Interface Analysis

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Description

The Interface module integrated in biopython provides an easy and friendly way to extract and analyse interface from PDB complexes. Different information are calculated and provided with the extraction of the interface: - polar/apolar/charged residues distribution - buried surface area

Developed during the Google Summer of Code 2011 by Mikael Trellet, this module is still not available in the official repository of Biopython. Nevertheless you can find the code (open-source) at the current link: GitHub source In order to be relevant and complete, the Interface module works in parallel with extended residues, a subclass of residue created during the same period and also available at the previous link.

Requirements

The main part of the Interface analysis module requires only a stable installation of Biopython and python 2.7. A more precise definition of the interface can be done using the NACCESS module present in Biopython but require a stable version of Naccess (available in NACCESS).

How to use

Initialization

Extraction of an interface is done from a complex PDB

from Bio.PDB import InterfaceBuilder

parser=PDBParser()
structure=parser.get_structure('test', '/home/directory/of/your/PDB/test.pdb')

Then the extraction of the interface is done in only one line

interface=InterfaceBuilder.InterfaceBuilder(structure[0]).get_interface()

From the Interface object some function and information are included

  • Get chains
chains=interface.get_chains()
for c in chains:
  print c
  • Add a residue
interface.add(structure[0]['A'][24])
  • Get secondary structure distribution
ss=interface.secondary_structure

Further own calculations

Several statistics and information can be calculated from a single interface

  • Polarity statistics
percent=interface.calculate_polarity()
  • Set up a dictionary of neighbors for each residues of the Interface
neighbors=interface.set_neighbors()
  • Calculate accessibility of Interface and the complex
access=interface.calculate_accessibility()

Comparison of 2 interfaces

In order to compare 2 interfaces, so indirectly 2 complexes, few calculations can be done

  • Root Mean Square Deviation
rmsd=interface.rmsd(interface2)
  • Fraction of Common Contacts
fcc=interface.fcc(interface2)
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