Show inter-monomer vs intra-monomer bonds in symmetry puzzles

Case number:845833-1998637
Topic:Game: Display
Opened by:jeff101
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 21:34
Last modified:Monday, November 10, 2014 - 13:09

For symmetry puzzles, sometimes I want to see just the intra-monomer bonds (bonds between parts of a single monomer), and other times I just want to see the inter-monomer bonds (bonds between one monomer and another). Could you add checkboxes to the View Menu like "Show bonds (inter-monomer)" and "Show bonds (intra-monomer)" to give us more control over what is shown?

(Thu, 10/30/2014 - 21:34  |  6 comments)


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A related idea is to have a checkbox to let us view only the bonds that have at least one end attached to the main monomer. If this box is not checked, Foldit will also display bonds that have each end attached to an image of the main monomer.

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Some other useful checkboxes for the View Menu would be "Show hydrogen bonds", "Show salt bridges", and "Show disulfides". I know sometimes I just want to know if disulfides have formed, so it would be useful to turn off the other kinds of bonds. Also, if Foldit can somehow distinguish hydrogen bonds from salt bridges, it would be interesting to see which are which by turning the different bond types on and off.

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If you can distinguish salt bridges from hydrogen bonds, why not color them differently as well?

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If you mean cys to cys bonds they are a different colour already, they are green, use show side chain bonds in the view menu.
The bonds between the chains in a sym puzzle are just the same as the ones in a monomer, you just have to remain aware of which chain you are looking at.
The bonds we can't see yet are the ones around hydrophobes.

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The checkboxes I described above would reduce the clutter in the rendered protein. As we keep moving to larger proteins, it would help to render just the features we want to see.

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The proteins seem to be getting smaller not larger, but that is anecdotal, would need to ensure that if nthing else the comments recorded the residue count for each puzzle.

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