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[Solved] Docking in metalloprotease (Zinc problem)

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[Solved] Docking in metalloprotease (Zinc problem)

Hi, I'm a recent user of PyRosetta and because of this I'm having some problems with it. I'm trying to dock some peptides in a metalloprotease, and I want to keep the zinc in the active site.
I tried to use the script "" as it's in the manual, but the script can't find the libraries.

>>>Traceback (most recent call last):
>>> File "./", line 25, in
>>> from import *
>>>ImportError: No module named

I searched for similar libraries, but I didn't find them.

Could I solve this? Is there another method to load the zinc?


José Geraldo de Carvalho Pereira
Master Student of Molecular Biology - Bioinformatics
University of Campinas, Brazil

Wed, 2010-01-20 16:04

There are two ways to incorporate Zinc into the PDB file.

1)edit the line in the PDB file with Zinc by changing 'HETATM' to 'ATOM' and the atom name to "Zn2p". You can see the parameters for Zinc in /minirosetta_database/chemical/atom_type_sets/fa_standard/atom_properties.txt

2) use the script as you tried to use. In the ligand_docking script download on the website (, you can find the rosetta_py folder which contains the necessary library to run the script. See the readme in that zip file for more information on using the script.

Wed, 2010-02-03 19:09


Sorry, #1 in the previous post was incorrect, the atom name should be "ZN", not "Zn2p" (see /minirosetta_database/chemical/residue_type_sets/fa_standard/metal_ions/ZN.params)

Also make sure that you make the Zn residue a separate chain, as it is not part of a polypeptide chain (for example, designate it chain 'X').

Here's an example of a Rosetta-friendly Zn in PDB format:

ATOM 1598 ZN ZN X 400 13.611 16.296 24.802 1.00 26.91 ZN

Thu, 2010-02-04 10:13

I'm having some trouble with the method #1, above.
I still get the unrecognized aa error, but loading the ZN.params in my params list produces the "names must be unique" error. The line for Zn in the .pdb is just like the example (but different atom number, etc. of course).

Sat, 2010-02-06 19:05