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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: x3dna-dssr -h no response
« on: January 15, 2021, 09:53:57 pm »
Hi,

  • The 3DNA suite of programs (up to v2.4) has been superseded by DSSR. See the Overview PDF, especially Section 1.4 DSSR vs. 3DNA vs. SCHNAaP/SCHNArP.
  • DSSR is licensed by Columbia University. It is available only through the website http://innovation.columbia.edu/technologies/CU20391
  • 3DNA v2.4 (along with SCHNAaP/SCHNArP) is still available for downloaded from this Forum, but it is on longer developed/supported.

Hope this helps.

Xiang-Jun

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: DSSR eta-base theta-base
« on: January 09, 2021, 07:19:44 pm »
Hi Cathy,

Happy 2021!

Following your request, I've updated DSSR so that the JSON output for pseudo-torsion angles eta_base and theta_base would be "null" instead of 0.0 when they cannot be calculated. I have also refined DSSR to account for chain breaks while calculating all pseudo torsions.

The updated DSSR (v2.2.1) will be available from the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) website, presumably by early next week. As you may know, DSSR is now licensed by Columbia University.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun



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General discussions (Q&As) / Re: How 3DNA calculate base overlapping?
« on: December 27, 2020, 02:28:29 pm »
Please read the 2003 3DNA paper and the 2015 DSSR paper.

Xiang-Jun

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DNA/RNA-protein interactions (SNAP) / Re: How to download the SNAP code?
« on: December 27, 2020, 02:25:50 pm »
A quick note: SNAP has been integrated into DSSR, as of v2.2, and available for download from CTV.

Xiang-Jun

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FAQs / Re: Where to download x3DNA
« on: December 08, 2020, 05:34:07 pm »
Hi Pawel,

You should now be able to see the Download section.

There is a lag from the time an account is activated to it being granted download access. The rules for registration/download have been tightening up to keep the Forum spam free, and to serve legitimate users only. I have updated the FAQ entry "How to make the best use of the Forum" to make the process more transparent.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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The base/amino-acid pairs identified by SNAP are named pseudo pairs (see doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr452). I have never heard of the term "pi-pair" as used in the your initial message. So I was confused as to what it really means.

Using 1oct as an example, a graphical illustration of the A-gln pseudo-pair (A.DA204 and C.GLN44) is attached. It should be clear that it is indeed like a base pair (H-bonds, coplanar).

Please generate a similar graph of a base/amino-acid stacking interaction and post it back. This way you would better understand the differences between the DSSR output sections on pair vs stack. It also helps other viewers of the thread.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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Hi Takayuki Kimura,

Please clarify your question by providing concrete examples of "pi-stack and pi-pair" in relation to SNAP output.

Thanks,

Xiang-Jun

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DNA/RNA-protein interactions (SNAP) / Re: How to download the SNAP code?
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:57:12 pm »
SNAP can be downloaded from the "Downloads/3DNA download" Section of the 3DNA Forum.

Xiang-Jun

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: 3DNA/DSSR download issue
« on: November 18, 2020, 11:19:09 am »
Hi,

You should be able to see the "Downloads" section now.

As of v2.0, DSSR is licensed by Columbia University, and it is only available from the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) website.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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FAQs / Re: license missing in x3dna-v2.4 file (window version)
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:13:00 pm »
Hi Jianhui,

Thanks for your enquiry about 'missing' the 3DNA-v2.4 license file. There is a long and complicated history regarding the 3DNA software and its licensing. Basically, the 3DNA-v2.4 software package is free for academic use, even though no license file is explicitly distributed with the  tarball.

DSSR 2.0, which has completely replaced 3DNA v2.x, has been formally licensed by Columbia University. See the overview PDF: http://docs.x3dna.org/dssr2-overview.pdf.

3DNA 2.x is no longer supported for 'free' as it used to be for the past decade. A paid DSSR license from Columbia is required for future technical support.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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Hi,

Please provide concrete examples to illustrate unambiguously what you what to achieve.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun


PS. DSSR 2.x (paid version) contains built-in support for the analysis of MD simulations, and advanced features for DNA/RNA modeling. It can also be used to perform sequence-independent search/fitting employing base as well as backbone structures.

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: wDSSR showing invalid ID on a valid PDB ID
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:31:40 am »
Sorry -- wDSSR is no longer supported, as least for now.

If users find 3DNA/DSSR useful and continued support for the project indispensable, you are welcome to make your case/thought publicly in the Forum or sending me email.

See also my response to http://forum.x3dna.org/general-discussions/circular-dna-parameters/.

Xiang-Jun

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General discussions (Q&As) / Re: Circular DNA parameters
« on: October 30, 2020, 03:46:34 pm »
Dear Thor,

Thanks for your insightful questions on building perfectly circular DNAs of various sizes. DNA/RNA modeling is a topic of great significance and there is clearly a lack of practical software tools. I'm interested in developing new modeling features in DSSR, a replacement of the classic 3DNA suite of programs. Nevertheless ...

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Thank you for developing (and maintaining) this collection of beautiful and practical DNA geometry software!
I've enjoyed maintaining 3DNA for nearly two decades. With NIH funding support over the past 9 years, I created DSSR as a replacement of 3DNA v2.x. Alas, I am now out of luck to continuously serve the community for free via NIH funding support, as it used to be.

DSSR is now licensed by Columbia University. Please buy a license if users find 3DNA/DSSR useful and my service valuable. Think in terms of the time/efforts you would otherwise have to spend. Further support and development of DSSR (including customized applications) will be devoted to paid users only -- that's the new normal.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun



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General discussions (Q&As) / Re: blocview.pl
« on: September 30, 2020, 10:25:32 pm »
Within the 3DNA v2.4 distribution, the original Perl blocview script has been removed to avoid conflict with the Ruby script with the same name. The Ruby blocview script is the one to be used within 3DNA v2.0. Since you asked for the long outdated Perl script (no longer supported), I have dug it out -- see the attached file blocview.pl.

Note that DSSR 2.0 has replaced 3DNA v2.4. Specifically, the DSSR --blocview option has completely superseded the functionality of the Ruby blocview script in 3DNA v2.4, plus more advanced features. See the paper "DSSR-enabled innovative schematics of 3D nucleic acid structures with PyMOL" and http://skmatic.x3dna.org.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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Hi,

Thanks for your followup -- it helps clarify previous ambiguities.

In 3DNA, you could perform base mutations without changing backbone geometry using the mutate_bases program. As an example, to mutate U6 to DT, you can do the following:

Code: [Select]
mutate_bases 'chain=A snum=6 m=DT' rna2.pdb mutated-U6DT.pdb
You may mutate all four bases simultaneously. Check mutate_bases -h. You then need to remove O2' atoms manually.

DSSR 2.0 has a much powerful modeling module that supersedes mutate_bases, with many more features.

HTH,

Xiang-Jun


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Please be specific: provide an example so that others can reproduce.

As a reminder, here is a list of items in the "Registration Agreement":

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When posting on the Forum, please abide by the following rules:

0.  Do your homework; read the FAQ and browse the Forum.
1.  Ask your questions on the *public* 3DNA Forum instead of sending
        xiangjun emails or personal messages. Additionally, please note
        that your posts on the 3DNA Forum are in the *public domain*.
2.  Be specific with your questions; provide a minimal, reproducible
        example if possible; use attachments where appropriate.
3.  Respond to requests for clarification. Failure to do so may result in
        delay or no answer to your questions.
4.  Summarize the solution to your problem from a user's perspective
        by providing step-by-step details, for the community's benefit.
5+ Contribute back to the 3DNA project:
        o Report bugs — including typos
        o Make constructive suggestions — anything that can make 3DNA better
        o Answer other users' questions
        o Share your use cases in the "Users' contributions" section

Xiang-Jun

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MD simulations / Re: Failed Downloading MD Ruby Scripts of 3DNA
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:38:01 am »
Hi Moi,

Thanks for sharing your way of applying DSSR to the analysis of MD trajectories. The protocol you described is exactly a DSSR user-case I have in mind. DSSR is not targeted specially for MD simulations, for sure. Yet, DSSR fits pragmatically in most situations involving DNA/RNA structural bioinformatics, by design. The MD community will realize the simplicity and applicability of DSSR: it is just a timing issue (when, but not if).

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Meanwhile, I notice that, when numbering the stems, I guess the program number the stems by their residue number (from 5' to 3'), namely, the helix with smaller resid at 5' side will be numbered first... Is this correct?

Yes. Try DSSR on 1ehz or other examples you are sure of to check this out.

Xiang-Jun

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: Do you provide DSSR 1.* downloads ?
« on: September 15, 2020, 09:39:25 am »
Hi Louis,

Thanks for your inquires on the DSSR 2.0 release and the CTV licensing.

Only the latest DSSR is maintained to make the long-term support of the software simple and sustainable. DSSR 2.0 (and future releases) should be backward compatible: the main new features of DSSR 2.0 are the modeling modules and the professional manual. All DSSR-related issues should be reported on the open 3DNA Forum, unless a support agreement is arranged otherwise.

I have recently received quite a few enquires about the licensing terms on distributing DSSR as part of a pipeline or in a web service/server. CTV is woking on a policy on such usages. Please ask the CTV for an update on DSSR 2.0 licensing.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: How to detect very distorted base pair?
« on: September 13, 2020, 01:34:34 pm »
Hi Honglue,

By default, DSSR does not detect these two base pairs because it fails to identify any H-bond between corresponding bases in each pair. These are the cases where users need pay attention to.

For your own understanding and the benefit of other users, it helps that you create an image for each of these base pairs, marking the distances between presumably H-bonded atoms.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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MD simulations / Re: Unnatural base pair helical parameters
« on: September 10, 2020, 08:18:18 am »
Hi Shaikh,

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Can we apply this method to gromacs trajectory or amber trajectory. Or can we use multiple pdb frames to calculate helical parameters.

Follow my previous response, you should be able to find the answers to these questions. For your own understanding and the benefit of other viewers, please post back what you find.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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MD simulations / Re: Unnatural base pair helical parameters
« on: September 09, 2020, 08:29:51 pm »
Dear Dr. Shaikh,

Based on the PDB files you attached, the 3DNA find_pair program is working as expected with the -p option.

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Do let me know how to calculate base pair parameters including major and minor groove parameters. There was one example in your homepage, but its not working in my case.

You need to run find_pair without the -p option, and feed the base-pairs list to the analyze program, as shown below:

Code: Bash
  1. find_pair onesb_frame1.pdb pairs_list.txt
  2. analyze pairs_list.txt
  3. # or combined as below:
  4. find_pair onesb_frame1.pdb | analyze

You may want to read the 2008 3DNA Nature Protocols paper, and the 2013 JoVE paper. See also the previous thread "Failed Downloading MD Ruby Scripts of 3DNA". You may want to give DSSR 2.0 a try: see the Overview PDF.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun


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MD simulations / Re: Failed Downloading MD Ruby Scripts of 3DNA
« on: September 07, 2020, 10:21:51 am »
Hi Zhengyue,

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Thank you for the detailed information! I got the license from the university last week, and then tried to install and run DSSR.

Glad to hear that you have been able to download and run DSSR successfully.

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Unluckily, I noticed from the manual that DSSR only support PDB and mmCIF format... while my MD trajectories are millisecond-level netCDF file...while my MD trajectories are millisecond-level netCDF file... If I convert the trajectory to PDB files, it would be over 30 GB... So I cannot continue with it.

As noted explicitly in the DSSR manual, it is a deliberate decision to support only the standard .pdb and .cif formats. I am not a practitioner of MD simulations. Presumably, any decent MD packages should have a way to convert its proprietary binary format to one of the two standard ones. Large converted file size (30GB in your case) is indeed a technical issue. DSSR may not be a straightforward solution to your case yet. If you find a solution elsewhere OR come up with one of your own, please post back so other viewers of the thread can benefit from your experience.

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As for my motivation to use 3DNA, I started working on Holliday Junction (HJ, a kind of DNA structure with four strands forming two helices, and two of the strands are shared by the two helices) recently by computational methods. Usually, the HJ conformation can be described by directions of helices. I hope that I can use the definition in 3DNA to describe the helix vectors so that I can see how those confirmations were sampled during the simulation (I failed to deal with it with cpptraj). Also, I want to monitor the base-pair H-bond along the helices during the simulation. Although cpptraj can solve it but this work is quite tedious:(

So it seems that 3DNA/DSSR  does have something unique to offer. Could you provide a small, typical example file to illustrate unambiguously what you want to achieve using 3DNA manually, and how it it solved with cpptraj?

To me, file size is only a technical issue. If DSSR 2.0 can indeed offer features not (easily) available elsewhere, save MD practitioners large amount of time, THEN I'd like to come up with a practical SOLUTION. I need a compelling case to be made. Otherwise, what's the point, why bother?

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I also read some literatures and 3DNA and Curves+ are the only methods mentioned by those authors...(

3DNA and Curves+ have complementary features. Specifically, Curves+ has more parameters for quantifying groove dimensions and helix curvatures, and better/integrated support for MD simulations than 3DNA. You may ask "those authors" how 3DNA and Curves+ were used in their cases. See my blogposts:

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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RNA structures (DSSR) / Re: 3DNA/DSSR download issue
« on: September 07, 2020, 10:20:34 am »
Hi,

Thanks for your interest in using DSSR 2.0, and for posting the questions on the 3DNA Forum. Without details, however, I cannot offer further help.

DSSR v2.0 is licensed by Columbia University, and it is only available from the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) website. From what I heard, the CTV has been responsive to legitimate requests for the three types of DSSR licenses.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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MD simulations / Re: Failed Downloading MD Ruby Scripts of 3DNA
« on: September 04, 2020, 10:43:54 am »
Hi Moi,

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Considering the microsecond-level AMBER trajectories and the situation of 3DNA, I finally asked the license of DSSR. I am still waiting for their response:)

Yes, DSSR 2.0 is the way to go. See the overview PDF.

Please let me know if you still do not hear back from CTV by early next week.

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Hopefully, DSSR can solve my problem, I would like to try it and then have feedback here.

I am curious to know why do you want to use 3DNA/DSSR for the analysis of MD trajectories? Aren't there already dedicated tools (e.g., AMBER: CPPTRAJ) that *should* do the job, conveniently? In other words, what are still missing in those ready-to-use tools? I may be interested in extending MD analysis features in DSSR 2.0, ONLY IF justified by real-world applications.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun


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MD simulations / Re: Failed Downloading MD Ruby Scripts of 3DNA
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:15:15 pm »
Hi Moi,

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I am new to 3DNA and would like to use 3DNA for my MD trajectory analysis. So far, I have installed the standard 3DNA v2.4 and know that MD Ruby scripts and do_x3dna are two options for me.

Thanks for your interest in using 3DNA and for posting on the 3DNA Forum. The Ruby scripts distributed with 3DNA v2.4 may be appropriate for the analysis of an NMR ensemble in the PDB or short snapshot of MD trajectory. Check $X3DNA/bin/x3dna_ensemble script and $X3DNA/examples/ensemble.

"do_x3dna" is a third-party tool based on 3DNA. As far as I know, the "do_x3dna" project is no longer supported. Search the 3DNA Forum may give you some info.

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However, I got a problem on entering  http://3dna.rutgers.edu:8080/data/x3dna_md_v0.1.tar.gz website. The browser said "this site cannot be reached". I further tested 3dna.rutgers.edu website and it still failed. Is it a problem of the server?

The 3dna.rutgers.edu server is hosted by Rutgers University. You may get any information on it from Dr. Wilma Olson. I have nothing more to offer on this matter.

You may try DSSR with the --nmr and --json options for MD analysis. As noted recently in the announcement post "DSSR 2.0 is licensed by Columbia University", "DSSR 2.0 supersedes 3DNA 2.4, which is still maintained but no additional features other than bug fixes are scheduled."

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun

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The Bussemaker Laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University.