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The Continuous Symmetry Measure for Proteins

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# ProteinCSM


The ProteinCSM program calculates continuous symmetry and chirality measures of protein homomers in pdb format.
Please note that pdb files should be cleaned prior to calculation. Our code pdb_prep can be used for this purpose (


After installation, the program can be called from the command line. For example:

`proteincsm c2 inputmol.pdb output.pdb --optional-args`

You can access a help menu with a list of all available options via `proteincsm -h`


proteincsm can be installed on Windows and Linux machines.


Before installing CSM, please install:

* Openbabel (,
version 2.4.0 or later.
* openbabel's python bindings (`pip install openbabel`)
* numpy (`pip install numpy`)

Because installing openbabel correctly is a delicate and bug-prone process, an alternative method of installing
ProteinCSM is available using Conda, and is described in the file conda_install_instructions.txt


ProteinCSM can be installed using:

`pip install proteincsm`

You can also install ProteinCSM from the source.


Please cite ProteinCSM using the following:


> Tuvi-Arad I. and Alon G., "Improved Algorithms for Quantifying the Near Symmetry of Proteins: Complete Side Chains Analysis" (submitted).
> Dryzun C., Zait A. and Avnir D., "Quantitative Symmetry and Chirality - A Fast Computational Algorithm for Large Structures: Proteins, Macromolecules, Nanotubes, and Unit Cells", J. Comput. Chem., 32, 2526-2538 (2011).

Exact Algorithm for calculating the CSM of molecules:

> Alon G. and Tuvi-Arad I., "Improved algorithms for symmetry analysis: Structure preserving permutations", J. Math. Chem., 56(1), 193-212 (2018).

Original Code by Avnir and coworkers:

> Pinsky M., Dryzun C., Casanova D., Alemany P., Avnir D., "Analytical Methods for Calculating Continuous Symmetry Measures and the Chirality Measure", Journal of Computational Chemistry 29(16): 2712-2721 (2008).

> Zabrodsky H., Peleg S., Avnir D., "Continuous symmetry measures", Journal of the American Chemical Society 114(20): 7843-7851 (1992).



Dr. Inbal Tuvi-Arad, Department of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Israel

Dr. Gil Alon, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Open University of Israel

Prof. David Avnir, Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The Research Software Company (

**Testing, scripts and additional technical support:**

Sagiv Barhoom,The Open University of Israel

**Intensive testing:**

Yaffa Shalit, The Open University of Israel

The code for the hungarian algorithm is copyright (c) 2012, Jacob Frelinger


Dr. Inbal Tuvi-Arad, Department of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Israel, E-mail:

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