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NOTE: Secondary Structure (SS) assignment is done for amino acids alone, and only the first chain of every frame is read and processed so as to avoid confusing the user. If you must work with many chains, you must submit them separately (otherwise only the first chain will be processed).
We have developed ProSSA for (Hydrogen-Bond-Independent) Proteins' Secondary Structure Assignment). ProSSA requires only the coordinates of CA atoms and works independent of hydrogen-bond patterns of the protein’s residues. Therefore, ProSSA can be used for secondary structure (SS) assignment to protein's amino acids following coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of protein molecules or whenever all-atom information is lacking. ProSSA provides a reliable and accurate solution to an important problem in protein science. (Until we developed ProSSA, the problem had been the lack of a "reliable and accurate" method for SS assignment to protein's amino acids whenever all-atom information as well as hydrogen-bond information is not available).
ProSSA is based on deep learning and an in-house implementation of a novel and reliable algorithm for automatic SS assignment using the coordinates of alpha carbon (CAC) atoms alone.
At this point we must emphasize that SS assignment by ProSSA is different from (and is much more rigorous than) SS prediction from amino acids sequence. For example, while SS assignment by ProSSA can differentiate between two different frames from an MD simulation's trajectory, SS prediction from amino acids sequence cannot. Such additional information that ProSSA provides even following CG MD simulations (and regardless of whether hydrogen-bond information and all-atom information are available or not) are of great importance to structural, molecular, and computational biology/biologist. Please, see the results of some examples of such frame-to-frame SS assignment on these pages.  Unfolding of a Native Protein to a Fully-Stretched Form.  Trajectory from a Search for Folding/Melting Temperature of a Protein.  Trajectory from a Monte Carlo Simulation of a Protein. Be sure to step through the frame-to-frame visualizations of each molecule at the end of each page. We believe you will like it.
We have compared the results from ProSSA to those from Dictionary of Protein Secondary Structure (DSSP1 as well as its variants, which is widely seen as the gold standard for automatic SS assignment) and STRIDE2(which is shipped with Visual Molecular Dynamics). Requiring only CAC (i.e. not requiring all-atom and hydrogen-bonding information), ProSSA achieves an unprecedented agreement of 96% (and 94%) with DSSP (and STRIDE) that require all-atom and hydrogen-bonding information.
Selected references 1 Kabsch, W. & Sander, C. Dictionary of protein secondary structure: pattern recognition of hydrogen-bonded and geometrical features. Biopolymers22, 2577–2637 (1983). 2 Heinig, M. & Frishman, D. STRIDE: A web server for secondary structure assignment from known atomic coordinates of proteins. Nucleic Acids Res.32, 500–502 (2004).
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