in
>> If you're having trouble viewing the coordinates, that's a problem with the
>> viewer itself.  You say that the coordinates are there (as they should be)
>> so
>> there's no reason they can't be visualized if rendered properly.
>>> the initial structure.
>>> How to overcome this?
>> Add suitable chain identifiers back into the coordinate file.
> Hey Justin,
> I tried adding chain identifiers naming A & B to the file. It creates
> another linear peptide chain away from main complex, when I view it in
> Pymol.

Sounds like a periodicity issue.  PyMOL is only telling you what's there; it's 
not "creating" anything :)



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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