[Chimera-users] Scripting Question
Helmick, Harrison Dale Brent
hhelmick at purdue.edu
Thu Jul 30 10:07:39 PDT 2020
To the Chimera Team,
Hello, my name is Harrison Helmick, and I am a PhD student in Purdue University's department of food science. I hope that you all are doing well.
I am interested in developing more relationships between bioinformatic models and end use properties of foods, helping us understand and predict characteristics like emulsification, gelling, denaturation, etc.
I have been using Chimera to run molecular dynamic simulations, as well as analyze the protein structures and compare those to experimental properties. I'd like to see if there are predictable functional differences based on intermediate steps of denaturation of common seed storage proteins used in food. I have found Chimera to be super interesting and helpful in terms of my learning so far.
One of the characteristics I'd like to quantify is the change in secondary structure over the course of denaturation. I would like to have a script that returns the number of residues that are identified as the basic secondary structures so that I can graph the relative proportion of these structures of the course of the simulation. I'd also like to see which helices and strands are being degraded first, and I will compare that to their relative surface accessibility.
The way I have gone about this is to use the Chimera command per frame scripts KSDSSP, sel hex, and writesel to attempt to generate files for each frame. With a short python code, we could loop over the files to see which residue numbers disappear first and the progression of the destruction of helices, strands, etc. I haven't been able to get the dynamic file writing to work though, so I always write over the original file instead of saving it as a new one.
While I could probably figure out the dynamic file writing, this seems inefficient, and I was wondering if you all had a better script this process.
Graduate Research Assistant, Ross Fellowship
Kokini Lab, Purdue University
Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science
745 Agriculture Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2009
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