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MOTIVATION Maximum-likelihood (ML) image refinement is a promising candidate to improve attainable resolution limits in 3D-EM. However, its large CPU requirements may prohibit application to 3D-structure optimization. RESULTS We speeded up ML image refinement by reducing its search space over the alignment parameters. Application of this reduced-search(More)
U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP is a 1.5-megadalton pre-assembled spliceosomal complex comprising U5 small nuclear RNA (snRNA), extensively base-paired U4/U6 snRNAs and more than 30 proteins, including the key components Prp8, Brr2 and Snu114. The tri-snRNP combines with a precursor messenger RNA substrate bound to U1 and U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles(More)
Electron Microscopy is a valuable tool for the elucidation of the three-dimensional structure of macromolecular complexes. Knowledge about the macromolecular structure provides important information about its function and how it is carried out. This work addresses the issue of three-dimensional reconstruction of biological macromolecules from electron(More)
U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP represents a substantial part of the spliceosome before activation. A cryo-electron microscopy structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP at 3.7 Å resolution led to an essentially complete atomic model comprising 30 proteins plus U4/U6 and U5 small nuclear RNAs (snRNAs). The structure reveals striking interweaving(More)
An expectation-maximization algorithm for maximum-likelihood refinement of electron-microscopy images is presented that is based on fitting mixtures of multivariate t-distributions. The novel algorithm has intrinsic characteristics for providing robustness against atypical observations in the data, which is illustrated using an experimental test set with(More)
Image processing in three-dimensional electron microscopy (3D-EM) is characterized by large amounts of data, and voluminous computing requirements. Here, we report our first experience with grid computing in this area. We present an interface between grid computing middleware and our image processing package Xmipp. The efficacy of this approach was(More)
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