WHAT IF Check report

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Verification log for /srv/data/pdb/flat/pdb6bkm.ent

Checks that need to be done early-on in validation

Note: Introduction

WHAT CHECK needs to read a PDB file before it can check it. It does a series of checks upon reading the file. The results of these checks are reported in this section (section 2.1). The rest of the report will be more systematic in that section 2.2 reports on administrative problems. Section 2.3 gives descriptive output that is not directly validating things but more telling you how WHAT CHECK interpreted the input file. Section 2.4 looks at B-factors, occupancies, and the presence/absence of (spurious) atoms. Section 2.5 deals with nomenclature problems. Section 2.6 deals with geometric problems like bond lengths and bond angles. Section 2.7 deals with torsion angle issues. Section 2.8 looks at atomic clashes. Section 2.9 deals with packing, accessibility, etc, issues. Section 2.10 deals with hydrogen bonds, ion packing, and other things that can be summarized under the common name charge-charge interactions. Section 2.11 gives a summary of whole report and tells you (if applicable) which symmetry matrices were used. Section 2.12 tells the crystallographer which are the things most in need of manual correction. And the last section, section 2.13, lists all residues sorted by their need for visual inspection in light of the electron density.

Note: Header records from PDB file

Header records from PDB file.

HEADER    VIRAL PROTEIN                           09-NOV-17   6BKM
CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF THE A/HONG KONG/1/1968 (H3N2) INFLUENZA VIRUS
 HEMAGGLUTININ E190D MUTANT APO FORM
INFLUENZA, HEMAGGLUTININ, RECEPTOR, VIRAL PROTEIN
JRNL        N.C.WU,A.J.THOMPSON,J.XIE,C.W.LIN,C.M.NYCHOLAT,X.ZHU,
JRNL        R.A.LERNER,J.C.PAULSON,I.A.WILSON
JRNL        A COMPLEX EPISTATIC NETWORK LIMITS THE MUTATIONAL
JRNL        REVERSIBILITY IN THE INFLUENZA HEMAGGLUTININ
JRNL        RECEPTOR-BINDING SITE.
JRNL        REF    NAT COMMUN                    V.   9  1264 2018
JRNL        REFN                   ESSN 2041-1723
JRNL        PMID   29593268
JRNL        DOI    10.1038/S41467-018-03663-5

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry RMS plot

The plot shows the RMS differences between two similar chains on a residue- by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show a high RMS value, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: A and C

All-atom RMS fit for the two chains : 0.483
CA-only RMS fit for the two chains : 0.297

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry backbone difference plot

The plot shows the differences in backbone torsion angles between two similar chains on a residue-by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show high differences, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: A and C

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry RMS plot

The plot shows the RMS differences between two similar chains on a residue- by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show a high RMS value, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: A and E

All-atom RMS fit for the two chains : 0.526
CA-only RMS fit for the two chains : 0.346

Note: Low non-crystallographic symmetry phi and psi differences

All comparable residues in the two chains mentioned below have comparable backbone torsion angles

Chain identifiers of the two chains: A and E

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry RMS plot

The plot shows the RMS differences between two similar chains on a residue- by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show a high RMS value, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: B and D

All-atom RMS fit for the two chains : 0.418
CA-only RMS fit for the two chains : 0.214

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry backbone difference plot

The plot shows the differences in backbone torsion angles between two similar chains on a residue-by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show high differences, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: B and D

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry RMS plot

The plot shows the RMS differences between two similar chains on a residue- by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show a high RMS value, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: B and F

All-atom RMS fit for the two chains : 0.416
CA-only RMS fit for the two chains : 0.201

Note: Low non-crystallographic symmetry phi and psi differences

All comparable residues in the two chains mentioned below have comparable backbone torsion angles

Chain identifiers of the two chains: B and F

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry RMS plot

The plot shows the RMS differences between two similar chains on a residue- by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show a high RMS value, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: C and E

All-atom RMS fit for the two chains : 0.598
CA-only RMS fit for the two chains : 0.389

Note: Non crystallographic symmetry backbone difference plot

The plot shows the differences in backbone torsion angles between two similar chains on a residue-by-residue basis. Individual "spikes" can be indicative of interesting or wrong residues. If all residues show high differences, the structure could be incorrectly refined.

Chain identifiers of the two chains: C and E

Note: NCS statistics suppressed

There are more pairs of NCS equivalent molecules, but the statistics will not be shown.

Note: Counting molecules and matrices

The parameter Z as given on the CRYST card represents the molecular multiplicity in the crystallographic cell. Z equals the number of matrices of the space group multiplied by the number of NCS relations. These numbers seem to be consistent.

Space group as read from CRYST card: C 1 2 1
Number of matrices in space group: 4
Highest polymer chain multiplicity in structure: 3
Highest polymer chain multiplicity according to SEQRES: 3
No explicit MTRIX NCS matrices found in the input file
Value of Z as found on the CRYST1 card: 12
Z, spacegroup, and NCS seem to agree administratively

Note: Matthews coefficient OK

The Matthews coefficient [REF] is defined as the density of the protein structure in cubic Angstroms per Dalton. Normal values are between 1.5 (tightly packed, little room for solvent) and 4.0 (loosely packed, much space for solvent). Some very loosely packed structures can get values a bit higher than that.

Molecular weight of all polymer chains: 163671.172
Volume of the Unit Cell V= 1959787.8
Space group multiplicity: 4
No NCS symmetry matrices (MTRIX records) found in PDB file
Matthews coefficient for observed atoms and Z: Vm= 2.993
BIOMT matrices observed in the PDB file: 3
Matthews coefficient read from REMARK 280 Vm= 2.940
Vm by authors and this calculated Vm agree well

Note: All atoms are sufficiently far away from symmetry axes

None of the atoms in the structure is closer than 0.77 Angstrom to a proper symmetry axis.

Note: Chain identifiers OK

WHAT CHECK has not detected any serious chain identifier problems. But be aware that WHAT CHECK doesn't care about the chain identifiers of waters.

Warning: Ligands for which a topology was generated automatically

The topology for the ligands in the table below were determined automatically. WHAT CHECK uses a local copy of the CCP4 monomer library to generate topology information for ligands. Be aware that automatic topology generation is a complicated task. So, if you get messages that you fail to understand or that you believe are wrong, and one of these ligands is involved, then check the ligand topology entry first. This topology is either present in the monomer library, or as a libcheck-generated file in the local directory.

 1488 BMA  ( 403-) A  -
 1489 BMA  ( 407-) A  -
 1490 BMA  ( 505-) C  -
 1491 MAN  ( 506-) C  -
 1492 BMA  ( 504-) E  -
 1493 MAN  ( 505-) E  -
 1494 TAM  ( 507-) E  -

Warning: Covalently bound ligands

The ligands in this table are covalently bound to something else. It is already difficult to automatically generate topologies for ligands, but when they are covalently bound to something it becomes even more complicated to do everything right. So, if you get weird error messages that seem related to this covalent bond, then please feel free to ignore those, or even better, make a topology entry by hand.

The comment `Other ligand` indicates that the covalent bond is to another ligand. In that case you might want to convert the two ligands into one bigger ligand.

 1488 BMA  ( 403-) A  -
 1489 BMA  ( 407-) A  -
 1490 BMA  ( 505-) C  -
 1492 BMA  ( 504-) E  -

Administrative problems that can generate validation failures

Note: No strange inter-chain connections detected

No covalent bonds have been detected between molecules with non-identical chain identifiers.

Note: No duplicate atom names in ligands

All atom names in ligands (if any) seem adequately unique.

Note: In all cases the primary alternate atom was used

WHAT CHECK saw no need to make any alternate atom corrections (which means they either are all correct, or there are none).

Note: No residues detected inside ligands

Either this structure does not contain ligands with amino acid groups inside it, or their naming is proper (enough).

Warning: Groups attached to potentially hydrogen-bonding atoms

Residues were observed with groups attached to (or very near to) atoms that potentially can form hydrogen bonds. WHAT CHECK is not very good at dealing with such exceptional cases (Mainly because it's author is not...). So be warned that the hydrogen-bonding related analyses of these residues might be in error.

For example, an aspartic acid can be protonated on one of its delta oxygens. This is possible because the one delta oxygen 'helps' the other one holding that proton. However, if a delta oxygen has a group bound to it, then it can no longer 'help' the other delta oxygen bind the proton. However, both delta oxygens, in principle, can still be hydrogen bond acceptors. Such problems can occur in the amino acids Asp, Glu, and His. I have opted, for now to simply allow no hydrogen bonds at all for any atom in any side chain that somewhere has a 'funny' group attached to it. I know this is wrong, but there are only 12 hours in a day.

 1471 NAG  ( 402-) A  -    O4  bound to  1488 BMA  ( 403-) A  -    C1
 1474 NAG  ( 406-) A  -    O4  bound to  1489 BMA  ( 407-) A  -    C1
 1480 NAG  ( 504-) C  -    O4  bound to  1490 BMA  ( 505-) C  -    C1
 1486 NAG  ( 503-) E  -    O4  bound to  1492 BMA  ( 504-) E  -    C1

Note: No probable side chain atoms with zero occupancy detected.

Either there are no side chain atoms with zero occupancy, or the side chain atoms with zero occupancy were not present in the input PDB file (in which case they are listed as missing atoms), or their positions are sufficiently improbable to warrant a zero occupancy.

Note: No probable backbone atoms with zero occupancy detected.

Either there are no backbone atoms with zero occupancy, or the backbone atoms with zero occupancy were left out of the input PDB file (in which case they are listed as missing atoms), or their positions are sufficiently improbable to warrant a zero occupancy.

Note: All residues have a complete backbone.

No residues have missing backbone atoms.

Note: No C-alpha only residues

There are no residues that consist of only an alpha carbon atom.

Non-validating, descriptive output paragraph

Note: Content of the PDB file as interpreted by WHAT CHECK

Content of the PDB file as interpreted by WHAT CHECK. WHAT CHECK has read your PDB file, and stored it internally in what is called 'the soup'. The content of this soup is listed here. An extensive explanation of all frequently used WHAT CHECK output formats can be found at swift.cmbi.ru.nl. Look under output formats. A course on reading this 'Molecules' table is part of the WHAT CHECK website.

     1     1 (    9)   321 (  329) A Protein             To check
     2   322 (    1)   493 (  172) B Protein             To check
     3   494 (    9)   810 (  325) C Protein             To check
     4   811 (    1)   981 (  171) D Protein             To check
     5   982 (    9)  1298 (  325) E Protein             To check
     6  1299 (    1)  1469 (  171) F Protein             To check
     7  1470 (  401)  1470 (  401) A Sugar               To check
     8  1471 (  402)  1471 (  402) A Sugar<-             To check
     9  1472 (  404)  1472 (  404) A Sugar               To check
    10  1473 (  405)  1473 (  405) A Sugar               To check
    11  1474 (  406)  1474 (  406) A Sugar<-             To check
    12  1475 (  408)  1475 (  408) A Sugar               To check
    13  1476 (  409)  1476 (  409) A Sugar               To check
    14  1477 (  501)  1477 (  501) C Sugar               To check
    15  1478 (  502)  1478 (  502) C Sugar               To check
And so on for a total of 37 lines.

Some numbers...

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: A

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: B

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: C

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: D

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: E

Note: Ramachandran plot

Chain identifier: F

Note: Secondary structure

Secondary structure assignment

Coordinate problems, unexpected atoms, B-factor and occupancy checks

Note: No rounded coordinates detected

Note: No artificial side chains detected

Note: No missing atoms detected in residues

Warning: B-factors outside the range 0.0 - 100.0



Note: C-terminus capping




Note: Weights administratively correct

Note: Normal distribution of occupancy values



Note: All occupancies seem to add up to 0.0 - 1.0.

Warning: What type of B-factor?



Note: Number of buried atoms with low B-factor is OK

Note: B-factor distribution normal



Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: A

Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: B

Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: C

Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: D

Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: E

Note: B-factor plot

Chain identifier: F

Nomenclature related problems

Note: Introduction to the nomenclature section.

Note: Valine nomenclature OK

Note: Threonine nomenclature OK

Note: Isoleucine nomenclature OK

Note: Leucine nomenclature OK

Note: Arginine nomenclature OK

Warning: Tyrosine convention problem


Note: Phenylalanine torsion conventions OK

Note: Aspartic acid torsion conventions OK

Warning: Glutamic acid convention problem


Note: Phosphate group names OK in DNA/RNA

Note: Heavy atom naming OK

Note: No decreasing residue numbers

Geometric checks

Note: All bond lengths OK

Note: Normal bond length variability


Warning: Possible cell scaling problem

SCALE matrix obtained from PDB file


Unit Cell deformation matrix


Proposed new scale matrix


With corresponding cell


The CRYST1 cell dimensions



Warning: Unusual bond angles


Note: Normal bond angle variability


Error: Nomenclature error(s)


Note: Chirality OK

Note: Improper dihedral angle distribution OK

Note: Tau angles OK

Note: Normal tau angle deviations

Note: Side chain planarity OK

Note: Atoms connected to aromatic rings OK

Torsion-related checks

Note: Ramachandran Z-score OK

Note: Ramachandran check

Warning: Torsion angle evaluation shows unusual residues


Warning: Backbone evaluation reveals unusual conformations


Error: Chi-1/chi-2 rotamer problems


Note: chi-1/chi-2 angle correlation Z-score OK

Warning: Unusual rotamers


Warning: Unusual backbone conformations


Note: Backbone conformation Z-score OK

Note: Omega angle restraint OK

Warning: Unusual PRO puckering amplitudes


Warning: Unusual PRO puckering phases


Warning: Backbone oxygen evaluation


Warning: Possible peptide flips


Bump checks

Error: Abnormally short interatomic distances


Note: Some notes regarding these bumps









Packing, accessibility and threading

Note: Inside/outside distribution check

Note: Inside/Outside residue distribution normal

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: A

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: B

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: C

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: D

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: E

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

Chain identifier: F

Warning: Abnormal packing environment for some residues


Warning: Abnormal packing environment for sequential residues


Note: Structural average packing environment OK

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: A

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: B

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: C

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: D

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: E

Note: Quality value plot

Chain identifier: F

Warning: Low packing Z-score for some residues


Note: No series of residues with abnormal new packing environment

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: A

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: B

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: C

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: D

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: E

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

Chain identifier: F

Water, ion, and hydrogen bond related checks

Note: Crystallisation conditions from REMARK 280


Error: Water clusters without contacts with non-water atoms


Note: No waters need moving

Error: Water molecules without hydrogen bonds


Error: His, Asn, Gln side chain flips


Note: Histidine type assignments


Warning: Buried unsatisfied hydrogen bond donors


Warning: Buried unsatisfied hydrogen bond acceptors


Note: Some notes regarding these donors and acceptors


















Note: Content of the PDB file as interpreted by WHAT CHECK


Final summary

Note: Summary report







Suggestions for the refinement process

Note: Introduction to refinement recommendations

Note: No crippling problems detected

Note: Cell parameter anomaly

Error: Bumps in your structure

Note: Bond length variabilty Z-score low

Note: His, Asn, Gln side chain flips.

Note: Free floating waters

Residues in need of attention

Warning: Troublesome residues