AutoDock | Raccoon2
Raccoon2 is an evolution of the previous version of Raccoon. The code has been re-written from scratch and designed in a more modular fashion, providing a much robust and flexible way of adding new features. Also, Raccoon2 incorporates the analysis features of Fox, providing support for the entire virtual screening workflow.
In this first release, Raccoon2 supports only Linux Cluster computational resources with PBS and SGE schedulers. The next version (currently in development) will provide support for other computational resources like the local workstation and Opal services. Results generated outside Raccoon2 can be imported and analyzed. Also, in this release the only supported docking engine is AutoDock Vina.
Raccoon provides features to automate common operations performed when preparing and analyzing a virtual screening:
automatic server connection manager
automatic installation and setup of docking services (Vina only, in v.1.0-beta)
remote library creation interface and upload
multiple receptor structures and flexible residues
graphical interface for docking setup and grid box
graphical management of remote jobs (submit, start, kill, restart)
automatic download and pre-processing of results (i.e. extraction of energy, interactions, etc...)
results filtering by properties (energy, ligand efficiency) and interactions
Raccoon2 v1.0-beta User Manual (coming soon)
Raccoon2 is included MGLTools from v.1.5.7-rc1 on. The installer can be downloaded here
Beta version FAQ/limitations
SSH connection is established using port 22; next version will provide an interface to specify custom ports
Submission to Linux clusters are made using the user account default queue requesting 1Gb memory/24h walltime; next version will provide an interface to specify custom scheduler requests
Only PDBQT files can be used to prepare virtual screenings. Until this functionality is added to Raccoon2, use the previous Raccoon interface to generate PDBQT files.
This version supports only AutoDock Vina. The next version will bring support for AutoDock4.
No local calculations are supported in the beta version
Citation and reference
If you use Raccoon for your dockings, please cite the software as following:
Forli, S., Huey, R., Pique, M. E., Sanner, M. F., Goodsell, D. S., & Olson, A. J. (2016). Computational protein-ligand docking and virtual drug screening with the AutoDock suite. Nature Protocols, 11(5), 905-919.
Help and support
As for all the MGL software, community and developers support for
Raccoon is available through the Internet.
Any suggestions for improvements or bug reports are welcome.
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