Radius of gyration

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This script does calcualate the radius of gyration of a molecule.

Thanks to Tsjerk Wassenaar for posting this script on the pymol-users mailing list!

from pymol import cmd
from itertools import izip
import math

def rgyrate(selection='(all)', quiet=1):

    Radius of gyration


    rgyrate [ selection ]
    quiet = int(quiet)
    model = cmd.get_model(selection).atom
    x = [i.coord for i in model]
    mass = [i.get_mass() for i in model]
    xm = [(m*i,m*j,m*k) for (i,j,k),m in izip(x,mass)]
    tmass = sum(mass)
    rr = sum(mi*i+mj*j+mk*k for (i,j,k),(mi,mj,mk) in izip(x,xm))
    mm = sum((sum(i)/tmass)**2 for i in izip(*xm))
    rg = math.sqrt(rr/tmass - mm)
    if not quiet:
        print "Radius of gyration: %.2f" % (rg)
    return rg

cmd.extend("rgyrate", rgyrate)

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Radius of gyration Example.png

This example uses the radius of gyration and the center of mass to display a semitransparent sphere.

from pymol import cmd, stored, util
import centerOfMass, radiusOfGyration

cmd.set('sphere_transparency', 0.5)

cmd.show('cartoon', 'chain A')

r = radiusOfGyration.rgyrate('chain A and polymer')
centerOfMass.com('chain A and polymer', object='com', vdw=r)


See Also

Center Of Mass, COM