[Chimera-users] Multiple fitting of structures in to EM densities

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Tue May 9 18:00:57 PDT 2017

Hi Joe,

  It doesn’t look like EMDB 6720, mammalian respiratory supercomplex is made up of hexamer rings.  Is that the structure you mean?

  In you have 3 or 4 stacked hexamer rings for each of 2 proteins and they are exactly symmetric, or at least the map was reconstructed by imposing symmetry, then I would only fit one copy of an atomic model, and then create all the other copies using the Chimera “sym” command so they are exactly placed according to the symmetry.  If there really is no exact symmetry then you do have to fit each copy individually.  The Chimera "Fit in Map” tool or equivalent fitmap command does a local optimization based on an initial placement of the atomic model in the map — it uses gradient ascent to maximize correlation — so it will just find a local best fit.  So in this case I would hand place each copy of the atomic model, trying to get the position right to better than half the protein diameter (say 10 or 20 Angstroms) and the orientation angle not too far off (say no further than 60 degrees), then use the Chimera fitmap command or dialog on each.  If the map is high resloution like EMDB 6720 at 3.6 Angstroms you can probably fit copies without them moving to an adjacent position.  At much lower resolution like 15 Angstroms, the copies will tend to move all to the highest density.  Then you need to use the fitmap sequence or symmetry options to take into account clashes between the copies.


> On May 9, 2017, at 8:07 AM, Healey, Joe  wrote:
> Dear chimera team,
> I have a large EM density I would like to fully populate with a number of copies of a protein. To be more specific, the EM density is of 2 concentric protein rings (EMDB-6720), and each concentric ring is stacked 3 or 4 times. Each ring is a hexamer, so I would like to populate every single ring with 6 copies of each protein (but the inner and outer rings are 2 different proteins).
> What would be the best mechanism to iteratively import a protein, populate an EM density space, then move on to the next one? Currently, I think if I was to simply open several copies of the protein, they would probably all try to fit within the same EM density position, leaving the rest of the structure empty?
> My apologies if this isn't totally clear, I've tried to explain it as best as I think I can. I'm happy to accept solutions in 'chimera language', python (or I also have Jaime's Pychimera installed).
> Many thanks
> Joe Healey
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