|Opened on:||Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 15:43|
|Last modified:||Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:26|
This suggestion was mentioned in the "sidechain flipping" article on the wiki, but I'll repeat it here.
To see the possible sidechain positions, right now we have to grab the sidechain and wave it around. For example, proline might have 1-2 positions and tryptophan might have 5-6 positions. To see all of these, sometimes I need to turn the protein around to make sureI found all of them. For the large juicy sidechains, it's not always clear at first that I've found every position.
It would be better if it was easier to see and access the possible positions (rotamers?) of each sidechain. For example, clicking (shift-click, ctrl-click?) on a sidechain could bring up discrete buttons for each position, or maybe a slider which slides through each position?
Example: We click on a long, squiggly sidechain and a slider with 4 positions pops up. We quickly slide through the 4 positions and watch the score change for each one. We stop on one that looks promising and start wiggling.