batch-rotate dihedral angles matching SMARTS patterns
The four atom IDs required are indexes into the SMARTS pattern, which starts at atom 0 (zero). The angle supplied is in degrees. The two atoms used to set the dihedral angle <atom1> and <atom4> do not need to be connected to the atoms of the bond <atom2> and <atom3> in any way.
The order of the atoms matters -- the portion of the molecule attached to <atom1> and <atom2> remain fixed, but the portion bonded to <atom3> and & <atom4> moves.
To set the value of the first dihedral angle to 90 degrees:
Here 6 and 7 define the bond to rotate in the SMARTS patter, i.e., c1-C and atoms 5 and 8 define the particular dihedral angle to rotate.
Since the atoms to define the dihedral do not need to be directly connected, the nitrogen in the pyridine can be used:
Keep the pyridyl ring fixed and moves the aliphatic chain:
Keep the aliphatic chain fixed and move the pyridyl ring:
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A guide for constructing SMARTS patterns can be found at: <http://www.daylight.com/dayhtml/doc/theory/theory.smarts.html>
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