Many thanks for the responses received,
To summarise the options for unidentified blobs appear to be:
1. Build something in and define it as a UNL (unknown ligand)
Some debate arose over the specifics of the term ³unknown ligand² and
wether a broader unknown entity description might be more accurate.
2. Leave the difference density and describe the location of the observed
feature using a SITE record.
As my intention was simply to draw attention to the presence of this
feature whilst not implying any identification I have chosen to go down
the latter route and simply leave the difference density for others to
ponder in the future.
Dr. Colin W. Levy
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Mob.07786 197 554
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On 16/06/2015 18:22, "Dale Tronrud" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>On 6/14/2015 2:49 AM, Robbie Joosten wrote:
>> Hi Colin,
>> You can define an UNL (unknown ligand) in the blob. This is the
>> standard name for such a compound. It becomes a bit messy in
>> refinement in terms of restraints, but it does exactly what you
>> want it to do: say you noticed the blob but couldn't figure out
>> what it was.
> There is danger along this route - but I suppose this is a
>philosophical matter. Your PDB file is your model for what is in the
>crystal. If you don't know what a compound in your crystal is, can
>you say that you have modeled it? What are your intentions when you
>place this "unknown" residue in your model -- Are you just placing a
>marker to tell those who follow that you noticed something here or are
>you saying "this is how electrons are arranged here".
> Recently I was looking at 1I1W for some reason. It is a very nice
>model at 0.89 A resolution. It contains, however, several single atom
>residues of type UNX and the atoms are of type X. The problem I have
>is that these atoms have their occupancy set to 1.0 and have varying B
>factors. What am I supposed to make of a fully occupied atom of
> Apparently I'm not alone in my confusion. The Electron Density
>Server does not supply a map for this entry. I can see nothing wrong
>with the data nor the rest of the model so I presume the service is
>failing because it doesn't know how to calculate the scattering of an
>atom of unknown type.
> So, my question is - If you place marker atoms to indicate the
>binding of any unknown ligand, should the difference density disappear
>from your map? Certainly if you are interested in bootstrapping phase
>information you would want this, but is this appropriate for deposition?
>Should you be able to say your difference map is flat and your R value
>low when all you did was shrug your shoulders and say "I don't know"?
> There is a, sadly underused, feature of the PDB format called the
>SITE record. With it you can describe the residues of your protein
>that form a binding site and give a text description in a REMARK 800
>statement. This option would allow you to acknowledge that something
>is binding at this location but leave the difference peak for others
>to view and puzzle over on their own.
>> Cheers, Robbie
>>> -----Original Message----- From: CCP4 bulletin board
>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dom Bellini Sent:
>>> Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:36 To: [log in to unmask] Subject:
>>> Re: [ccp4bb] Residual density feature
>>> Dear Colin,
>>> I believe people usually refer to it as "unidentified blob" when
>>> depositing/writing in
>>> cases. But I wonder whether others may suggest better options.
>>> ________________________________ From: CCP4 bulletin board
>>> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Colin Levy
>>> [[log in to unmask]] Sent: 14 June 2015 09:53 To: ccp4bb
>>> Subject: [ccp4bb] Residual density feature
>>> Dear all,
>>> I am currently working on a structure that contains a residual
>>> density feature located
>>> the active site. Due to a combination of factors including
>>> limited occupancy, modest resolution, twinning etc it has not
>>> been possible to unambiguously identify this feature
>>> fairly extensive efforts.
>>> What is the best way of dealing with such a feature when
>>> depositing the structure?
>> Ideally I
>>> would like to draw attention to the presence of residual density
>>> whilst not implying
>> that I have
>>> been able to identify it.
>>> Many thanks,
>>> Manchester Protein Structure Facility
>>> Dr. Colin W. Levy MIB G034 Tel. 0161 275 5090 Mob.07786 197 554
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