[Chimera-users] pipes and planks

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Dec 2 16:07:24 PST 2016

Hi Kyle,
Unfortunately once it’s made, it’s made.  Instead you have to get the coloring you want on the original model, and then recreate the pipes (& planks). Each whole pipe would be the same color, though, taken from the ribbon color of the first residue in that helix; it is not divided into independently colorable per-residue segments. The new pipes model should overwrite the existing pipes model, but f you seem to be getting duplicate models, extras can be closed using the Model Panel (under Favorites in the menu). 

You could try to “highlight” a position by also displaying the atomic structure CA atom of that residue as a ball or sphere, but I don’t know how well that would meet your needs, sorry.

In our next-gen program ChimeraX, not yet publicly available but will be soon (as early development, not a finished product), 
...there are helix “tubes” (like cylinders but curved) that are better integrated with the atomic model and cartoon ribbons, and can be recolored even in per-residue segments after they are shown.  Example image with leucine segments in red attached below.

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Dec 2, 2016, at 3:40 PM, Kyle Morris <kylelmorris at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Dear Chimera dev,
> I am using the pipes representation. In this case is it still possible to color/highlight a segment by residue number? Using the normal commands when displaying pipes doesn’t update the color, only on the original model.
> Thanks for your help!
> Best wishes,
> Kyle
> scription: http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/mailman/listinfo/chimera-users

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