Selections can be made more precise or inclusive by combining them with logical operators, including the boolean and, or, and not. The boolean and selects only those items that have both (or all) of the named properties, and the boolean or selects items that have either (or any) of them. Venn diagrams show that and selects the areas of overlap, while or selects both areas.
Selection Operator/Modifier Table
Selection operators and modifiers are listed below. The dummy variables s1 and s2 stand for selection-expressions such as "chain a" or "hydro."
|not s1||!s1|| Selects atoms that are not included in s1.
PyMOL> select sidechains, ! bb
|s1 and s2||s1 & s2|| Selects atoms included in both s1 and s2.
PyMOL> select far_bb, bb &farfrm_ten
|s1 or s2||s2|| Selects atoms included in either s1 or s2.
PyMOL> select all_prot, bb | sidechain
|s1 in s2||s1 in s2||Selects atoms in s1 whose identifiers name, resi, resn, chain and segi all match atoms in s2.
PyMOL> select same_atms, pept in prot
|s1 like s2||s1 l. s2|| Selects atoms in s1 whose identifiers name and resi match atoms in s2.
PyMOL> select similar_atms, pept like prot
|s1 gap X||Selects all atoms whose van der Waals radii are separated from the van der Waals radii of s1 by a minimum of X Angstroms.
PyMOL> select farfrm_ten, resi 10 gap 5
|s1 around X||s1 a. X||Selects atoms with centers within X Angstroms of the center of any atom ins1.
PyMOL> select near_ten, resi 10 around 5
|s1 expand X||s1 x. X||Expands s1 by all atoms within X Angstroms of the center of any atom in s1.
PyMOL> select near_ten_x, near_ten expand 3
|s1 within X of s2||s1 w. X of s2|| Selects atoms in s1 that are within X Angstroms of any atom in s2.
PyMOL> select bbnearten, bb w. 4 of resi 10
|s1 near_to X of s2||s1 nto. X of s2|| Same as within, but excludes s2 from the selection (and thus is identical to |
|s1 beyond X of s2||s1 be. X of s2||Selects atoms in s1 that are at least X Anstroms away from s2.|
|byres s1||br. s1|| Expands selection to complete residues.
PyMOL> select complete_res, br. bbnear10
|bymolecule s1||bm. s1|| Expands selection to complete molecules.
PyMOL> select complete_mol, bm. bbnear10
|byfragment s1||bf. s1|| Expands selection to complete fragments.
PyMOL> select complete_frag, bf. bbnear10
|bysegment s1||bs. s1|| Expands selection to complete segments.
PyMOL> select complete_seg, bs. bbnear10
|byobject s1||bo. s1|| Expands selection to complete objects.
PyMOL> select near_obj, bo. near_res
|bycell s1|| Expands selection to unit cell.
PyMOL> select complete_cell, bycell orig_res
|byring s1|| New in 1.8.2: All rings of size ≤ 7 which have at least one atom in s1
PyMOL> select rings, byring (all)
|neighbor s1||nbr. s1|| Selects atoms directly bonded to s1, excludes s1.
PyMOL> select vicinos, neighbor resi 10
|bound_to s1||bto. s1||Selects atoms directly bonded to s1, may include s1.|
|s1 extend X||s1 xt. X|| Extends s1 by X bonds connected to atoms in s1.
PyMOL> select connect_x, near10 extend 3
|pepseq SEQ||ps. SEQ|| Selects peptide sequence matching upper-case one-letter sequence SEQ (see also FindSeq).
PyMOL> select 1tvn and ps. FATEW
|rep rep|| Selects atoms which show representation rep.
PyMOL> select sele, rep spheres
Comparison of distance operators
There are serveral very similar operators that select by pairwise atom distances. The following table lists the details how they differ.
Syntax 1: s1 operator X of s2
Syntax 2: s1 and (s2 operator X)
|operator||distance is ...||measured from||includes s2||syntax||notes|
|near_to||≤ X||center||never||1||equivalent to "around"|
|within||≤ X||center||if matches s1||1|
|around||≤ X||center||never||2||equivalent to "near_to"|
Logical selections can be combined. For example, you might select atoms that are part of chain a, but not residue number 125:
# selects atoms that are part of chain A, but not residue number 125. select chain A and (not resi 125) # The following two selections are equivalent, select (name CB or name CG1 or name CG2) and chain A # select c-beta's, c-gamma-1's and c-gamma-2's # that are in chain A. select name CB+CG1+CG2 and chain A # select all residues within 5 Ang. or any organic small molecules select br. all within 5 of organic # select helices select ss 'H' # select anything shown as a line select rep lines # select all residues with a b-factor less than 20, within 3 angstroms of any water select br. b<20 & (all within 3 of resn HOH) # select anything colored blue select color blue # select the 1st arginine select first resn ARG # select 1foo's segment G's chain X's residue 444's alpha carbon select 1foo/G/X/444/CA # same thing select 1foo and segi G and c. X and i. 444 and n. CA # select the entire object that residue 23's beta caron is in: select bo. i. 23 and n. CA # select the molecule that chain C is in select bm. c. C
Like the results of groups of arithmetic operations, the results of groups of logical operations depend on which operation is performed first. They have an order of precedence. To ensure that the operations are performed in the order you have in mind, use parentheses:
byres ((chain A or (chain B and (not resi 125))) around 5)
PyMOL will expand its logical selection out from the innermost parentheses.