Running SZMAP Stabilization CalculationsΒΆ

Assuming the input structures have been prepared as described above, SZMAP grids can be calculated for the region around the ligand as follows:

> szmap -mpi_np 4 -prefix 4std_stbl -stbl -p 4std_prot.oeb.gz -l 4std_lig.oeb.gz

Calculations for complex, apo, and ligand grids will be done (requiring about 40 minutes for this example on Linux using four 2.8GHz processors) and then further processed to yield (complex - apo - ligand) stabilization grids, describing where water is stabilizing or destabilizing the binding reaction. The output consists of the calculated grids in an .oeb.gz file, along with a parameter file and a log file, all with names prefixed with “4std_stbl”.

To run on only a single processor, drop the -mpi_np # option. More information on options can be found in chapter SZMAP.


SZMAP (and GamePlan) will check for missing hydrogens and missing partial charges and halt if they are missing. Sometimes, OEChem will have a different opinion about the charge or bond order than what you expect. For example, if your structure has significantly non-planar geometry around an aromatic or double bond, OEChem may try to treat it as a single bond. The option -warn_if_missing_hydrogens will allow you to run SZMAP and GamePlan despite OEChem thinking there are hydrogens that are not explicitly in your structure. But you may also need to change the formal charge of a polar group before running pch, either in VIDA’s builder or by modifying the structure file using a text editor.