Coiled-Coil Protein Origami Design platform
CoCoPOD is capable of designing amino-acid sequences and building 3D models for arbitrary polyhedral meshes constructed from a single polypeptide chain. The edges of the polyhedron are realized as coiled-coil dimer building modules. The design strategy consists of several steps:
- Specifying the polyhedral geometry
- Routing the chain
- Selecting the optimal topology and circular permutation
- Selecting the building modules from the CC toolkit
- Building the 3D model
- Refining/validating the models via folding simulations
CoCoPOD performs the first five steps of the design process. Scripts are provided for automatic execution of all the steps, for maximum flexibility the package functionality is also available from python code.
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Two full examples are provided in the examples subfolder.
APHsh is centered on building models and also serves as an integration test. An antiparallel APH segment is built The second
To run the program user needs to provide an input file (
make_config.py) containing information on the sequence of the protein origami design. The input consists of four sections:
- model_name, specifying the name of the protein origami design
- annotated_sequence, where the sequence is broke down into individual CC segments and linkers, for every CC segment a name should be provided
- pairs_info, in this section segment pairing is specified. For every pair the orientation (A for antiparallel and P for parallel) of the CC dimer should be provided, along with the name of CC dimer structure template file and name of the chains in the model structure.
An example of the input file can be found under examples/APHsh/make_config.py. Two APH segments are connected by a linker forming a covalently linked CC dimer. The models can be built and viewed by by typing in the terminal
cd cocopod/examples/APHsh doit N_fold=1 N_homology=3 chimera */03-*.pdb
N_fold is the number of independent folding simulations and
N_homology the number of independent homology refinements of each folding simulation. The final number of models built thus equals
The TET example contains a complete tutorial on designing protein origami polyhedral. The tutorial is presented in the from of a python notebook. The demonstrated steps include loading a geometry (ply) file, enumerating all the typologies and circular permutations, choosing the best topology and constructing and evaluating 3D models. The notebook can be opened by:
cd cocopod/examples/TET jupyter notebook TET.ipynb
Several video tutorials (screen casts) demonstrate how to effectively use CoCoPOD:
Using the Anaconda python distribution is recommended as it simplifies installing further dependencies. Miniconda also works nicely. Git for windows is also recommended. Dependencies can be installed by running:
conda install numpy scipy pandas ipython ipython-notebook ipywidgets pyyaml xlrd biopython #set the modeller liscence key export KEY_MODELLER=XXXX conda install -c salilab modeller conda install -c omnia mdtraj pip install plyfile doit #not available in conda
respectively. Chimera has to be installed separately. Chimera must be available on the system path. Note: Currently there are some problems installing Modeller via conda on windows. In case of problems use the standalone installer.
CoCoPOD is available on github. The files can be cloned to any location. To install the package run:
git clone https://github.com/NIC-SBI/protein_origami.git cocopod cd cocopod python setup.py develop
Alternatively a zip file can be download, extracted and installed with
python setup.py develop.
##Dependencies The package requires Python 2.7 or Python 3.3+ with numpy and pandas and works on Windows and Linux. On Windows a bash enviorment is recommended and can be obtained by installing git for windows.
- Snakemake (only python 3+)
- Numpy, Scipy, pandas, ipython, ipywidgets
Installation can be tested by executing
py.test, which checks if core modules of the software are working appropriately and all dependencies have been installed.
conda install pytest cd cocopod py.test