Previously, we provided a tutorial on the installation of idock on Ubuntu (Linux). In this article, we are going to demonstrate the docking of a metal ion (such as Zn, Mg, Fe, etc.,) with a protein using idock.
idock  tool is based on Autodock Vina. It also requires input files of the receptor and the ligand in PDBQT format.
Preparing protein & ligand
You have to prepare your protein and ligand of interest in pdbqt format. You can do it using Autodock tools. The procedure will remain the same. Define the pocket in the protein and save it as a PDBQT file. For more details, read this article for site-specific docking and this one for blind docking. All the steps are explained in these articles. Save the ligand in a directory.
Preparing configuration file
Prepare a configuration file for docking. Mention all coordinates of the grid box in this file and save it with an appropriate name. Here, we are saving it as ‘conf.txt‘. For more details on preparing configuration files, read the above-mentioned articles. Although configuration file is optional, you can pass all the coordinates and necessary information such as log file name, etc., in the command line as arguments. It is shown in the following section.
Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and paste the following command:
$ idock --config conf.txt
Without the configuration file, run the following command:
$ idock --receptor protein.pdbqt --input_folder /path/to/ligand folder/zn --output_folder output --center_x 59.022 --center_y -38.123 --center_z 36.653 --size_x 40 --size_y 40 --size_z 40
It will take a few moments to finish docking depending upon the size of the protein.
- Li, H., Leung, K. S., & Wong, M. H. (2012, May). idock: A multithreaded virtual screening tool for flexible ligand docking. In 2012 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CIBCB) (pp. 77-84). IEEE.
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