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Likelihood-based signal and noise analysis for docking of models into cryo-EM maps.

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McCoy, Airlie J 
Terwilliger, Thomas C  ORCID logo


Fast, reliable docking of models into cryo-EM maps requires understanding of the errors in the maps and the models. Likelihood-based approaches to errors have proven to be powerful and adaptable in experimental structural biology, finding applications in both crystallography and cryo-EM. Indeed, previous crystallographic work on the errors in structural models is directly applicable to likelihood targets in cryo-EM. Likelihood targets in Fourier space are derived here to characterize, based on the comparison of half-maps, the direction- and resolution-dependent variation in the strength of both signal and noise in the data. Because the signal depends on local features, the signal and noise are analysed in local regions of the cryo-EM reconstruction. The likelihood analysis extends to prediction of the signal that will be achieved in any docking calculation for a model of specified quality and completeness. A related calculation generalizes a previous measure of the information gained by making the cryo-EM reconstruction.



cryo-EM, docking, information gain, likelihood

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Acta Crystallogr D Struct Biol

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International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P01GM063210)
Wellcome Trust (209407/Z/17/Z)