[Chimera-users] An oddity in ribbon.

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Dec 12 10:28:41 PST 2018

Hi Yehuda,
In Chimera the default ribbon has a smoothed path, so it does not necessarily pass through the actual locations of the alpha-carbons (CA atoms).  This is probably the reason for what you’re seeing — there is a sharp turn that gets smoothed to a shorter loop.  Longer explanation here:

You can instead make the ribbon go through the CA atoms, for example with command:

ribspline cardinal

… however, these will be very squiggly.  For some compromise smoothing of strands only, could be something like:

ribspline cardinal smooth strand


You could also try ChimeraX, in which the default ribbons are at the CA atom positions except in strands.

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

> On Dec 12, 2018, at 6:49 AM, Yehuda Halfon <yehuda.halfon at weizmann.ac.il> wrote:
> Hi, 
> I have an oddity when showing ribbon. 
> When I show the loop (see figs) in ribbon I get the small thing in the middle and when I show it in atom the loop is longer. In coot the loop looks fine. 
> Is it in the PDB? is in a chimera error? It only happens in this loop in this PDB. The same loop in other PDBs is fine. 
> Thanks,
> Yehuda Halfon 
> <coot.png><ribbon.png><atom.png>

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