# Structure analysis

## Superposition

Gemmi includes the QCP method (Liu P, Agrafiotis DK, & Theobald DL, 2010) for superposing two lists of points in 3D. The C++ function `superpose_positions()` takes two arrays of positions and an optional array of weights. Before applying this function to chains it is necessary to determine pairs of corresponding atoms. Here, as a minimal example, we superpose backbone of the third residue:

```>>> model = gemmi.read_structure('../tests/4oz7.pdb')
>>> res1 = model['A']
>>> res2 = model['B']
>>> atoms = ['N', 'CA', 'C', 'O']
>>> gemmi.superpose_positions([res1.sole_atom(a).pos for a in atoms],
...                           [res2.sole_atom(a).pos for a in atoms])
<gemmi.SupResult object at 0x...>
>>> _.rmsd
0.006558389527590043
```

To make it easier, we also have a higher-level function `calculate_superposition()` that operates on `ResidueSpan`s. This function first performs the sequence alignment. Then the matching residues are superposed, using either all atoms in both residues, or only Cα atoms (for peptides) and P atoms (for nucleotides). Atoms that don’t have counterparts in the other span are skipped. The returned object (SupResult) contains RMSD and the transformation (rotation matrix + translation vector) that superposes the second span onto the first one.

Note that RMSD can be defined in two ways: the sum of squared deviations is divided either by 3N (PyMOL) or by N (SciPy). QCP (and gemmi) returns the former. To get the latter multiply it by √3.

Here is a usage example:

```>>> model = gemmi.read_structure('../tests/4oz7.pdb')
>>> polymer1 = model['A'].get_polymer()
>>> polymer2 = model['B'].get_polymer()
>>> ptype = polymer1.check_polymer_type()
>>> sup = gemmi.calculate_superposition(polymer1, polymer2, ptype, gemmi.SupSelect.CaP)
>>> sup.count  # number of atoms used
10
>>> sup.rmsd
0.1462689168993659
>>> sup.transform.mat
<gemmi.Mat33 [-0.0271652, 0.995789, 0.0875545]
[0.996396, 0.034014, -0.0777057]
[-0.0803566, 0.085128, -0.993124]>
>>> sup.transform.vec
<gemmi.Vec3(-17.764, 16.9915, -1.77262)>
```

The arguments to `calculate_superposition()` are:

• two `ResidueSpan`s,

• polymer type (to avoid determining it when it’s already known). The information whether it’s protein or nucleic acid is used during sequence alignment (to detect gaps between residues in the polymer – it helps in rare cases when the sequence alignment alone is ambiguous), and it decides whether to use Cα or P atoms (see the next point),

• atom selection: one of `SupSelect.CaP` (only Cα or P atoms), `SupSelect.MainChain` or `SupSelect.All` (all atoms),

• (optionally) altloc – the conformer choice. By default, atoms with non-blank altloc are ignored. With altloc=’A’, only the A conformer is considered (atoms with altloc either blank or A). Etc.

• (optionally) trim_cycles (default: 0) – maximum number of outlier rejection cycles. This option was inspired by the align command in PyMOL.

```>>> sr = gemmi.calculate_superposition(polymer1, polymer2, ptype,
...                                    gemmi.SupSelect.All, trim_cycles=5)
>>> sr.count
73
>>> sr.rmsd
0.18315488879658484
```
• (optionally) trim_cutoff (default: 2.0) – outlier rejection cutoff in RMSD,

To calculate current RMSD between atoms (without superposition) use function `calculate_current_rmsd()` that takes the same arguments except the ones for trimming:

```>>> gemmi.calculate_current_rmsd(polymer1, polymer2, ptype, gemmi.SupSelect.CaP).rmsd
19.660883858565462
```

The calculated superposition can be applied to a span of residues, changing the atomic positions in-place:

```>>> polymer2.sole_atom('CB')  # before
<gemmi.Atom CB at (-30.3, -10.6, -11.6)>
>>> polymer2.sole_atom('CB')  # after
<gemmi.Atom CB at (-28.5, -12.6, 11.2)>
>>> # it is now nearby the corresponding atom in chain A:
>>> polymer1.sole_atom('CB')
<gemmi.Atom CB at (-28.6, -12.7, 11.3)>
```

## Selections

Gemmi selection syntax is based on the selection syntax from MMDB, which is sometimes called CID (Coordinate ID). The MMDB syntax is described at the bottom of the pdbcur documentation.

The selection has a form of slash-separated parts: /models/chains/residues/atoms. Leading and trailing parts can be omitted when it’s not ambiguous. An empty field means that all items match, with two exceptions. The empty chain part (e.g. `/1//`) matches only a chain without an ID (blank chainID in the PDB format; not spec-conformant, but possible in working files). The empty altloc (examples will follow) matches atoms with a blank altLoc field. Gemmi (but not MMDB) can take additional properties added at the end after a semicolon (;).

Let us go through the individual filters first:

• `/1` – selects model 1 (if the PDB file doesn’t have MODEL records, it is assumed that the only model is model 1).

• `//D` (or just `D`) – selects chain D.

• `//*/10-30` (or `10-30`) – residues with sequence IDs from 10 to 30.

• `//*/10A-30A` (or `10A-30A` or `///10.A-30.A` or `10.A-30.A`) – sequence ID can include insertion code. The MMDB syntax has dot between sequence sequence number and insertion code. In Gemmi the dot is optional.

• `//*/(ALA)` (or `(ALA)`) – selects residues with a given name.

• `//*//CB` (or `CB:*` or `CB[*]`) – selects atoms with a given name.

• `//*//[P]` (or just `[P]`) – selects phosphorus atoms.

• `//*//:B` (or `:B`) – selects atoms with altloc B.

• `//*//:` (or `:`) – selects atoms without altloc.

• `//*//;q<0.5` (or `;q<0.5`) – selects atoms with occupancy below 0.5 (inspired by PyMOL, where it’d be `q<0.5`).

• `//*//;b>40` (or `;b>40`) – selects atoms with isotropic B-factor above a given value.

• `;polymer` or `;solvent` – selects polymer or solvent residues (if the PDB file doesn’t have TER records, call setup_entities() first).

• `*` – selects all atoms.

The syntax supports also comma-separated lists and negations with `!`:

• `(!ALA)` – all residues but alanine,

• `[C,N,O]` – all C, N and O atoms,

• `[!C,N,O]` – all atoms except C, N and O,

• `:,A` – altloc either empty or A (which makes one conformation),

• `/1/A,B/20-40/CA[C]:,A` – multiple selection criteria, all of them must be fulfilled.

• `(CYS);!polymer` – select cysteine ligands

Incompatibility with MMDB. In MMDB, if the chemical element is specified (e.g. `[C]` or `[*]`), the alternative location indicator defaults to “” (no altloc), rather than to “*” (any altloc). This might be surprising. In Gemmi, if ‘:’ is absent the altloc is not checked (“*”).

Note: the selections in Gemmi are not widely used yet and the API may evolve.

A selection is a standalone object with a list of filters that can be applied to any Structure, Model or its part. Empty selection matches all atoms:

```>>> sel = gemmi.Selection()  # empty - no filters
```

Selection initialized with a string:

```>>> sel = gemmi.Selection('A/1-4/N9')
```

parses the string and creates filters corresponding to each part of the selection, which can then be used to iterate over the selected items in the hierarchy:

```>>> st = gemmi.read_structure('../tests/1pfe.cif.gz')
>>> for model in sel.models(st):
...     print('Model', model.name)
...     for chain in sel.chains(model):
...         print('-', chain.name)
...         for residue in sel.residues(chain):
...             print('   -', str(residue))
...             for atom in sel.atoms(residue):
...                 print('          -', atom.name)
...
Model 1
- A
- 1(DG)
- N9
- 2(DC)
- 3(DG)
- N9
- 4(DT)
```

Function `str()` creates a CID string from the selection:

```>>> sel.str()
'//A/1.-4./N9'
```

A helper function `first()` returns the first matching atom:

```>>> # find the first Cl atom - returns model and CRA (chain, residue, atom)
>>> gemmi.Selection('[CL]').first(st)
(<gemmi.Model 1 with 2 chain(s)>, <gemmi.CRA A/CL 20/CL>)
```

Selection can be used to create a new structure (or model) with a copy of the selected parts. In this example, we copy alpha-carbon atoms:

```>>> st = gemmi.read_structure('../tests/1orc.pdb')
>>> st.count_atom_sites()
559
>>> selection = gemmi.Selection('CA[C]')

>>> # create a new structure
>>> ca_st = selection.copy_structure_selection(st)
>>> ca_st.count_atom_sites()
64

>>> # create a new model
>>> ca_model = selection.copy_model_selection(st)
>>> ca_model.count_atom_sites()
64
```

Selection can also be used to remove atoms. Here, we remove atoms with a B-factor above 50:

```>>> sel = gemmi.Selection(';b>50')
>>> sel.remove_selected(ca_st)
>>> ca_st.count_atom_sites()
61
>>> sel.remove_selected(ca_model)
>>> ca_model.count_atom_sites()
61
```

We can also do the opposite and remove atoms that are not selected:

```>>> sel.remove_not_selected(ca_model)
>>> ca_model.count_atom_sites()
0
```

Previously, we introduced a couple functions that take selection as an argument. As an example, we can use one of them to count heavy atoms in polymers:

```>>> st.count_occupancies(gemmi.Selection('[!H,D];polymer'))
496.0
```

Each residue and atom has a flag that can be set manually and used to create a selection. In the following example we select residues in the radius of 8Å from a selected point:

```>>> selected_point = gemmi.Position(20, 40, 30)
>>> ns = gemmi.NeighborSearch(st, st.cell, 8.0).populate()
>>> # First, a flag is set for neighbouring residues.
>>> for mark in ns.find_atoms(selected_point):
...     mark.to_cra(st).residue.flag = 's'
>>> # Then, we select residues with this flag.
>>> selection = gemmi.Selection().set_residue_flags('s')
>>> # Next, we can use this selection.
>>> selection.copy_model_selection(st).count_atom_sites()
121
```

Note: NeighborSearch searches for atoms in all symmetry images. This is why it takes UnitCell as a parameter. To search only in atoms directly listed in the file pass empty cell (`gemmi.UnitCell()`).

Instead of the whole residues, we can select atoms. Here, we select atoms in the radius of 8Å from a selected point:

```>>> # selected_point and ns are reused from the previous example
>>> # First, a flag is set for neighbouring atoms.
>>> for mark in ns.find_atoms(selected_point):
...     mark.to_cra(st).atom.flag = 's'
>>> # Then, we select atoms with this flag.
>>> selection = gemmi.Selection().set_atom_flags('s')
>>> # Next, we can use this selection.
>>> selection.copy_model_selection(st).count_atom_sites()
59
```

## Graph analysis

The graph algorithms in Gemmi are limited to finding the shortest path between atoms (bonds = graph edges). This part of the library is not documented yet.

The rest of this section shows how to use dedicated graph libraries to analyse chemical molecules read with gemmi. First, we set up a graph corresponding to the molecule.

Here is how it can be done in C++ with the Boost Graph Library (BGL):

```#include <boost/graph/graph_traits.hpp>
#include <gemmi/chemcomp.hpp>        // for ChemComp, make_chemcomp_from_block

struct AtomVertex {
gemmi::Element el = gemmi::El::X;
std::string name;
};

struct BondEdge {
gemmi::BondType type;
};

boost::undirectedS,
AtomVertex, BondEdge>;

Graph make_graph(const gemmi::ChemComp& cc) {
Graph g(cc.atoms.size());
for (size_t i = 0; i != cc.atoms.size(); ++i) {
g[i].el = cc.atoms[i].el;
g[i].name = cc.atoms[i].id;
}
for (const gemmi::Restraints::Bond& bond : cc.rt.bonds) {
int n1 = cc.get_atom_index(bond.id1.atom);
int n2 = cc.get_atom_index(bond.id2.atom);
}
return g;
}
```

Here we use NetworkX in Python:

```>>> import networkx

>>> G = networkx.Graph()
>>> so3 = gemmi.make_chemcomp_from_block(block)
>>> for atom in so3.atoms:
...
>>> for bond in so3.rt.bonds:
...     G.add_edge(bond.id1.atom, bond.id2.atom)  # ignoring bond type
...
```

To show a quick example of working with the graph, let us count automorphisms of SO3:

```>>> import networkx.algorithms.isomorphism as iso
>>> GM = iso.GraphMatcher(G, G, node_match=iso.categorical_node_match('Z', 0))
>>> # expecting 3! automorphisms (permutations of the three oxygens)
>>> sum(1 for _ in GM.isomorphisms_iter())
6
```

The median number of automorphisms of molecules in the CCD is only 4. However, the highest number of isomorphisms, as of 2023 (ignoring hydrogens, bond orders, chiralities), is a staggering 6879707136 for T8W. This value can be calculated almost instantly with nauty, which returns a set of generators of the automorphism group and the sets of equivalent vertices called orbits, rather than listing all automorphisms. Nauty is for “determining the automorphism group of a vertex-coloured graph, and for testing graphs for isomorphism”. We can use it in Python through the pynauty module.

Here we set up a graph in pynauty, from the `so3` object prepared in the previous example:

```>>> import pynauty

>>> n_vertices = len(so3.atoms)
>>> adjacency = {n: [] for n in range(n_vertices)}
>>> indices = {atom.id: n for n, atom in enumerate(so3.atoms)}
>>> elements = {atom.el.atomic_number for atom in so3.atoms}
>>> # The order of dict in Python 3.6+ is the insertion order.
>>> coloring = {elem: set() for elem in sorted(elements)}
>>> for n, atom in enumerate(so3.atoms):
...
>>> for bond in so3.rt.bonds:
...   n1 = indices[bond.id1.atom]
...   n2 = indices[bond.id2.atom]
...
```

The colors of vertices in this graph correspond to elements. Pynauty takes a list of sets of vertices with the same color, without the information which color corresponds to which element. We sorted the elements to ensure that two graphs with the same atoms have the same coloring. However, SO3 and PO3 graphs would also have the same coloring and would be reported as isomorphic. So it is necessary to check if the elements in molecules are the same.

You may also want to encode other properties in the graph, such as bond orders, atom charges and chiralities, as described in this paper. Here, we only present a simplified, minimal example. Now, to finish this example, let’s get the order of the isomorphism group (which should be the same as in the NetworkX example, i.e. 6):

```>>> (gen, grpsize1, grpsize2, orbits, numorb) = pynauty.autgrp(G)
>>> grpsize1 * 10**grpsize2
6.0
```

### Graph isomorphism

In this example we use Python NetworkX to compare molecules from the Refmac monomer library with the PDB’s Chemical Component Dictionary (CCD). The same could be done with other graph analysis libraries, such as Boost Graph Library, igraph, etc.

The program below takes compares specified monomer cif files with corresponding CCD entries. Hydrogens and bond types are ignored. It takes less than half a minute to go through the 25,000 monomer files distributed with CCP4 (as of Oct 2018), so we do not try to optimize the program.

```# Compares graphs of molecules from cif files (Refmac dictionary or similar)
# with CCD entries.

import sys
import networkx
from networkx.algorithms import isomorphism
import gemmi

CCD_PATH = 'components.cif.gz'

def graph_from_chemcomp(cc):
G = networkx.Graph()
for atom in cc.atoms:
for bond in cc.rt.bonds:
return G

def compare(cc1, cc2):
s1 = {a.id for a in cc1.atoms}
s2 = {a.id for a in cc2.atoms}
b1 = {b.lexicographic_str() for b in cc1.rt.bonds}
b2 = {b.lexicographic_str() for b in cc2.rt.bonds}
if s1 == s2 and b1 == b2:
#print(cc1.name, "the same")
return
G1 = graph_from_chemcomp(cc1)
G2 = graph_from_chemcomp(cc2)
node_match = isomorphism.categorical_node_match('Z', 0)
GM = isomorphism.GraphMatcher(G1, G2, node_match=node_match)
if GM.is_isomorphic():
print(cc1.name, 'is isomorphic')
# we could use GM.match(), but here we try to find the shortest diff
short_diff = None
for n, mapping in enumerate(GM.isomorphisms_iter()):
diff = {k: v for k, v in mapping.items() if k != v}
if short_diff is None or len(diff) < len(short_diff):
short_diff = diff
if n == 10000:  # don't spend too much here
print(' (it may not be the simplest isomorphism)')
break
assert short_diff is not None
for id1, id2 in short_diff.items():
print('\t', id1, '->', id2)
else:
print(cc1.name, 'differs')
if s2 - s1:
print('\tmissing:', ' '.join(s2 - s1))
if s1 - s2:
print('\textra:  ', ' '.join(s1 - s2))

def main():
absent = 0
for f in sys.argv[1:]:
cc1 = gemmi.make_chemcomp_from_block(block)
try:
block2 = ccd[cc1.name]
except KeyError:
absent += 1
#print(cc1.name, 'not in CCD')
continue
cc2 = gemmi.make_chemcomp_from_block(block2)
cc1.remove_hydrogens()
cc2.remove_hydrogens()
compare(cc1, cc2)
if absent != 0:

main()
```

If we run it on monomers that start with M we get:

```\$ examples/ccd_gi.py \$CLIBD_MON/m/*.cif
M10 is isomorphic
O9 -> O4
O4 -> O9
MK8 is isomorphic
O2 -> OXT
MMR differs
missing: O12 O4
```

So in M10 the two atoms marked green are swapped: (The image was generated in NGL and compressed with Compress-Or-Die.)

### Substructure matching

Now a little script to illustrate subgraph isomorphism. The script takes a (three-letter-)code of a molecule that is to be used as a pattern and finds CCD entries that contain such a substructure. As in the previous example, hydrogens and bond types are ignored.

```# List CCD entries that contain the specified entry as a substructure.
# Ignoring hydrogens and bond types.

import sys
import networkx
from networkx.algorithms import isomorphism
import gemmi

CCD_PATH = 'components.cif.gz'

def graph_from_block(block):
cc = gemmi.make_chemcomp_from_block(block)
cc.remove_hydrogens()
G = networkx.Graph()
for atom in cc.atoms:
for bond in cc.rt.bonds:
return G

def main():
assert len(sys.argv) == 2, "Usage: ccd_subgraph.py three-letter-code"
entry = sys.argv
pattern = graph_from_block(ccd[entry])
pattern_nodes = networkx.number_of_nodes(pattern)
pattern_edges = networkx.number_of_edges(pattern)
node_match = isomorphism.categorical_node_match('Z', 0)
for block in ccd:
G = graph_from_block(block)
GM = isomorphism.GraphMatcher(G, pattern, node_match=node_match)
if GM.subgraph_is_isomorphic():
print(block.name, '\t +%d nodes, +%d edges' % (
networkx.number_of_nodes(G) - pattern_nodes,
networkx.number_of_edges(G) - pattern_edges))

main()
```

Let us check what entries have HEM as a substructure:

```\$ examples/ccd_subgraph.py HEM
1FH    +6 nodes, +7 edges
2FH    +6 nodes, +7 edges
4HE    +7 nodes, +8 edges
522    +2 nodes, +2 edges
6CO    +6 nodes, +7 edges
6CQ    +7 nodes, +8 edges
89R    +3 nodes, +3 edges
CLN    +1 nodes, +2 edges
DDH    +2 nodes, +2 edges
FEC    +6 nodes, +6 edges
HAS    +22 nodes, +22 edges
HCO    +1 nodes, +1 edges
HDM    +2 nodes, +2 edges
HEA    +17 nodes, +17 edges
HEB    +0 nodes, +0 edges
HEC    +0 nodes, +0 edges
HEM    +0 nodes, +0 edges
HEO    +16 nodes, +16 edges
HEV    +2 nodes, +2 edges
HP5    +2 nodes, +2 edges
ISW    +0 nodes, +0 edges
MH0    +0 nodes, +0 edges
MHM    +0 nodes, +0 edges
N7H    +3 nodes, +3 edges
NTE    +3 nodes, +3 edges
OBV    +14 nodes, +14 edges
SRM    +20 nodes, +20 edges
UFE    +18 nodes, +18 edges
```

### Maximum common subgraph

In this example we use McGregor’s algorithm implemented in the Boost Graph Library to find maximum common induced subgraph. We call the MCS searching function with option `only_connected_subgraphs=true`, which has obvious meaning and can be changed if needed.

To illustrate this example, we compare ligands AUD and LSA: The whole code is in `examples/with_bgl.cpp`. The same file has also examples of using the BGL implementation of VF2 to check graph and subgraph isomorphisms.

```// We ignore hydrogens here.
// Example output:
//   \$ time with_bgl -c monomers/a/AUD.cif monomers/l/LSA.cif
//   Searching largest subgraphs of AUD and LSA (10 and 12 vertices)...
//   Maximum connected common subgraph has 7 vertices:
//     SAA -> S10
//     OAG -> O12
//     OAH -> O11
//     NAF -> N9
//     CAE -> C7
//     OAI -> O8
//   Maximum connected common subgraph has 7 vertices:
//     SAA -> S10
//     OAG -> O11
//     OAH -> O12
//     NAF -> N9
//     CAE -> C7
//     OAI -> O8
//
//   real	0m0.012s
//   user	0m0.008s
//   sys	0m0.004s

struct PrintCommonSubgraphCallback {
Graph g1, g2;
template <typename CorrespondenceMap1To2, typename CorrespondenceMap2To1>
bool operator()(CorrespondenceMap1To2 map1, CorrespondenceMap2To1,
typename GraphTraits::vertices_size_type subgraph_size) {
std::cout << "Maximum connected common subgraph has " << subgraph_size
<< " vertices:\n";
for (auto vp = boost::vertices(g1); vp.first != vp.second; ++vp.first) {
Vertex v1 = *vp.first;
Vertex v2 = boost::get(map1, v1);
if (v2 != GraphTraits::null_vertex())
std::cout << "  " << g1[v1].name << " -> " << g2[v2].name << std::endl;
}
return true;
}
};

void find_common_subgraph(const char* cif1, const char* cif2) {
gemmi::ChemComp cc1 = make_chemcomp(cif1).remove_hydrogens();
Graph graph1 = make_graph(cc1);
gemmi::ChemComp cc2 = make_chemcomp(cif2).remove_hydrogens();
Graph graph2 = make_graph(cc2);
std::cout << "Searching largest subgraphs of " << cc1.name << " and "
<< cc2.name << " (" << cc1.atoms.size() << " and " << cc2.atoms.size()
<< " vertices)..." << std::endl;
mcgregor_common_subgraphs_maximum_unique(
graph1, graph2,
get(boost::vertex_index, graph1), get(boost::vertex_index, graph2),
[&](Edge a, Edge b) { return graph1[a].type == graph2[b].type; },
[&](Vertex a, Vertex b) { return graph1[a].el == graph2[b].el; },
/*only_connected_subgraphs=*/ true,
PrintCommonSubgraphCallback{graph1, graph2});
}
```

## Torsion angles

This section presents functions dedicated to calculation of the dihedral angles φ (phi), ψ (psi) and ω (omega) of the protein backbone. These functions are built upon the more general `calculate_dihedral` function, introduced in the section about coordinates, which takes four points in the space as arguments.

`calculate_omega()` calculates the ω angle, which is usually around 180°:

```>>> from math import degrees
>>> degrees(gemmi.calculate_omega(chain, chain))
159.9092215006572
>>> for res in chain[:5]:
...     next_res = chain.next_residue(res)
...     if next_res:
...         omega = gemmi.calculate_omega(res, next_res)
...         print(res.name, degrees(omega))
...
ALA 159.9092215006572
ALA -165.26874513591127
ALA -165.85686681169696
THR -172.99968385093572
SER 176.74223937657652
```

The φ and ψ angles are often used together, so they are calculated in one function `calculate_phi_psi()`:

```>>> for res in chain[:5]:
...     prev_res = chain.previous_residue(res)
...     next_res = chain.next_residue(res)
...     phi, psi = gemmi.calculate_phi_psi(prev_res, res, next_res)
...     print('%s %8.2f %8.2f' % (res.name, degrees(phi), degrees(psi)))
...
ALA      nan   106.94
ALA  -116.64    84.57
ALA   -45.57   127.40
THR   -62.01   147.45
SER   -92.85   161.53
```

In C++ these functions can be found in `gemmi/calculate.hpp`.

The torsion angles φ and ψ can be visualized on the Ramachandran plot. Let us plot angles from all PDB entries with the resolution higher than 1.5A. Usually, glycine, proline and the residue preceding proline (pre-proline) are plotted separately. Here, we will exclude pre-proline and make separate plot for each amino acid. So first, we calculate angles and save φ,ψ pairs in a set of files – one file per residue.

```import sys
from math import degrees
import gemmi

ramas = {aa: [] for aa in [
'LEU', 'ALA', 'GLY', 'VAL', 'GLU', 'SER', 'LYS', 'ASP', 'THR', 'ILE',
'ARG', 'PRO', 'ASN', 'PHE', 'GLN', 'TYR', 'HIS', 'MET', 'CYS', 'TRP']}

for path in gemmi.CoorFileWalk(sys.argv):
if 0.1 < st.resolution < 1.5:
model = st
for chain in model:
for res in chain.get_polymer():
# previous_residue() and next_residue() return previous/next
# residue only if the residues are bonded. Otherwise -- None.
prev_res = chain.previous_residue(res)
next_res = chain.next_residue(res)
if prev_res and next_res and next_res.name != 'PRO':
v = gemmi.calculate_phi_psi(prev_res, res, next_res)
try:
ramas[res.name].append(v)
except KeyError:
pass

# Write data to files
for aa, data in ramas.items():
with open('ramas/' + aa + '.tsv', 'w') as f:
for phi, psi in data:
f.write('%.4f\t%.4f\n' % (degrees(phi), degrees(psi)))
```

The script above works with coordinate files in any of the formats supported by gemmi (PDB, mmCIF, mmJSON). As of 2019, processing a local copy of the PDB archive in the PDB format takes about 20 minutes.

In the second step we plot the data points with Matplotlib. We use a script that can be found in `examples/rama_plot.py`. Six of the resulting plots are shown here (click to enlarge): ## Topology

A macromolecular refinement program typically starts from reading a coordinate file and a monomer library. The monomer library specifies restraints (bond distances, angles, …) in monomers as well as modifications introduced by links between monomers.

The coordinates and restraints are combined into what we call here a topology. It contains restraints applied to the model. A monomer library may specify angle CD2-CE2-NE1 in TRP. In contrast, the topology specifies angles between concrete atoms (say, angle #721-#720-#719).

Together with preparing a topology, macromolecular programs (in particular, Refmac) may also add or shift hydrogens (to the riding positions) and reorder atoms. In Python we have one function that does it all:

```gemmi.prepare_topology(st: gemmi.Structure,
monlib: gemmi.MonLib,
model_index: int = 0,
h_change: gemmi.HydrogenChange = HydrogenChange.NoChange,
reorder: bool = False,
warnings: object = None,
ignore_unknown_links: bool = False) -> gemmi.Topo
```

where

• `monlib` is an instance of an undocumented MonLib class. For now, here is an example how to read the CCP4 monomer library (a.k.a Refmac dictionary):

```monlib_path = os.environ['CCP4'] + '/lib/data/monomers'
resnames = st.get_all_residue_names()
```
• `h_change` is one of:

• HydrogenChange.NoChange – no change,

• HydrogenChange.Shift – shift existing hydrogens to ideal (riding) positions,

• HydrogenChange.Remove – remove all H and D atoms,

• HydrogenChange.ReAdd – discard and re-create hydrogens in ideal positions (if hydrogen position is not uniquely determined, its occupancy is set to zero),

• HydrogenChange.ReAddKnown – the same, but doesn’t add any H atoms which positions are not uniquely determined,

• `reorder` – changes the order of atoms inside each residue to match the order in the corresponding monomer cif file,

• `warnings` – by default, exception is raised when a chemical component is missing in the monomer library, or when link is missing, or the hydrogen adding procedure comes across an unexpected configuration. You can set warnings=sys.stderr to only print a warning to stderr and continue. sys.stderr can be replaced with any object that has methods `write(str)` and `flush()`.

TBC

## Local copy of the PDB archive

Some of the examples in this documentation work with a local copy of the Protein Data Bank archive. This subsection describes the assumed setup.

Like in BioJava, we assume that the `\$PDB_DIR` environment variable points to a directory that contains `structures/divided/mmCIF` – the same arrangement as on the PDB’s FTP server.

```\$ cd \$PDB_DIR
\$ du -sh structures/*/*  # as of Jun 2017
34G    structures/divided/mmCIF
25G    structures/divided/pdb
101G   structures/divided/structure_factors
2.6G   structures/obsolete/mmCIF
```

A traditional way to keep an up-to-date local archive is to rsync it once a week:

```#!/bin/sh -x
set -u  # PDB_DIR must be defined
rsync_subdir() {
mkdir -p "\$PDB_DIR/\$1"
# Using PDBe (UK) here, can be replaced with RCSB (USA) or PDBj (Japan),
rsync -rlpt -v -z --delete \
rsync.ebi.ac.uk::pub/databases/pdb/data/\$1/ "\$PDB_DIR/\$1/"
}
rsync_subdir structures/divided/mmCIF
#rsync_subdir structures/obsolete/mmCIF
#rsync_subdir structures/divided/pdb
#rsync_subdir structures/divided/structure_factors
```

Gemmi has a helper function for using the local archive copy. It takes a PDB code (case insensitive) and a symbol denoting what file is requested: P for PDB, M for mmCIF, S for SF-mmCIF.

```>>> os.environ['PDB_DIR'] = '/copy'
>>> gemmi.expand_if_pdb_code('1ABC', 'P') # PDB file
'/copy/structures/divided/pdb/ab/pdb1abc.ent.gz'
>>> gemmi.expand_if_pdb_code('1abc', 'M') # mmCIF file
'/copy/structures/divided/mmCIF/ab/1abc.cif.gz'
>>> gemmi.expand_if_pdb_code('1abc', 'S') # SF-mmCIF file
'/copy/structures/divided/structure_factors/ab/r1abcsf.ent.gz'
```

If the first argument is not in the PDB code format (4 characters for now) the function returns the first argument.

```>>> arg = 'file.cif'
>>> gemmi.is_pdb_code(arg)
False
>>> gemmi.expand_if_pdb_code(arg, 'M')
'file.cif'
```

## Multiprocessing

(Python-specific)

Most of the gemmi objects cannot be pickled. Therefore, they cannot be passed between processes when using the multiprocessing module. Currently, the only picklable classes (with protocol >= 2) are: UnitCell and SpaceGroup.

Usually, it is possible to organize multiprocessing in such a way that gemmi objects are not passed between processes. The example script below traverses subdirectories and asynchronously analyses coordinate files. It uses 4 worker processes in parallel. The processes get file path and return a tuple.

```import multiprocessing
import sys
import gemmi

def f(path):