Intersurf is the command-line implementation of the Intersurf tool, which creates and displays interface surfaces. Intersurf with atom specification arguments generates an interface surface. The surface is colored to show the separation across the interface, by default red for smaller distances and blue for larger. Currently this distance-to-color mapping can only be adjusted in the graphical user interface (see below). However, alternative color mappings not based on the separation across the interface can be applied with scolor, or the surface can be colored to match nearby atoms using Color Zone.
An interface surface is opened as a separate model that can be:
intersurf #0:.a #1:.b pair chain prune 15 bias .2- generate an interface surface between chain A in model 0 and chain B in model 1, biasing the surface toward the former; disregard residues in each chain whose centroids are not within 15.0 Å of any residue centroid in the other chain
intersurf main ligand pair atom solid false- generate a mesh interface surface between the sets of atoms classified as main and ligand
The option keywords apply only to interface surface generation, not coloring. Option keywords for intersurf can be truncated to unique strings and their case does not matter. A vertical bar "|" designates mutually exclusive options, and default values are indicated with bold. Synonyms for true: True, 1. Synonyms for false: False, 0.
It is necessary to use pairing chain to specify an interface between chains in two different models and pairing atom to specify an interface between sets of atoms (other than whole chains or whole models) in two different models.
- model - calculate an interface surface between two models; default when atom-spec1 and atom-spec2 specify atoms in two different models
- chain - calculate an interface surface between two chains; default when atom-spec1 and atom-spec2 specify atoms in the same model (of course, they should specify two different chains)
- atom - calculate an interface surface between two sets of atoms that are not whole chains or models (cannot be done with the Intersurf graphical interface); atom-spec1 and atom-spec2 should specify mutually exclusive sets of atoms
Whether to generate a solid surface rather than the default mesh.
Whether to overwrite any existing interface surface (otherwise, an additional surface model will be generated).
Whether to select the atoms that define the interface.
Ignore residues in one set of atoms whose centroids are not within distance (default 30.0 Å) of any residue centroid in the other set of atoms. If this option is not specified, or if distance is set to 0.0 Å, pruning will not be performed.
How to divide the space between the two sets of atoms. Each vertex in the interface surface lies between two atoms, one from each set. The fraction can range from 0 to 1, where 0.5 (default) places each interface surface point equidistant from the VDW surfaces of the two corresponding atoms. A value of 0.0 places interface surface vertices at the VDW surface of the set specified with atom-spec1 and a value of 1.0 places them at the VDW surface of the set specified with atom-spec2. Where the VDW surfaces of the two sets coincide, changes in the value will have little effect on interface surface vertex placement.
See also: scolor, measure buriedarea, Color Zone, Surface Zone, Measure Volume