Visualizing delphi

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Tutorial on visualizing Delphi and understanding electrostatic scoring in DOCK 3.

  1. Open the pdb and phi files in PyMOL

In a normal DOCK run, this can be done by typing the following in the PyMOL command window:

cd ~/directory/
load rec.pdb
load grids/rec+sph.phi
  1. go to the apbs tools plugin under the plugin menu
Apbs tools.png
  1. go to the visualization tab
  1. display the potentials at a certain kT value

For each kind of surface (Positive or Negative) you can set the value at which the isosurface will be drawn at. The following example is for 10 and -10:


This means that anywhere at this surface, the potential for a charged atom can be calculated as 10*charge (and roughly *0.6 to convert to kcal/mol instead of kT). Of course this is relatively meaningless over the whole protein, what really matters is near the binding site where ligands will be docked.

After loading the crystal structure ligand and zooming on it and changing the potentials to 50 and -50 you get the following:


Looking at the binding site, you can see that one part of the binding site has a very strong potential, the scoring function's desire to place the correctly charged ligands here is very strong.