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w3DNA -- web interface to 3DNA / Re: Base pair in 3LZ0 not recognised
« on: June 16, 2020, 07:12:24 am »
Dear Xiang-Jun,

thanks a lot for the useful link!

After installing 3DNA and tweaking the parameter file the missing base-pair is recognised!

Thanks a lot again,


w3DNA -- web interface to 3DNA / Base pair in 3LZ0 not recognised
« on: June 15, 2020, 01:04:37 pm »
Dear Xiangjun,

I'm trying to analyse the above structure (PDB 3LZ0) of a nucleosome core particle using w3DNA.

The structure contains 145bp of dsDNA. The two strands are designated chain I and J and numbered from -72 to 72 (including 0).

Under the first heading "Base Sequence" the 145bp sequence is reported correctly.

In all subsequent columns (Base-pair Identity etc.), however, base pair I:47/J:-47 is missing. Instead I:46/J-46 (Pair ID 119) is followed directly by I:48/J-48 (Pair ID 120). At this position no base-pair step parameters are reported:

Step ID   Step   Pair ID1   Pair ID2   Shift   Slide   Rise   Tilt   Roll   Twist   Context1   Context2
119   AG/CT   119      120      ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   CAGC      GCTG

I suspect the pdb-file is somehow misformated at this position but cannot detect any problem by visual inspection. The base pair is also correctly displayed in pymol or Chimera, and even in the JSmol 3D View on the results page it is clearly there. I tried loading and re-saving the pdb with various editors, deleting heteroatoms and various other things, but that all did not fix the problem.

I wondered if you could have a look at the file and see if you can find the problem.

Your help would be much appreciated.



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