[Chimera-users] Display solvent-accessible surface?
Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E]
darrellh at niaid.nih.gov
Fri Sep 17 10:30:53 PDT 2010
This is a perfect answer. Thank you!
The issue of SES and SAS surfaces is often confused and not well understood
because it is not apparent to novice users what the differences are.
I'm glad to see that Chimera recognizes this problem and "offsets" the
values. You guys are always one step ahead of me!
I use a similar hack of VDW radii in PyMOL:
I humbly suggest that a nice feature for Chimera might be a button or
checkmark or panel or something to specify which surface should be
Thanks for your rapid response! I'm supposed to teach next week and this was
something I didn't know how to do in Chimera!
Darrell Hurt, Ph.D.
Section Head, Computational Biology
Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB)
31 Center Drive, Room 3B62G
Bethesda, MD 20892
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> From: Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu>
> Reply-To: "chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu BB" <chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu>
> Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:08:38 -0400
> To: "Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E]" <darrellh at niaid.nih.gov>
> Cc: "chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu" <chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] Display solvent-accessible surface?
> Hi Darrell,
> You're definitely right in that the potential at the solvent-accessible
> surface (SAS) is more directly what the contacting atom centers would "see."
> It also varies less sharply there as compared to the solvent-excluded surface
> (SES) that Chimera displays. For these reasons, both Electrostatic Surface
> Coloring and Coulombic Surface Coloring tools (by default) actually use the
> values 1.4 angstroms out from the SES (so approximately at the SAS) even
> though the coloring is at the SES.
> There are options in those tools to change the offset, so it could be zero to
> just show the values exactly at the displayed surface.
> You can simulate an SAS in Chimera by increasing all the VDW radii by 1.4 and
> making the probe for surface calculation as small as possible. You can't get
> exactly the SAS because the probe cannot be zero. For example, commands:
> open 1zik; preset apply int 2
> del solvent; rep sphere
> vdwdef +1.4
> setattr s probeRadius 0.5
> I find that many papers and programs claim to be showing the SAS but aren't
> really. It has an interesting soap-bubbly appearance that I rarely see in
> published images. Nevertheless you can change the offset to zero in the
> ESP-coloring tool and try this almost-SAS surface to see what it looks like.
> Just remember to avoid calculations that rely on reasonable VDW radii after
> inflating their values.
> I hope this helps,
> P.S. I thought your name sounded familiar.. We were happy to see that you
> teach some molecular graphics classes including Chimera! Thanks!
> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
> University of California, San Francisco
> On Sep 17, 2010, at 8:46 AM, Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E] wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I¹ve tried searching the archives and found some interesting information, but
>> nothing specific to this question. Elaine¹s response was particularly
>>> From the documentation, it seems that Chimera only displays solvent-excluded
>> I understand that I can map solvent-accessibility to this surface using
>> ³Render Attributes², but I would like to display the actual
>> solvent-accessible surface. I want to do this because it is my understanding
>> that electrostatic potential mapping to a solvent-accessible surface is often
>> more informative than to a solvent-excluded surface:
>> Can it be done?
>> Darrell Hurt, Ph.D.
>> Section Head, Computational Biology
>> Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB)
>> 31 Center Drive, Room 3B62G
>> Bethesda, MD 20892
>> Office 301-402-0095
>> Mobile 301-758-3559
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