Get Area

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get_area calculates the surface area in square Angstroms of the selection given. Note that the accessibility is assessed in the context of the object(s) that the selection is part of. So, to get the surface areas of e.g. a component of a complex, you should make a new object containing a copy of just that component and calculate its area.


get_area sele [,state[, load_b ]]


cmd.get_area(string selection="(all)", load_b=0, state=0 )


# load components separately
load my_ligand.pdb
load my_target.pdb

# get hydrogens onto everything (NOTE: must have valid valences on the ligand...)

# make sure all atoms within an object occlude one another
flag ignore, none

# use solvent-accessible surface with high sampling density
set dot_solvent, 1
set dot_density, 3

# measure the components individually

# create the complex
create my_complex, my_ligand my_target

# measure the complex

# now print results
print ligand_area
print target_area
print complex_area
print (ligand_area + target_area) - complex_area
# example usage of load_b
# select some organic small molecule
select ligand, br. first organic
# get its area and load it into it's b-factor column
get_area ligand, load_b=1
# print out the b-factor/areas per atom
iterate ligand, print b

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