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Some of the earliest methods for three-dimensional reconstruction from electron microscopic images were developed for helical objects. Single-particle methods have been used with great success for the three-dimensional reconstruction of macromolecular assemblies that have no internal symmetry or closed point group symmetries. An approach is presented for(More)
The RAD51 protein functions in the processes of DNA repair and in mitotic and meiotic genetic recombination in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The protein has adenosine triphosphate-dependent DNA binding activities similar to those of the Escherichia coli RecA protein, and the two proteins have 30 percent sequence homology. RAD51 polymerized on(More)
BAR superfamily domains shape membranes through poorly understood mechanisms. We solved structures of F-BAR modules bound to flat and curved bilayers using electron (cryo)microscopy. We show that membrane tubules form when F-BARs polymerize into helical coats that are held together by lateral and tip-to-tip interactions. On gel-state membranes or after(More)
The mechanical properties of F-actin are very significant, given the central structural role played by actin filaments within muscle and the cytoskeleton. We have determined that actin can exist in a state that has a fourfold increase in flexibility over normal F-actin, and nucleotide. Three-dimensional reconstructions from electron micrographs suggest that(More)
A cryo-electron microscopy study of supercoiled DNA molecules freely suspended in cryo-vitrified buffer was combined with Monte Carlo simulations and gel electrophoretic analysis to investigate the role of intersegmental electrostatic repulsion in determining the shape of supercoiled DNA molecules. It is demonstrated here that a decrease of DNA-DNA(More)
Inflammasomes elicit host defense inside cells by activating caspase-1 for cytokine maturation and cell death. AIM2 and NLRP3 are representative sensor proteins in two major families of inflammasomes. The adaptor protein ASC bridges the sensor proteins and caspase-1 to form ternary inflammasome complexes, achieved through pyrin domain (PYD) interactions(More)
Bloom's syndrome (BS) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a strong cancer predisposition. The defining feature of BS is extreme genome instability. The gene mutated in Bloom's syndrome, BLM, encodes a DNA helicase (BLM) of the RecQ family. BLM plays a role in homologous recombination; however, its exact function remains controversial.(More)
Image analysis of isolated F-actin filaments shows that the actin helix can be described by a constant rise per subunit but a considerably variable and randomized twist (number of units per turn). The ability of actin subunits to rotate through angles of the order of 10 degrees from their helically ideal positions helps to explain actin's capacity to form(More)
Contraction of muscle involves the cyclic interaction of myosin heads on the thick filaments with actin subunits in the thin filaments. Muscles relax when this interaction is blocked by molecular switches on either or both filaments. Insight into the relaxed (switched OFF) structure of myosin has come from electron microscopic studies of smooth muscle(More)
Type IV pili (T4P) are long, thin, flexible filaments on bacteria that undergo assembly-disassembly from inner membrane pilin subunits and exhibit astonishing multifunctionality. Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococcal or GC) T4P are prototypic virulence factors and immune targets for increasingly antibiotic-resistant human pathogens, yet detailed structures are(More)