DOCK 3.7 2015/04/15 abl1 Tutorial

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This tutoral use the 3.7.2 beta version of dock release on XXX.

This is for a Linux environment and the scripts assume that you are running on SGE queueing system.

set up directories and get databases

Create directory called "RotationProject"

create a python file called ""

# this gets the database from the autodude webpage

import sys, os
import urllib

system = 'abl1'
url = ''

print "url = " + url


webfile = urllib.urlopen(url)
page    =


for line in splitpage:
   if system in line: 
      file = line.replace('"',' ').split()[2]
      print url+file

     # exit()

This python script will download the dockable db2 databases from the autodude webpage.

python /mnt/nfs/home/rstein/RotationProject/ 

make a subdirectory called databases:

mkdir databases

go inside.

cd databases

make directories for ligands and decoys and move the corresponding files into those directories

mkdir decoys 
mv decoys*db2.gz decoys
mkdir ligands 
mv ligands*db2.gz ligands

download the ligand and decoy isomeric smiles file:

mv decoys_final.ism decoys.ism

note that the scripts expect the name to be decoys.ism, so we changed the name.

mv actives_final.ism ligands.ism


creat the following cshell script 0001.be_balsti_py.csh.


# this script calls which creates a receptor and ligand file from a (list of) pdbcode(s).

# msms is a molecular surface generation program needed for to run
# which is put in your path
set path = ( /nfs/home/tbalius/zzz.programs/msms $path )
# you will need to have msms on you system.   

set list = "2HYY" # or use `cat filename` to list your pdb codes here from a text file like pdblist_rat, to loop over each variable (pdb code) later
#set list = `cat $1`
#set list = `cat /nfs/work/users/tbalius/VDR/Enrichment/pdblist_rat `

# CHANGE THIS, according to where the magic is going to happen
#set mountdir = "/mnt/nfs/work/users/tbalius/VDR/"
set mountdir = `pwd` 

# loop over pdbnames e.g. 1DB1 or list
foreach pdbname ( $list )

echo " ${pdbname} "

# for each pdb makes a directory with its name
set workdir = ${mountdir}/${pdbname}

## so you don't blow away stuff; continue means STOP here and continue with next pdb from list
if ( -s $workdir ) then
   echo "$workdir exits"

  mkdir -p ${workdir}
  cd ${workdir}

# the atom type definition is needed for msms which is sym-linked into the cwd
  ln -s /nfs/home/tbalius/zzz.programs/msms/atmtypenumbers .
# carbs are disregarded as ligands! if it is: carbohydrate instead of nocarbohydrate
# renumber renumbers the residue number
  python $DOCKBASE/proteins/pdb_breaker/ --pdbcode $pdbname nocarbohydrate original_numbers | tee -a pdbinfo_using_biopython.log

# error checking looks for receptor and ligand file which should be produced by
  if !(-s rec.pdb) then
      echo "rec.pdb is not found"

  mv rec.pdb temp.pdb
  grep -v TER temp.pdb | grep -v END  > rec.pdb

  rm temp.pdb

# produces peptide which may be used as a ligand if no other ligand is produced
  if (-s lig.pdb) then
     sed -e "s/HETATM/ATOM  /g" lig.pdb > xtal-lig.pdb
  else if (-s pep.pdb) then ## if no ligand and peptide
     sed -e "s/HETATM/ATOM  /g" pep.pdb > xtal-lig.pdb
     echo "Warning: No ligand or peptid."

end # system

running 0001.be_balsti_py.csh will run a script that come with dock call be_blasti. And it will do the following

  1. download the pdb file from the web,
  2. break the file into rec and ligand componates

Note that you will need to have msms on you system. get msms

check to make sure that the right ligand was selected and the the residue is not missing anything of importants. If this automatic procigure has not perpared these files correctly then modify them.

Visulize them with chimera or an alternive visulazation program like pymol.

cd 2HYY
chimera rec.pdb lig.pdb
1FJS the receptor and ligand generated from


run enrichment calucaltions