Improvement of cryo-EM maps by density modification.
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Terwilliger, T. C., Ludtke, S. J., Read, R., Adams, P. D., & Afonine, P. V. (2020). Improvement of cryo-EM maps by density modification.. Nature methods, 17 (9), 923-927. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-020-0914-9
A density modification procedure for improving maps from single-particle electron cryo-microscopy is presented. The theoretical basis of the method is identical to that of maximum-likelihood density modification, previously used to improve maps from macromolecular X-ray crystallography. Key differences from applications in crystallography are that the errors in Fourier coefficients are largely in the phases in crystallography but in both phases and amplitudes in electron cryo-microscopy, and that half-maps with independent errors are available in electron cryo-microscopy. These differences lead to a distinct approach for combination of information from starting maps with information obtained in the density modification process. The density modification procedure was applied to a set of 104 datasets and improved map-model correlation and increased the visibility of details in many of the maps. The procedure requires two unmasked half-maps and a sequence file or other source of information on the volume of the macromolecule that has been imaged.
Cryoelectron Microscopy, Protein Conformation, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Software, Apoferritins
National Institutes of Health (NIH) (via University of California) (6801943)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P01GM063210)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-020-0914-9
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/308907
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