DOCK 3.7 tutorial based on Webinar 2017/06/28

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Scenario 1: Use docking to predicted how Erlotinib (an approved drug) binds to the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor

Search for Your Molecule in ZINC, Get Files for Docking from ZINC

Get the link from the zinc webpage and us wget to download:


Put the path of the downloaded database into the split database index file (this file usually contain many db2 file):

ls /path/tutorial_for_webinar/dock3.7/209168955.db2.gz > ligands.sdi

Get the receptor structure from the PDB website

wget --no-check-certificate
Break Xtal into Receptor and Ligand Files

You may use a program like Chimera for this

Receptor file must be called: rec.pdb

Ligand file: xtal-lig.pdb

What if the crystal does not have a ligand:

Place atoms in the site were you want to dock. One way is to run sphgen and selecting spheres near residues in the site convert to pdb

Make the recptor file (remove alternative side chains):

grep "^ATOM" 1M17.pdb | grep -v ^................B > rec.pdb

Make ligand file:

grep AQ4 1M17.pdb | sed -e 's/HETATM/ATOM  /g' > xtal-lig.pdb

Run blastermaster: input rec.pdb, xtal-lig.pdb and makes all receptor file need for docking.

python $DOCKBASE/proteins/blastermaster/ --addhOptions=" -HIS -FLIPs "  -v

This command may take several minutes to run.

Here are the files that are produce:

 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks 3163 Jun 17 12:27 INDOCK
 total 30388
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks  1206051 Jun 17 12:27 ligand.desolv.heavy
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks  1206051 Jun 17 12:27 ligand.desolv.hydrogen
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks     3376 Jun 17 12:27 matching_spheres.sph
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks   908086 Jun 17 12:27 trim.electrostatics.phi
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks  3121095 Jun 17 12:27 vdw.bmp
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks     1653 Jun 17 12:27 vdw.parms.amb.mindock
 -rw-r--r--. 1 tbalius bks 24660016 Jun 17 12:27 vdw.vdw