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3DNA provides a perl script (blocview) which produces Calladine-Drew style block representations based on the standard reference frame for nucleic acids, the produced files are in raster image, and are also procesed by molscript. Therefore to produce the following representations you will need to install:

- 3DNA V1.5 [1]

- 3DNA V2.0 [2]

- Raster 3D [3]

- Molscript [4]

Once you have the previous software installed and the path to their binaries correctly configured you can get the block representation for any nucleic acid. The next example shows how to do it for tRNA (PDB:ID 1ehz)

pdb_get.py 1ehz
blocview -o 1ehz.pdb

The pdb_get python script comes from Dr. Robert Campbell's website http://pldserver1.biochem.queensu.ca/~rlc/work/scripts/pdb_get.py [5]

Once blocview is run it will generate various r3d files which can be combined with the original pdb files to produce the following image:


To generate the previous image the following script was used: trna.pml

load tb.pdb
load t2.r3d
bg_color white
hide lines
zoom *,-5
set ray_trace_mode, 3
set ray_trace_fog, 0
sert ray_shadows, 0
set orthoscopic, 1
set antialias, 5
set valence, 1
color grey, (elem C)
cartoon arrow
set cartoon_ladder_mode, 0
set cartoon_rect_width, 0.2
set cartoon_rect_length, 0.5
show cartoon
set stick_radius, 0.14
show sticks
set_view (\
     0.680474579,   -0.153203458,   -0.716576934,\
     0.658882320,   -0.300013036,    0.689829707,\
    -0.320666909,   -0.941552401,   -0.103208199,\
    -0.000084338,    0.000022471, -263.030426025,\
    57.723434448,   45.338260651,   20.895099640,\
   218.710235596,  307.348541260,    1.000000000 )
set cartoon_color, green, resn G
set cartoon_color, yellow, resn C
set cartoon_color, red, resn A
set cartoon_color, cyan, resn U
ray 1024,768
png trna.png

An automatically generated pymol ray traced image can also be obtained by running blocview on version 2.0 or 3DNA directly in the following way:

blocview -o -t=100 1ehz.pdb