Aligning in PyMol
PDB ID 1h9t contains a structure of both a DNA and a protein. It starts as one object.
Before we perform an alignment, we need to separate your DNA from the protein.
- Show sequence (click the S at the bottom right).
Highlight all the "residues" from the chains X and Y (these chains contain each strand of your DNA) in the sequence bar at the top.
Use the GUI to extract selection to new object (it's a faff doing this by terminal I find).
Rename new object (automatically named obj01 probably) to DNA1, or whatever you prefer.
Load your new, unaligned piece of DNA (I used
Pymol uses the CEalign algorithm to align structures in 3D space. You can call it using the following command:
cealign DNA1, 1BNA, object=aln
Another 3D alignment software I really like is the Dali server.
Haddock doesn't care if two molecules are aligned pre-analysis assuming you are submitting each DNA separately alongside a protein for binding analysis. This is because it tries a huge variety of orientations. Here is a list of things that you do need to do to your pdb before submitting to HADDOCK