I posted to a wrong list of Modeller, so I got no answer. Here the
latest from my efforts, trying with a single chain to simplify.
My pdb file ends like:
HETATM 3346 CLA BLK A 859 78.668 51.520 63.082 1.00 26.90 CLA
In the ali file, CLA is represented as a dot "." in both the
structure and the sequence, without "/", i.e., CLA is in the same
Models are built as if they had good DOPE score, though the log file complains:
iup2crm_280W> No topology library in memory or assigning a BLK residue.
Default CHARMM atom type assigned: CLA --> CT2
This message is written only for the first such atom.
Although I am unfamiliar with CHARMM (I use Amber), I understand that
my setting of BLK is incorrect, CLA is represented by a wrong atom
type (CT2 stands for some carbon?). I tried variants, vainly.
I looked at toppar files on the web, being unable to find the
ten-entries long range and 1-4 non-bonded soft sphere terms for CLA
to introduce in my /modlib/modeller/radii.lib. Such parameterization
is available for SOD (just to talk about a single-atom ion) both on
the toppar files and in Modeller itself, just in the radii.lib and
What I am trying is to represent CLA (chloride ion) as accurately as
possible, even if I am aware that the effective spatial situation
depends on the environment (in particular the balance between ionic
and covalent bonding) so that any set of literature data for CLA will
hardly fit accurately my situation.