[Chimera-users] Creating maps from models for map/model FSC calculations

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Thu May 26 11:26:58 PDT 2016

Hi Ardan,

  Sounds like you want the molmap calculated map to have a grid that exactly matches a second map which is a cube centered on the molecule.  The way to do that is compute the molmap in the normal way then use “vop resample” to interpolate the molmap map on exactly the grid of the second map.  This is more reliable than trying to figure out the molecule center and make a matching cube map without using the second map.  I can think of at least 3 reasonable ways to define the center (equal weighted atoms, mass weighted atoms, bounding box center) and it is just too easy to get a grid that doesn’t really match the second map.  So if #0 is your molecule and #1 is your second map use

	molmap #0 5 gridSpacing 1.3 model #2
	vop resample #2 onGrid #1 model #3

then map #3 will exactly match the grid of map #1.  The interpolation is trilinear (using nearest 8 grid points) and will be very close to the exact values you would obtain by using the second map grid to sum the atom Gaussians.  If you really want the exact sum of Gaussians on the second map grid with no interpolation step I can give you a Chimera Python script that will do that.


> On May 26, 2016, at 12:43 AM, Ardan Patwardhan  wrote:
> Dear all
> We are using Chimera to align PDB models to maps, then creating maps from the models using the following command (as an example):
> molmap #0 5 gridSpacing 1.3
> This should create a map with the voxel spacing of 1.3A and a gaussian atom spread function with the width related to 5A resolution (https://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/midas/molmap.html <https://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/midas/molmap.html>).
> Our problem is
> a) the map that is created can have an arbitrary size - we need it to be cubic and have the same (known) dimensions as the second map against which it will be compared
> b) we have tried padding it in other programs like bsoft but then we sometimes run into problems of centring the model.
> I was wondering if there was a way to get a centred map of a certain size from a model directly from Chimera?
> Perhaps there are certain parameters that can be used in molmap?
> You thoughts and advice on this issue are much appreciated!
> Many thanks and best wishes
> Ardan Patwardhan
> Coordinator - cellular structure & PDBe production
> Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe)
> European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) European Molecular Biology Laboratory
> Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
> Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD
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