[phenixbb] Refine only selective chains in a complex using phenix.real_space_refine

Pavel Afonine pafonine at lbl.gov
Tue Nov 29 06:46:11 PST 2016

Hi Tofayel,

> Is it possible using phenix.real_space_refine to locally refine a 
> protein or RNA chain (against a cryo-EM map) which is part of a big 
> complex.

no, sorry. Options:

1) Create PDB file that contains only parts of the model that you want 
to refine and supply that to phenix.real_space_refine. This may work 
just fine but dangers are that refined part of the model may clash with 
the one that is not refined

2) Refine entire model restraining positions of selected atoms to their 
initial coordinates.

> During the run, I would like to keep most of my complex constant in 
> space except neighboring one or two protein/RNA molecules which I 
> would like to see getting adjusted to remove clashes. I am using the 
> program through command-line.

I can see how this may be useful and I will add this functionality to 

Just out of curiosity: why you want to keep some parts of the model fixed?


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