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This page is the home page of the open-source CEAlign PyMOL plugin. The CE algorithm is a fast and accurate protein structure alignment algorithm, pioneered by Drs. Shindyalov and Bourne (See References). There are a few changes from the original CE publication (See Notes).
The source code is implemented in C with the rotations finally done by Numpy in Python. Because the computationally complex portion of the code is written in C, it's quick. That is, on my machines --- relatively fast 64-bit machines --- I can align two 400+ amino acid structures in about 0.300 s with the C++ implementation.
Comparison to PyMol
Why should you use this?
PyMOL's structure alignment algorithm is fast and robust. However, its first step is to perform a sequence alignment of the two selections. Thus, proteins in the twilight zone or those having a low sequence identity, may not align well. Because CE is a structure-based alignment, this is not a problem. Consider the following example. The image at LEFT was the result of CE-aligning two proteins (1C0M chain B to 1BCO). The result is 152 aligned (alpha carbons) residues (not atoms) at 4.96 Angstroms. The image on the RIGHT shows the results from PyMol's align command: an alignment of 221 atoms (not residues) at an RMSD of 15.7 Angstroms.
CEAlign has the semantic, and syntactic formalism of
cealign MASTER, TARGET
where a post-condition of the algorithm is that the coordinates of the MASTER protein are unchanged. This allows for easier multi-protein alignments. For example,
cealign 1AUE, 1BZ4 cealign 1AUE, 1B68 cealign 1AUE, 1A7V cealign 1AUE, 1CPR
will superimpose all the TARGETS onto the MASTER.
cealign 1cll and i. 42-55, 1ggz and c. A cealign 1kao, 1ctq cealign 1fao, 1eaz
Multiple Structure Alignments
Use the alignto command, now provided with cealign. Just type,
to align all your proteins in PyMOL to the one called, PROT.
See Changes for updates. But, overall, the results here are great.
This is a quick and dirty method to get it working on Win32 right now, more details coming soon.
- Latest PyMol, installed on your system
- Numpy for python 2.4 -- quick download of just what's needed: http://users.umassmed.edu/Shivender.Shandilya/pymol/numpy.zip
- Pre-compiled ccealign.pyd python module: http://users.umassmed.edu/Shivender.Shandilya/pymol/ccealign.zip
- Modified pymolrc: http://users.umassmed.edu/Shivender.Shandilya/pymol/pymolrc
- cealign.py and qkabsch.py from the Cealign-0.8-RBS package: download below
- Unzip the numpy.zip file, which will give you a folder named numpy
- Move this entire folder to: C:\Program Files\DeLano Scientific\PyMOL\modules\ (or the corresponding location on your system)
- Unzip ccealign.zip, which will give you a file called ccealign.pyd
- Move this pyd file to: C:\Program Files\DeLano Scientific\PyMOL\py24\DLLs\ (or the corresponding location on your system)
- Copy the downloaded pymolrc file to: C:\Program Files\DeLano Scientific\PyMOL\ (or the corresponding location on your system)
- Run PyMol and load some molecules
- Run this command in Pymol: cealign molecule1, molecule2
- C compiler
- Python 2.4+ with distutils
- for User-compiled PyMOL:
python setup.py install
- for the precompiled version of PyMOL
python setup.py install --prefix "" --root /DIR_TO/pymol/ext/
- for User-compiled PyMOL:
- uncompress the distribution file cealign-VERSION.tgz
- cd cealign-VERSION
- sudo python setup.py install # if you installed by PyMOL by hand
- python setup.py install --prefix "" --root /DIR/TO/pymol/ext/ # if you are using the precompiled binary download
- insert "run DIR_TO_CEALIGN/cealign.py" and "run DIR_TO_CEALIGN/qkabsch.py" into your .pymolrc file, or just run the two Python scripts by hand.
- load some molecules
- run, cealign molecule1, molecule2
Pre-compiled Hackish Install
For those people that prefer to use the pre-compiled version of PyMOL, here are the basics for your install. This is a poor method of installing Cealign. I suggest users compile and install their own PyMOL. The final goal is to get
- ccealign.so module into PYMOL/ext/lib/python2.4/site-packages
- numpy installed (get the numpy directory into (or linked into) PYMOL/ext/lib/python2.4/site-packages
- and be able to run cealign.py and qkabsch.py from PyMOL.
If you can do the above three steps, cealign should run from the pre-compiled PyMOL.
In more detail, on a completely fictitious machine --- that is, I created the following commands from a fake machine and I don't expect a copy/paste of this to work anywhere, but the commands should be helpful enough to those who need it:
# NOTES: # This is fake code: don't copy/paste it. # # PYMOL='dir to precompiled PyMOL install' # CEALIGN='dir where you will unpack cealign' # replace lib with lib64 for x86-64 # install numpy apt-get install numpy # link numpy to PyMOL ln -s /usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/numpy PYMOL/ext/lib/python2.4/site-packages # download and install Cealign wget http://www.pymolwiki.org/images/e/ed/Cealign-0.6.tar.bz2 tar -jxvf Cealign-0.6.tar.bz2 cd cealign-0.6 sudo python setup.py build cp build/lib-XYZ-linux/ccealign.so PYMOL/ext/lib/python2.4/site-packages # run pymol and try it out pymol run CEALIGN/cealign.py run CEALIGN/qkabsch.py fetch 1cew 1mol, async=0 cealign 1c, 1m
Please unpack and read the documentation. All comments/questions should be directed to Jason Vertrees (javertre _at_ utmb ...dot... edu).
LATEST IS v0.8-RBS. (Dedicated to Bryan Sutton for allowing me to use his computer for testing.)
- Windows binary
- Linux Binaries (32bit, x86-64)
- Better instructions for precompiled distributions
v0.8-RBS source updated. Found the bug that had been plaguing 32-bit machines. This should be the last release for a little while.
v0.6 source code updated. The important things about this release are:
- a correction in the scoring algorithm (with improvements up to, and over 2Ang in RMSD)!
- cleaned up some memory issues
- provided the simple alignto command
- added (poor) installation notes for those people with a pre-compiled version.
This change was too small to make a whole new release. I just added a small script to do multiple structure alignments. Skip to the Multiple Structure Alignment Section on this page.
Also, I provide the option of aligning based solely upon RMSD or upon the better CE-Score. See the References for information on the CE Score.
Post your problems/solutions here.
Unicode Issues in Python/Numpy
Problem: Running/Installing cealign gives
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/home/byron/software/pymol_1.00b17/pymol/modules/pymol/parser.py", line 308, in parse File "/home/byron/software/pymol_1.00b17/pymol/modules/pymol/parsing.py", line 410, in run_file File "qkabsch.py", line 86, in ? import numpy File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/numpy/__init__.py", line 36, in ? import core File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/numpy/core/__init__.py", line 5, in ? import multiarray ImportError: /home/byron/software/pymol/ext/lib/python2.4/site-packages/numpy/core/multiarray.so: undefined symbol: _PyUnicodeUCS4_IsWhitespace
where the important line is
undefined symbol: _PyUnicodeUCS4_IsWhitespace
This problem indicates that your Numpy Unicode is using a different byte-size for unicode characters than is the Python distribution your PyMOL is running from. For example, this can happen if you use the pre-built PyMOL and some other pre-built Numpy package.
Solution: Hand-install Numpy.
LinAlg Module Not Found
Problem: Running CE Align gives the following error message:
run qkabsch.py Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/pymol/parser.py", line 285, in parse parsing.run_file(exp_path(args[nest]),pymol_names,pymol_names) File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/pymol/parsing.py", line 407, in run_file execfile(file,global_ns,local_ns) File "qkabsch.py", line 86, in ? import numpy File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/numpy/__init__.py", line 40, in ? import linalg ImportError: No module named linalg
Solution: You do not have the linear algebra module installed (or Python can't find it) on your machine. One workaround is to install Scientific Python. (on debian/ubuntu this can be done by: sudo apt-get install python-scipy) Another is to reinstall the Numpy package from source, ensuring that you have the necessary requirements for the linear algebra module (linpack, lapack, fft, etc.).
CCEAlign & NumPy Modules Not Found
Problem: Running CE Align gives the following error message:
PyMOL>run cealign.py Traceback (most recent call last): File "/home/local/warren/MacPyMOL060530/build/Deployment/MacPyMOL.app/pymol/modules/pymol/parser.py", line 297, in parse File "/home/local/warren/MacPyMOL060530/build/Deployment/MacPyMOL.app/pymol/modules/pymol/parsing.py", line 408, in run_file File "/usr/local/pymol/scripts/cealign-0.1/cealign.py", line 59, in ? from ccealign import ccealign ImportError: No module named ccealign run qkabsch.py Traceback (most recent call last): File "/home/local/warren/MacPyMOL060530/build/Deployment/MacPyMOL.app/pymol/modules/pymol/parser.py", line 297, in parse File "/home/local/warren/MacPyMOL060530/build/Deployment/MacPyMOL.app/pymol/modules/pymol/parsing.py", line 408, in run_file File "qkabsch.py", line 86, in ? import numpy ImportError: No module named numpy
Solution: This problem occurs under Apple Mac OS X if (a) the Apple's python executable on your machine (/usr/bin/python, currently version 2.3.5) is superseded by Fink's python executable (/sw/bin/python, currently version 2.5) and (b) you are using precompiled versions of PyMOL (MacPyMOL, PyMOLX11Hybrid or PyMOL for Mac OS X/X11). These executables ignore Fink's python and instead use Apple's - so, in order to run CE Align, one must install NumPy (as well as CE Align itself) using Apple's python. To do so, first download the Numpy source code archive (currently version 1.0.1), unpack it, change directory to numpy-1.0.1 and specify the full path to Apple's python executable during installation: sudo /usr/bin/python setup.py install | tee install.log. Then, donwload the CE Align source code archive (currently version 0.2), unpack it, change directory to cealign-0.2 and finally install CE Align as follows: sudo /usr/bin/python setup.py install | tee install.log. Luca Jovine 05:11, 25 January 2007 (CST).
Text taken from PubMed and formatted for the wiki. The first reference is the most important for this code.
- Shindyalov IN, Bourne PE. Protein structure alignment by incremental combinatorial extension (CE) of the optimal path. Protein Eng. 1998 Sep;11(9):739-47. PMID: 9796821 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- Jia Y, Dewey TG, Shindyalov IN, Bourne PE. A new scoring function and associated statistical significance for structure alignment by CE. J Comput Biol. 2004;11(5):787-99. PMID: 15700402 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- Pekurovsky D, Shindyalov IN, Bourne PE. A case study of high-throughput biological data processing on parallel platforms. Bioinformatics. 2004 Aug 12;20(12):1940-7. Epub 2004 Mar 25. PMID: 15044237 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- Shindyalov IN, Bourne PE. An alternative view of protein fold space. Proteins. 2000 Feb 15;38(3):247-60. PMID: 10713986 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
The CEAlign and all its subprograms that I wrote, are released under the open source Free BSD License (BSDL).