Tutorials on How to Use RasMol and Chime
A good way to do these tutorials is to have three windows open at once
on your screen. View the text of the tutorial in
a web browser window while simultaneously viewing the subject molecule
in the RasMol graphics window, and typing commands in RasMol's command-line
For further information, consult the
RasMol Manual and our
- RasMol Quick Start, by Eric Martz, UMass
Amherst MA US helps novices get started, using and providing
guidance to some of the resources at the RasMol
Classic Main Page.
- What can you learn about a protein/DNA molecule
with RasMol? by Eric Martz, UMass, Amherst MA US This beginner-level tutorial goes through some of the
most important questions you can ask about any molecule, showing how to
use RasMol's menus and command line window. A protein:DNA complex
is used as a concrete example in the first chapter; then the second chapter
guides you through critical questions for any molecule of your choice.
- Select Commands in Chime and RasMol,
by Eric Martz, UMass, Amherst MA US. A comprehensive introduction to
how to select or restrict (hide) atoms, residues, chains, ligands,
groups of residues (such as hydrophobic or charged), and nearest neighbors.
Introduction to Molecular Modeling: A Tutorial for RasMol, by Gale Rhodes,
U Southern Maine, Portland ME US. Introduces undergraduate biochemistry
students and other beginners to the Protein Data Bank and RasMol, while
reviewing basic concepts in protein structure.
- Protein Structure Tutorial by Andrew Coulson, University
of Edinburgh UK.
A click-by-click explanation of how to use RasMol to
visualize the main structural features of globular proteins. Below on this page
are the PDB files for the Coulson Tutorial. Users in
Australia: there is a
hypertext version of this tutorial on your continent.
- A Manual for
Molecular Viewing using RasMol by David Marcey, Kenyon College, Gambier
OH US. A short tutorial for RasMol novices which explores RasMol
basics. It does not specify any particular molecule, so you'll first need to
download the PDB file of your choice.
Structure and Packing of the Alpha Helix, by Duane Sears and Debbie
Richards, University of California, Santa Barbara. A detailed
exploration of the structure of sperm whale oxymyoglobin, emphasizing use
of the RasMol command line.
Structure and Packing of the Beta Pleated Sheet, by Duane Sears,
Tina Leuthard, Jason Gines, and Debbie Richards, University of
California, Santa Barbara. A detailed exploration of the structures
of the plant lectin concanavalin A, and the enzymes carboxypeptidase A and
triose phosphate isomerase, emphasizing use of the RasMol command
PDB Files for Coulson Tutorial:
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