WHAT IF Check report

This file was created 2012-03-27 from WHAT_CHECK output by a conversion script. If you are new to WHAT_CHECK, please study the pdbreport pages. There also exists a legend to the output.

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Verification log for pdb3r4g.ent

Checks that need to be done early-on in validation

Warning: Ligands for which a topology was generated automatically

The topology for the ligands in the table below were determined automatically. WHAT IF uses a local copy of Daan van Aalten's Dundee PRODRG server to automatically generate topology information for ligands. For this PDB file that seems to have gone fine, but 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 first.

 166 4SO   (   1-)  A  -
 170 4SO   ( 208-)  A  -

Administrative problems that can generate validation failures

Warning: Alternate atom problems encountered

The residues listed in the table below have alternate atoms. One of two problems might have been encountered: 1) The software did not properly deal with the alternate atoms; 2) The alternate atom indicators are too wrong to sort out.

Alternate atom indicators in PDB files are known to often be erroneous. It has been observed that alternate atom indicators are missing, or that there are too many of them. It is common to see that the distance between two atoms that should be covalently bound is far too big, but the distance between the alternate A of one of them and alternate B of the other is proper for a covalent bond. We have discovered many, many ways in which alternate atoms can be abused. The software tries to deal with most cases, but we know for sure that it cannot deal with all cases. If an alternate atom indicator problem is not properly solved, subsequent checks will list errors that are based on wrong coordinate combinations. So, any problem listed in this table should be solved before error messages further down in this report can be trusted.

 117 LYS   ( 160-)  A  -
 155 ILE   ( 198-)  A  -

Warning: Alternate atom problems quasi solved

The residues listed in the table below have alternate atoms that WHAT IF decided to correct (e.g. take alternate atom B instead of A for one or more of the atoms). Residues for which the use of alternate atoms is non-standard, but WHAT IF left it that way because he liked the non-standard situation better than other solutions, are listed too in this table.

In case any of these residues shows up as poor or bad in checks further down this report, please check the consistency of the alternate atoms in this residue first, correct it yourself if needed, and run the validation again.

 117 LYS   ( 160-)  A  -
 155 ILE   ( 198-)  A  -

Non-validating, descriptive output paragraph

Note: Ramachandran plot

In this Ramachandran plot x-signs represent glycines, squares represent prolines, and plus-signs represent the other residues. If too many plus- signs fall outside the contoured areas then the molecule is poorly refined (or worse). Proline can only occur in the narrow region around phi=-60 that also falls within the other contour islands.

In a colour picture, the residues that are part of a helix are shown in blue, strand residues in red. Preferred regions for helical residues are drawn in blue, for strand residues in red, and for all other residues in green. A full explanation of the Ramachandran plot together with a series of examples can be found at the WHAT_CHECK website.

Chain identifier: A

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

Warning: Missing atoms

The atoms listed in the table below are missing from the entry. If many atoms are missing, the other checks can become less sensitive. Be aware that it often happens that groups at the termini of DNA or RNA are really missing, so that the absence of these atoms normally is neither an error nor the result of poor electron density. Some of the atoms listed here might also be listed by other checks, most noticeably by the options in the previous section that list missing atoms in several categories. The plausible atoms with zero occupancy are not listed here, as they already got assigned a non-zero occupancy, and thus are no longer 'missing'.

 147 LYS   ( 190-)  A      CD
 147 LYS   ( 190-)  A      CE
 147 LYS   ( 190-)  A      NZ

Warning: Occupancies atoms do not add up to 1.0.

In principle, the occupancy of all alternates of one atom should add up till 1.0. A valid exception is the missing atom (i.e. an atom not seen in the electron density) that is allowed to have a 0.0 occupancy. Sometimes this even happens when there are no alternate atoms given...

Atoms want to move. That is the direct result of the second law of thermodynamics, in a somewhat weird way of thinking. Any way, many atoms seem to have more than one position where they like to sit, and they jump between them. The population difference between those sites (which is related to their energy differences) is seen in the occupancy factors. As also for atoms it is 'to be or not to be', these occupancies should add up to 1.0. Obviously, it is possible that they add up to a number less than 1.0, in cases where there are yet more, but undetected' rotamers/positions in play, but also in those cases a warning is in place as the information shown in the PDB file is less certain than it could have been. The residues listed below contain atoms that have an occupancy greater than zero, but all their alternates do not add up to one.

WARNING. Presently WHAT CHECK only deals with a maximum of two alternate positions. A small number of atoms in the PDB has three alternates. In those cases the warning given here should obviously be neglected! In a next release we will try to fix this.

  14 LYS   (  57-)  A    0.80
  24 LYS   (  67-)  A    0.80
  26 ASP   (  69-)  A    0.80
  43 LYS   (  86-)  A    0.70
  48 LYS   (  91-)  A    0.70
  54 ARG   (  97-)  A    0.90
  69 HIS   ( 112-)  A    0.70
 117 LYS   ( 160-)  A    0.80
 124 LYS   ( 167-)  A    0.80
 140 LYS   ( 183-)  A    0.80
 147 LYS   ( 190-)  A    0.80
 150 ARG   ( 193-)  A    0.50
 154 LYS   ( 197-)  A    0.90
 159 ASP   ( 202-)  A    0.80

Warning: What type of B-factor?

WHAT IF does not yet know well how to cope with B-factors in case TLS has been used. It simply assumes that the B-factor listed on the ATOM and HETATM cards are the total B-factors. When TLS refinement is used that assumption sometimes is not correct. The header of the PDB file states that TLS groups were used. So, if WHAT IF complains about your B-factors, while you think that they are OK, then check for TLS related B-factor problems first.

Obviously, the temperature at which the X-ray data was collected has some importance too:


Number of TLS groups mentione in PDB file header: 0

Crystal temperature (K) :100.000

Warning: More than 5 percent of buried atoms has low B-factor

For normal protein structures, no more than about 1 percent of the B factors of buried atoms is below 5.0. The fact that this value is much higher in the current structure could be a signal that the B-factors were restraints or constraints to too-low values, misuse of B-factor field in the PDB file, or a TLS/scaling problem. If the average B factor is low too, it is probably a low temperature structure determination.

Percentage of buried atoms with B less than 5 : 58.02

Note: B-factor plot

The average atomic B-factor per residue is plotted as function of the residue number.

Chain identifier: A

Nomenclature related problems

Warning: Arginine nomenclature problem

The arginine residues listed in the table below have their N-H-1 and N-H-2 swapped.

 150 ARG   ( 193-)  A

Warning: Tyrosine convention problem

The tyrosine residues listed in the table below have their chi-2 not between -90.0 and 90.0

   6 TYR   (  49-)  A

Warning: Phenylalanine convention problem

The phenylalanine residues listed in the table below have their chi-2 not between -90.0 and 90.0.

 111 PHE   ( 154-)  A

Warning: Aspartic acid convention problem

The aspartic acid residues listed in the table below have their chi-2 not between -90.0 and 90.0, or their proton on OD1 instead of OD2.

  10 ASP   (  53-)  A
 119 ASP   ( 162-)  A
 159 ASP   ( 202-)  A

Geometric checks

Warning: Low bond length variability

Bond lengths were found to deviate less than normal from the mean Engh and Huber [REF] and/or Parkinson et al [REF] standard bond lengths. The RMS Z-score given below is expected to be near 1.0 for a normally restrained data set. The fact that it is lower than 0.667 in this structure might indicate that too-strong restraints have been used in the refinement. This can only be a problem for high resolution X-ray structures.

RMS Z-score for bond lengths: 0.348
RMS-deviation in bond distances: 0.008

Warning: Low bond angle variability

Bond angles were found to deviate less than normal from the standard bond angles (normal values for protein residues were taken from Engh and Huber [REF], for DNA/RNA from Parkinson et al [REF]). The RMS Z-score given below is expected to be near 1.0 for a normally restrained data set. The fact that it is lower than 0.667 in this structure might indicate that too-strong restraints have been used in the refinement. This can only be a problem for high resolution X-ray structures.

RMS Z-score for bond angles: 0.644
RMS-deviation in bond angles: 1.266

Error: Nomenclature error(s)

Checking for a hand-check. WHAT IF has over the course of this session already corrected the handedness of atoms in several residues. These were administrative corrections. These residues are listed here.

  10 ASP   (  53-)  A
 119 ASP   ( 162-)  A
 150 ARG   ( 193-)  A
 159 ASP   ( 202-)  A

Torsion-related checks

Warning: Torsion angle evaluation shows unusual residues

The residues listed in the table below contain bad or abnormal torsion angles.

These scores give an impression of how `normal' the torsion angles in protein residues are. All torsion angles except omega are used for calculating a `normality' score. Average values and standard deviations were obtained from the residues in the WHAT IF database. These are used to calculate Z-scores. A residue with a Z-score of below -2.0 is poor, and a score of less than -3.0 is worrying. For such residues more than one torsion angle is in a highly unlikely position.

  59 PHE   ( 102-)  A    -2.3
  60 MET   ( 103-)  A    -2.3
 108 GLY   ( 151-)  A    -2.1
  28 VAL   (  71-)  A    -2.0

Warning: Backbone evaluation reveals unusual conformations

The residues listed in the table below have abnormal backbone torsion angles.

Residues with `forbidden' phi-psi combinations are listed, as well as residues with unusual omega angles (deviating by more than 3 sigma from the normal value). Please note that it is normal if about 5 percent of the residues is listed here as having unusual phi-psi combinations.

  10 ASP   (  53-)  A  omega poor
  51 THR   (  94-)  A  omega poor
  58 SER   ( 101-)  A  Poor phi/psi
  59 PHE   ( 102-)  A  Poor phi/psi
  69 HIS   ( 112-)  A  Poor phi/psi
  70 ASN   ( 113-)  A  Poor phi/psi
 105 ASN   ( 148-)  A  Poor phi/psi
 chi-1/chi-2 correlation Z-score : 0.290

Warning: Unusual backbone conformations

For the residues listed in the table below, the backbone formed by itself and two neighbouring residues on either side is in a conformation that is not seen very often in the database of solved protein structures. The number given in the table is the number of similar backbone conformations in the database with the same amino acid in the centre.

For this check, backbone conformations are compared with database structures using C-alpha superpositions with some restraints on the backbone oxygen positions.

A residue mentioned in the table can be part of a strange loop, or there might be something wrong with it or its directly surrounding residues. There are a few of these in every protein, but in any case it is worth looking at!

  11 ALA   (  54-)  A      0
  15 PRO   (  58-)  A      0
  16 LEU   (  59-)  A      0
  18 ARG   (  61-)  A      0
  24 LYS   (  67-)  A      0
  25 ALA   (  68-)  A      0
  27 VAL   (  70-)  A      0
  28 VAL   (  71-)  A      0
  42 GLU   (  85-)  A      0
  43 LYS   (  86-)  A      0
  45 PHE   (  88-)  A      0
  47 TYR   (  90-)  A      0
  48 LYS   (  91-)  A      0
  50 SER   (  93-)  A      0
  52 PHE   (  95-)  A      0
  53 HIS   (  96-)  A      0
  54 ARG   (  97-)  A      0
  57 PRO   ( 100-)  A      0
  58 SER   ( 101-)  A      0
  59 PHE   ( 102-)  A      0
  60 MET   ( 103-)  A      0
  63 ALA   ( 106-)  A      0
  67 THR   ( 110-)  A      0
  69 HIS   ( 112-)  A      0
  70 ASN   ( 113-)  A      0
And so on for a total of 80 lines.

Bump checks

Error: Abnormally short interatomic distances

The pairs of atoms listed in the table below have an unusually short interactomic distance; each bump is listed in only one direction.

The contact distances of all atom pairs have been checked. Two atoms are said to `bump' if they are closer than the sum of their Van der Waals radii minus 0.40 Angstrom. For hydrogen bonded pairs a tolerance of 0.55 Angstrom is used. The first number in the table tells you how much shorter that specific contact is than the acceptable limit. The second distance is the distance between the centres of the two atoms. Although we believe that two water atoms at 2.4 A distance are too close, we only report water pairs that are closer than this rather short distance.

The last text-item on each line represents the status of the atom pair. If the final column contains the text 'HB', the bump criterion was relaxed because there could be a hydrogen bond. Similarly relaxed criteria are used for 1-3 and 1-4 interactions (listed as 'B2' and 'B3', respectively). BL indicates that the B-factors of the clashing atoms have a low B-factor thereby making this clash even more worrisome. INTRA and INTER indicate whether the clashes are between atoms in the same asymmetric unit, or atoms in symmetry related asymmetric units, respectively.

  22 GLU   (  65-)  A    A OE2 <->  171 HOH   ( 590 )  A    B O      0.73    1.67  INTRA BL
 166 4SO   (   1-)  A      NAG <->  171 HOH   ( 491 )  A      O      0.14    2.56  INTRA BL
  99 MET   ( 142-)  A      SD  <->  128 PHE   ( 171-)  A      CE1    0.04    3.36  INTRA BL
  64 GLY   ( 107-)  A      N   <->  171 HOH   ( 377 )  A      O      0.03    2.67  INTRA BL
  22 GLU   (  65-)  A    A CD  <->  171 HOH   ( 590 )  A    B O      0.03    2.77  INTRA BL

Packing, accessibility and threading

Note: Inside/Outside RMS Z-score plot

The Inside/Outside distribution normality RMS Z-score over a 15 residue window is plotted as function of the residue number. High areas in the plot (above 1.5) indicate unusual inside/outside patterns.

Chain identifier: A

Warning: Abnormal packing environment for some residues

The residues listed in the table below have an unusual packing environment.

The packing environment of the residues is compared with the average packing environment for all residues of the same type in good PDB files. A low packing score can indicate one of several things: Poor packing, misthreading of the sequence through the density, crystal contacts, contacts with a co-factor, or the residue is part of the active site. It is not uncommon to see a few of these, but in any case this requires further inspection of the residue.

  81 ARG   ( 124-)  A      -5.59
  78 TYR   ( 121-)  A      -5.24

Note: Quality value plot

The quality value smoothed over a 10 residue window is plotted as function of the residue number. Low areas in the plot (below -2.0) indicate unusual packing.

Chain identifier: A

Warning: Low packing Z-score for some residues

The residues listed in the table below have an unusual packing environment according to the 2nd generation packing check. The score listed in the table is a packing normality Z-score: positive means better than average, negative means worse than average. Only residues scoring less than -2.50 are listed here. These are the unusual residues in the structure, so it will be interesting to take a special look at them.

   1 GLY   (  44-)  A   -3.08
 150 ARG   ( 193-)  A   -2.79

Note: Second generation quality Z-score plot

The second generation quality Z-score smoothed over a 10 residue window is plotted as function of the residue number. Low areas in the plot (below -1.3) indicate unusual packing.

Chain identifier: A

Water, ion, and hydrogenbond related checks

Warning: Water molecules need moving

The water molecules listed in the table below were found to be significantly closer to a symmetry related non-water molecule than to the ones given in the coordinate file. For optimal viewing convenience revised coordinates for these water molecules should be given.

The number in brackets is the identifier of the water molecule in the input file. Suggested coordinates are also given in the table. Please note that alternative conformations for protein residues are not taken into account for this calculation. If you are using WHAT IF / WHAT-CHECK interactively, then the moved waters can be found in PDB format in the file: MOVEDH2O.pdb.

 171 HOH   ( 386 )  A    B O     21.62    1.49   32.96
 171 HOH   ( 418 )  A    B O      5.44   16.07    3.69
 171 HOH   ( 459 )  A      O      7.75   13.57   43.42
 171 HOH   ( 534 )  A      O      2.97   22.18   11.55
 171 HOH   ( 538 )  A      O     -0.48   24.33   19.47
 171 HOH   ( 606 )  A      O     22.29   11.19   38.74

Error: Water molecules without hydrogen bonds

The water molecules listed in the table below do not form any hydrogen bonds, neither with the protein or DNA/RNA, nor with other water molecules. This is a strong indication of a refinement problem. The last number on each line is the identifier of the water molecule in the input file.

 171 HOH   ( 558 )  A      O

Warning: Buried unsatisfied hydrogen bond donors

The buried hydrogen bond donors listed in the table below have a hydrogen atom that is not involved in a hydrogen bond in the optimized hydrogen bond network.

Hydrogen bond donors that are buried inside the protein normally use all of their hydrogens to form hydrogen bonds within the protein. If there are any non hydrogen bonded buried hydrogen bond donors in the structure they will be listed here. In very good structures the number of listed atoms will tend to zero.

Waters are not listed by this option.

  12 ASN   (  55-)  A      ND2
  67 THR   ( 110-)  A      OG1
  86 ASN   ( 129-)  A      N
 116 ILE   ( 159-)  A      N
 150 ARG   ( 193-)  A    A NH1
 153 LYS   ( 196-)  A      N
 169 GOL   ( 211-)  A    A O2

Warning: Unusual water packing

We implemented the ion valence determination method of Brown and Wu [REF] similar to Nayal and Di Cera [REF] and Mueller, Koepke and Sheldrick [REF]. It must be stated that the validation of ions in PDB files is very difficult. Ideal ion-ligand distances often differ no more than 0.1 Angstrom, and in a 2.0 Angstrom resolution structure 0.1 Angstrom is not very much. Nayal and Di Cera showed that this method nevertheless has great potential for detecting water molecules that actually should be metal ions. The method has not been extensively validated, though. Part of our implementation (comparing waters with multiple ion types) is even fully new and despite that we see it work well in the few cases that are trivial, we must emphasize that this method is untested.

The score listed is the valency score. This number should be close to (preferably a bit above) 1.0 for the suggested ion to be a likely alternative for the water molecule. Ions listed in brackets are good alternate choices. *1 indicates that the suggested ion-type has been observed elsewhere in the PDB file too. *2 indicates that the suggested ion-type has been observed in the REMARK 280 cards of the PDB file. Ion-B and ION-B indicate that the B-factor of this water is high, or very high, respectively. H2O-B indicates that the B-factors of atoms that surround this water/ion are suspicious. See: swift.cmbi.ru.nl/teach/theory/ for a detailed explanation.

 171 HOH   ( 343 )  A    A O  1.07 MG  4
 171 HOH   ( 349 )  A      O  1.08  K  4
 171 HOH   ( 553 )  A      O  0.87 NA  7 (or CA) Ion-B

Final summary

Note: Summary report for users of a structure

This is an overall summary of the quality of the structure as compared with current reliable structures. This summary is most useful for biologists seeking a good structure to use for modelling calculations.

The second part of the table mostly gives an impression of how well the model conforms to common refinement restraint values. The first part of the table shows a number of global quality indicators.


Structure Z-scores, positive is better than average:

  1st generation packing quality :  -0.161
  2nd generation packing quality :  -1.806
  Ramachandran plot appearance   :  -0.008
  chi-1/chi-2 rotamer normality  :   0.290
  Backbone conformation          :  -0.328

RMS Z-scores, should be close to 1.0:
  Bond lengths                   :   0.348 (tight)
  Bond angles                    :   0.644 (tight)
  Omega angle restraints         :   1.144
  Side chain planarity           :   0.500 (tight)
  Improper dihedral distribution :   0.620
  Inside/Outside distribution    :   0.917

Note: Summary report for depositors of a structure

This is an overall summary of the quality of the X-ray structure as compared with structures solved at similar resolutions. This summary can be useful for a crystallographer to see if the structure makes the best possible use of the data. Warning. This table works well for structures solved in the resolution range of the structures in the WHAT IF database, which is presently (summer 2008) mainly 1.1 - 1.3 Angstrom. The further the resolution of your file deviates from this range the more meaningless this table becomes.

The second part of the table mostly gives an impression of how well the model conforms to common refinement restraint values. The first part of the table shows a number of global quality indicators, which have been calibrated against structures of similar resolution.

Resolution found in PDB file : 1.05


Structure Z-scores, positive is better than average:

  1st generation packing quality :   0.1
  2nd generation packing quality :  -1.5
  Ramachandran plot appearance   :  -0.5
  chi-1/chi-2 rotamer normality  :  -0.3
  Backbone conformation          :  -0.6

RMS Z-scores, should be close to 1.0:
  Bond lengths                   :   0.348 (tight)
  Bond angles                    :   0.644 (tight)
  Omega angle restraints         :   1.144
  Side chain planarity           :   0.500 (tight)
  Improper dihedral distribution :   0.620
  Inside/Outside distribution    :   0.917
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