[Chimera-users] How to predict/model the structure of two known structure proteins

Phan Trong Hoang hoang at ipk-gatersleben.de
Thu Jan 22 06:05:10 PST 2015

Dear Meng,
Thank you very much for your reply.
I have tried as you wrote (please see figure 1), but I face the problem. There is a Blast:query appearance but there is no information about PDB....please have a look at the attached picture (figure 2). I tried with the sequence of one protein in PDB. The same table appeared with no more information. Could you show me how to fix it or there are other steps to avoid this step.
Thank you
Best regards

-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Meng [mailto:meng at cgl.ucsf.edu] 
Sent: Mittwoch, 21. Januar 2015 23:02
To: Phan Trong Hoang
Cc: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu
Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] How to predict/model the structure of two known structure proteins

Dear Hoang,
Yes, but there are a few steps.  You would need to:

(1) use a text-editor to make a plain text fasta-format file of the fusion protein sequence, if you don't already have such a file.  Fasta format description:
Make the name of your file end with ".fasta"

(2) open the fasta file in Chimera.  Then from sequence window menu: Info... Blast Protein to search the PDB for matching structures.  In the Blast Protein results, find the two structure proteins and choose both lines (click, ctrl-click in the results dialog), then click the "Show in MAV" and "Load Structure" buttons at the bottom of the dialog.

(3) now you will have a new sequence alignment window with 3 sequences in it: the fusion protein and the two protein structures, and in the main Chimera window, the two structures.

(4) In Chimera, delete any extra protein chains.  In other words, if there are extra copies of those structures, just delete them so that you have only one copy to use as the template.  Make sure that the remaining copy of each is associated with its sequence in the alignment (sequence alignment window menu: Structures... Associations...) <http://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/ContributedSoftware/multalignviewer/framemav.html>

(5) position the two structures so that the termini are in a somewhat reasonable place relative to each other to template the fusion protein.  You can "freeze" one in place by deactivating it and move just the other with the mouse as described here:

6) from the sequence alignment window menu choose:  Structure... Modeller (homology) to show the Modeller dialog.  Choose the query as the target and both structures as the template, etc. as in the modeling tutorials.  You may also want to turn on "Use thorough optimization" in the Advanced Options section. I don't know which homology-modeling tutorial you have been using, but here is one:

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry University of California, San Francisco

On Jan 21, 2015, at 2:16 AM, Phan Trong Hoang <hoang at ipk-gatersleben.de> wrote:

> Dear UCSF developers,
> I am Hoang, working in IPK in Germany. I am following your series online tutorials about how to use UCSF Chimera. This program is very useful for me. However, I did not see your video showing how to predict/model the structure of a fusion protein that is made by combination of two known structure proteins in PDB (for example gi|534286646|pdb|4KRN| and gi|390136394|pdb|4DDF|A).
> Is this function available in your software? If yes can you show me how to manipulate with it.
> I would like appreciate it very much
> Thank you for your attention and I am looking forward to hearing from you.
> Best regards
> Hoang Phan

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