gmx dssp [-f [<.xtc/.trr/...>]] [-s [<.tpr/.gro/...>]] [-n [<.ndx>]] [-o [<.dat>]] [-num [<.xvg>]] [-b <time>] [-e <time>] [-dt <time>] [-tu <enum>] [-fgroup <selection>] [-xvg <enum>] [-[no]rmpbc] [-[no]pbc] [-sf <file>] [-selrpos <enum>] [-seltype <enum>] [-sel <selection>] [-hmode <enum>] [-hbond <enum>] [-[no]nb] [-cutoff <real>] [-[no]clear] [-[no]pihelix] [-ppstretch <enum>]
gmx dssp allows using the DSSP algorithm (namely, by detecting specific patterns of hydrogen bonds between amino acid residues) to determine the secondary structure of a protein.
One-symbol secondary structure designations that are used in the output file:
H — alpha-helix;
B — residue in isolated beta-bridge;
E — extended strand that participates in beta-ladder;
G — 3_10-helix;
I — pi-helix;
P — kappa-helix (poly-proline II helix);
S — bend;
T — hydrogen-bonded turn;
= — break;
~ — loop (no special secondary structure designation).
-num allows you to get a plot of the number of secondary structures of each type as a function of time at the output.
-hmode selects between using hydrogen atoms directly from the structure (“gromacs” option) and using hydrogen pseudo-atoms based on C and O atom coordinates of previous residue (“dssp” option). You should always use the “dssp” option for structures with absent hydrogen atoms!
-hbond selects between different definitions of hydrogen bond. “energy” means the calculation of a hydrogen bond using the electrostatic interaction energy and “geometry” means the calculation of the hydrogen bond using geometric criterion for the existence of a hydrogen bond.
-nb allows using GROMACS neighbor-search method to find residue pairs that may have a hydrogen bond instead of simply iterating over the residues among themselves.
-cutoff is a real value that defines maximum distance from residue to its neighbor residue used in
-nb. Minimum (and also recommended) value is 0.9.
-clear allows you to ignore the analysis of the secondary structure residues that are missing one or more critical atoms (CA, C, N, O or H). Always use this option together with
-hmode dssp for structures that lack hydrogen atoms!
-pihelix changes pattern-search algorithm towards preference of pi-helices.
-ppstretch defines stretch value of polyproline-helices. “shortened” means stretch with size 2 and “default” means stretch with size 3.
gmx dssp currently is not capable of reproducing the secondary structure of proteins whose structure is determined by methods other than X-ray crystallography (structures in .pdb format with incorrect values in the CRYST1 line) due to the incorrect cell size in such structures.
Please note that the computation is always done in single precision, regardless of the precision for which GROMACS was configured.
Options to specify input files:
-f[<.xtc/.trr/…>] (traj.xtc) (Optional)
-s[<.tpr/.gro/…>] (topol.tpr) (Optional)
-n[<.ndx>] (index.ndx) (Optional)
Extra index groups
Options to specify output files:
Filename for DSSP output
-num[<.xvg>] (num.xvg) (Optional)
Output file name for secondary structures statistics for the trajectory
First frame (ps) to read from trajectory
Last frame (ps) to read from trajectory
Only use frame if t MOD dt == first time (ps)
Unit for time values: fs, ps, ns, us, ms, s
Atoms stored in the trajectory file (if not set, assume first N atoms)
Plot formatting: xmgrace, xmgr, none
Make molecules whole for each frame
Use periodic boundary conditions for distance calculation
Provide selections from files
Selection reference positions: atom, res_com, res_cog, mol_com, mol_cog, whole_res_com, whole_res_cog, whole_mol_com, whole_mol_cog, part_res_com, part_res_cog, part_mol_com, part_mol_cog, dyn_res_com, dyn_res_cog, dyn_mol_com, dyn_mol_cog
Default selection output positions: atom, res_com, res_cog, mol_com, mol_cog, whole_res_com, whole_res_cog, whole_mol_com, whole_mol_cog, part_res_com, part_res_cog, part_mol_com, part_mol_cog, dyn_res_com, dyn_res_cog, dyn_mol_com, dyn_mol_cog
Group for DSSP
Hydrogens pseudoatoms creating mode: gromacs, dssp
Selects between different definitions of hydrogen bond: energy, geometry
Use GROMACS neighbor-search method
Distance from residue to its neighbor residue in neighbor search. Must be >= 0.9
Clear defective residues from the structure
Prefer Pi Helices
Stretch value for PP-helices: shortened, default