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From: Charles Greenberg (greenberg.charles.h_at_gmail.com)
Date: Thu Apr 03 2014 - 12:48:16 CDT
OK that answer makes a lot of sense, thank you John. I've had more
consistency viewing the structure in Chimera, which uses DSSP, if that's
On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM, John Stone <johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu> wrote:
> VMD currently calls STRIDE for secondary structure assignment.
> The STRIDE algorithm has various floating point thresholds in it, that
> can cause an assignment to flip-flop between two outcomes if the input
> structure has angles/energies that fall on critical value. Another
> limitation with STRIDE is that it reads the structure from a PDB-formatted
> file, which severely restricts the magnitudes of the atomic coordinates
> vs. what might turn up in a simulation trajectory. If your atomic
> are very very far from the origin, the lost precision due to the PDB file
> format may impact the quality of the results that STRIDE produces.
> We are working on our own replacement for STRIDE that addresses some of
> these issues, but it's going to be a few more months before we have
> that's usable yet.
> John Stone
> On Wed, Apr 02, 2014 at 10:39:33AM -0700, Charles Greenberg wrote:
> > VMD is giving me inconsistent calculations of secondary structure.
> For my
> > protein, some alpha_helix regions are being rendered as helix_3_10 or
> > just unstructured. What makes this really strange is that if I do a
> > body rotation of this protein (in another program), the transformed
> > has correct secondary structure! These pdb files are identical except
> > that rigid body transform. Am I doing something wrong?
> > The two PDB files are available here:
> > https://www.dropbox.com/s/nwezglwy8kqhs8r/good.pdb
> > https://www.dropbox.com/s/1f6cx1ij7h4cynn/bad.pdb
> > I find this problem in VMD 1.9.1 both on Linux and Mac.
> > Thanks,
> > Charles
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