[Chimera-users] dock prep for many ligands

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Dec 23 09:46:23 PST 2019

Hi Asmi Tariq,
This is not a bug, so please do not send mail to the bugs address.

There is no such PDF or video, sorry.   However, I do know that lots of people use Chimera to prep many ligands.  Here are some tips:

(1) You didn’t say what docking program you are using. Different programs take different input formats.  Chimera would be used to prepare ligands and write them in mol2 format.  If your docking program doesn’t take mol2, then Chimera is less useful for you.

(2) My guess is that it wouldn’t be practical/feasible to read one giant SDF file with all those ligands for prepping.  If using Chimera, it would probably work better if you had individual files for the individual ligands instead, e.g. lig00001.sdf, lig00002.sdf, etc.  Also the SDF needs to be 3D coordinates.  if you have SDFs with 2D chemical diagrams, Chimera will NOT be able to prep them into reasonable 3D molecules.

(3) then you would have to manually figure out which command(s) to use to prep a single ligand.  Probably you would need to use “open” (open ligand file), “addh”, “addcharge” and “write” (output mol2 file).  There is usually some trial and error for you to figure out what command options you want.  See the individual command help pages here:

(4) After you have figured out which commands you want to use, then you would write a script to loop through your many ligands as discussed here in the programmer’s guide.

P.S. I changed the subject line to something useful.  

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

> On Dec 21, 2019, at 7:10 AM, Asmi Mahmood <asmi_mahmood at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi
> Hope you are doing good. I need your assistance regarding chimera. I'm working on virtual docking and need to prepare more than 10k ligands (in a single file as SDF) for docking process. I need to know that if chimera desktop latest version can fulfill my need. If yes please give me a tutorial pdf or video.
> Regards
> Waiting for a quick response
> Asma Tariq 

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