[Chimera-users] Creating a single pdb file from multiple pdb files

Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E] darrellh at niaid.nih.gov
Tue Jan 24 09:47:27 PST 2012

Hi there,

I've just been doing this myself. In general, it is not a good idea to
average structures for analysis, but I'm doing it for illustrative

I followed the lead on this page:

I use VMD to create an "averaged" structure, but the geometry of side
chains sometimes get messed up. So after doing the VMD thing, I run a
Rosetta "idealize":

Once you have everything set up, the calculations take only a few minutes.

Maybe that will help someone!


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On 1/24/12 11:50 AM, "Elaine Meng" <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:

>Hi Steven,
>Sorry, currently there is nothing in Chimera to calculate average
>structures.  Chimera's "Ensemble Cluster" tool will identify clusters and
>representative structures from ensembles (where each structure has the
>same atoms, just different coordinates), but it doesn't calculate
>I was looking at the chimera-users list archive on this topic and saw
>that somebody had recommended the following:
>I haven't tried it, however.  Best,
>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 24, 2012, at 3:27 AM, Steven Bottomley wrote:
>> Hi 
>> It is possible to create a single (preferably weighted) protein
>>structure (pdb file) from two or more related protein structures (pdb
>>files)? I guess that this would be something like creating a single
>>(weighted average) of NMR ensemble structures but using any chosen pdb
>>file. Thanks for any help!
>> Regards
>> Steven
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>Chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu

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