[phenixbb] Defining an Intermolecular link

Ryan Timothy Vanderlinden r.vanderlinden at biochem.utah.edu
Wed Jan 19 09:26:25 PST 2011


I am working on a complex of three molecules in which, I believe, there is a covalent bond between the sulfur atom of a cysteine on molecule "A" and the c-terminal carbon of molecule "C". There are other structures deposited that have a similar linkage. I have looked at these structures and included a replica description of the supposed link in my input pdb file for refinement. I have redefined this c-terminal residue as a ligand and used phenix elbow do create a .cif file for it. Even when I use the modified pdb file that describes the linkage and the cif file that describes the ligand, the intermolecular link falls apart and the ligand (c-terminal amino acid) separates from the rest of the chain. The resulting mtz file still shows density (2Fo-Fc) supporting the link but the ligand is not in the density. The fact that the ligand moves away from where I would expect it is evidence that modeling the intermolecular linkage is really incorrect or I have not included all the proper files to define this linkage and hold it together during refinement. What are all the necessary files required hold an intermolecular linkage of this nature together during refinement? Are there certain commands that I might be leaving out from my refine script that are necessary to recognize such linkages?

Thanks in advance, 

Ryan VanderLinden
University of Utah

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