FoldSynth: Interactive 2D/3D Visualisation Platform for Molecular Strands

Todd, Stephen; Todd, Peter; Leymarie, Frederic Fol; Latham, William; Kelley, Lawrence A.; Sternberg, Michael; Hugues, Jim and Taylor, Stephen. 2015. 'FoldSynth: Interactive 2D/3D Visualisation Platform for Molecular Strands'. In: Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM). Chester, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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FoldSynth is an interactive platform designed to help understand the characteristics and commonly used visual
abstractions of molecular strands with an emphasis on proteins and DNA. It uses a simple model of molecular
forces to give real time interactive animations of the folding and docking processes. The shape of a molecular
strand is shown as a 3D visualisation floating above a 2D triangular matrix representing distance constraints,
contact maps or other features of residue pairs. As well as more conventional raster plots, contact maps can be
shown with vectors representing the grouping of contacts as secondary structures. The 2D visualisation is also
interactive and can be used to manipulate a molecule, define constraints, control and view the folding dynamically,
or even design new molecules. While the 3D visualisation is more realistic showing a molecule representation
approximating the physical behavior and spatial properties, the 2D visualisation offers greater visibility, in that
all molecular positions (and pairings) are always in view; the 3D mode may suffer occlusions and create complex
views which are typically hard to understand to humans.

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September 2015["eprint_fieldopt_dates_date_type_shown" not defined]

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Chester, United Kingdom

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31 Mar 2016 07:38

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29 Apr 2020 16:16


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