Re: [AMBER] how to convert pdb to rst file ?

From: Jason Swails <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:49:44 -0400

On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 11:26 AM, Indrajit Deb <>

> Dear amber users,
> I have a average pdb file which have short contacts. I want to convert the
> average pdb file into rst file, so that I can use it as an input for
> sander. Actually I want to energy minimize the average pdb.

​Take care here -- average PDBs are very frequently non-physical. For
example, freely rotating methyl groups will have all hydrogen atoms in the
same place, almost on top of the carbon atom (since that's its "average"
position). Even minimizing the structure may prove challenging. Also look
at a typical double-well potential like the following:

Assuming that surface is fully-sampled, the "average" structure will be the
maximum energy structure between the two wells, which isn't representative
of *any* dominant configuration. And minimizing it will put you in one of
the two wells, which will no longer be anything like the average structure
(assuming you're *slightly* off the exact average).

It's not clear to me exactly what you should expect when minimizing an
average structure.​

So how to convert average pdb file into rst file ?

​cpptraj does this in a single command:

cpptraj -p average.pdb -y average.pdb -x average.rst7


Jason M. Swails
Rutgers University
Postdoctoral Researcher
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