3 years ago

Single-particle Cryo-EM—Improved Ab Initio 3D Reconstruction with SIMPLE/PRIME

Cyril F. Reboul, Michael Eager, Hans Elmlund, Dominika Elmlund
Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and single-particle analysis now enables the determination of high-resolution structures of macromolecular assemblies that have resisted X-ray crystallography and other approaches. We developed the SIMPLE open-source image-processing suite for analysing cryo-EM images of single-particles. A core component of SIMPLE is the probabilistic PRIME algorithm for identifying clusters of images in 2D and determine relative orientations of single-particle projections in 3D. Here we extend our previous work on PRIME and introduce new stochastic optimisation algorithms that improve the robustness of the approach. Our refined method for identification of homogeneous subsets of images in accurate register substantially improves the resolution of the cluster centres and of the ab initio 3D reconstructions derived from them. We now obtain maps with a resolution better than 10 Å by exclusively processing cluster centres. Excellent parallel code performance on over-the-counter laptops and CPU workstations is demonstrated. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/pro.3266

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