[phenixbb] Real space refine of long side chains

Leonid Sazanov sazanov at ist.ac.at
Tue Nov 26 03:55:27 PST 2019


We have addressed exactly this problem by writing a script, in which 
B-factors are refined first and only then real-space refinement happens.

This allows disordered side-chains to acquire high B-factors and so they 
are not pulled into backbone anymore.

This cycle is repeated twice to achieve convergence.

Parameters for B-factor refinement (ADP restrains) were optimized to 
account for consistent lack of density for acidic side chains in cryoEM.

It is described in: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31492636

If needed, I can send a script.



Prof. Leonid Sazanov FRS
IST Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

Phone: +43 2243 9000 3026
E-mail: sazanov at ist.ac.at

Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:11:16 +0000
From: Luca Pellegrini <lp212 at cam.ac.uk>
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Subject: [phenixbb] Real space refine of long side chains
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I have noticed that real-space refinement in cryoEM maps has a tendency 
to pull long disordered side chains (Lys, Glu etc) back towards main 
chain density, resulting in unrealistic hairpin-like bent conformations. 
Is there a way to counter or moderate this behaviour? It would save me 
from having to manually straighten them all out again afterwards...

Best wishes,

Luca Pellegrini, PhD
Department of Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1GA
United Kingdom

lp212 at cam.ac.uk
tel.: 0044 1223 760469

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