[Chimera-users] A question about subunit chain-letter ID.

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Jun 22 13:21:48 PDT 2016

On Jun 22, 2016, at 1:14 PM, T-I <ignatiou at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Elaine,
> I'm a student from London and I have a quick question for you.
> I have a single pdb file consisting of 7 separate subunit chains (with TER between each chain).
> I would like to know how to assign an identifying chain letter to each of those subunit chains (i.e, from A to G).without having to manually copy and paste columns of chain letters into the pdb text file.
> This way when i scroll over each pdb chain in Chimera  i will be able to see the chain letter too.
> Can this chain letter ID assignment be done directly in Chimera?..... and if so,  how and which tool do i need to use.?
> Thank you for your assistance.
> Ti

Dear Ti,
I think you can use the “Change Chain IDs” tool (in menu under Tools… Structure Editing). If I recall correctly, even though you don’t already have chain IDs, the parts separated by TER will be listed separately in the dialog and you can specify a new ID for each.

There is also a “changechains” to do basically the same thing, but it only handles chains that already have IDs that are different from each other.

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

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