[Chimera-users] create automatically all alternative protonation states of protein

Eric Pettersen pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Mar 19 11:04:43 PDT 2019

hi Thomas,
	I’m pretty sure this would have to be a Python script.  The general idea would be to select residues within a certain distance of the ligand, systematically change their names to indicate alternative protonation states, delete all protons and then run AddH and write out PDBs.  Since you have an indeterminate number of loops needed, I would use recursion, so something like:

pdb_num = 1
from chimera import runCommand as rc
rc(“sel ligands z<DIST”)
from chimera.selection import currentResidues
residues = currentResidues()

def change_protonation(remaining_residues):
	if not remaining_residues:
		global pdb_num
		rc(“del H”)
		rc(“write %d.pdb” % pdb_num)
		pdb_num += 1
	r = remaining_residues[0]
	if r.type == “GLU”:
		states = [“GLU”, “GLH”]
	elif r.type == “ASP”:
		states = [“ASP”, “ASH”]
	elif r.type == “HIS”:

		states = [r.type]
	for state in states:
		r.type = state


	The script is incomplete and I haven’t tested it, but you get the idea.


	Eric Pettersen
	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

> On Mar 19, 2019, at 7:59 AM, Thomas Evangelidis <tevang3 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I want to write a script that will read a protein-ligand complex, will find all residues with alternative protonation states within a radius from the ligand, and will write to separate pdb files all combinations of alternative protonations or the protein's binding site. Is this possible in Chimera? I saw at the documentation of addh command that there is not a way to specify explicitly which residues to protonate and how (e.g. I can protonate all ASP to ASH but not ASP34 to ASH34 and keep ASP52 as it is).
> Thanks in advance.
> Thomas 
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