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Type PyMOL Plugin
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Author(s) Yuan Wang
License -
This code has been put under version control in the project Pymol-script-repo


Elastic Network Models (ENM) have been successful in reproducing fluctuations for proteins of native conformations. ENM is a coarse-grained method for modeling protein dynamics, meaning in generally in ENM each residue is represented by one bead in its Alpha Carbon position. These beads are then connected by elastic springs if the distance between two beads fall under a cutoff value (usually within the range of 7 to 15 angstroms). For more details please read here.

PyANM is developed as a cross-platform Pymol Plugin to allow its users to build and visualize Anisotropic Network Models, a member of the ENM family. This plugin allows its users to draw arrows or make movies based on calculated mode motions, to draw all springs used to build the ANM within the protein, to color the protein based on its Mean Square Fluctuations (MSF) calculated from ANM and to export data from ANM for future processing. PyANM also allows its users to change the colors and scales (sizes) for movies or arrows generated by PyANM for better visualization.


PyANM requires Numerical Python (NumPy) to do all the matrix calculations. If you wish to use PyANM but don't have NumPy on your machine, please follow the download and build instructions here. After installing NumPy, type the following line inside Pymol and if you don't see any error messages, you now have NumPy ready for Pymol!

 import numpy