Dear all

I want to display structures which contains numerous chains such as viruses in pymol. I find these sturctures can be displayed normally as line representation. However, when I show them as cartoon, usually only one chain can be displayed, and usually it is cartoon loop rather than the normal cartoon. It there any way to display the whole structute as cartoon?

For example, I display the HBV capsid in pymol by the follow commands:

fetch 3j2v, type=pdb1, async=0

split_states 3j2v

delete 3j2v


The whole virus capsid appeared as line representation. Then I type:

Hide everything
show cartoon

Only one chain shown as cartoon loop in pymol

Thanks in advance.

Yeping Sun

Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences