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Structural basis for antibody-mediated neutralization of Lassa virus. Hastie KM, Zandonatti MA et al. Science. 2017 Jun 2;356(6341):923-928.

Cryo-electron microscopy of chromatin biology. Wilson MD, Costa A. Acta Crystallogr D Struct Biol. 2017 Jun 1;73(Pt 6):541-548.

Halogenated ether, alcohol, and alkane anesthetics activate TASK-3 tandem pore potassium channels likely through a common mechanism. Luethy A, Boghosian JD et al. Mol Pharmacol. 2017 Jun;91(6):620-629.

Phase-plate cryo-EM structure of a class B GPCR-G-protein complex. Liang YL, Khoshouei M et al. Nature. 2017 Jun 1;546(7656):118-123.

Large-scale analysis of hydrogen bond interaction patterns in protein-ligand interfaces. Nittinger E, Inhester T et al. J Med Chem. 2017 May 25;60(10):4245-4257.

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December 2, 2016

Chimera production release 1.11.2 is now available. This version has been updated to work with changes in NCBI Blast and to avoid crashes on Mac Sierra (see the release notes for details).

September 24, 2016

Production release candidate (version 1.11.2) is available, superseding 1.11.1. The new version has been updated to work with changes in NCBI Blast (see release notes). Please try it and report any problems.

August 27, 2016

A production release candidate (version 1.11.1) is now available. Please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for what's been fixed since 1.11. The 1.11 release series will be the last to support 32-bit builds.

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UCSF Chimera is a highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles. High-quality images and animations can be generated. Chimera includes complete documentation and several tutorials, and can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use. Chimera is developed by the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS P41-GM103311).

UCSF ChimeraX (or simply ChimeraX) is the next-generation molecular visualization program from the RBVI, following UCSF Chimera.

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1ovh pocket list 1ovh pockets

CASTp Pocket Data

Structures and their pocket measurements can be fetched directly from the Computed Atlas of Surface Topography of proteins (CASTp) database or read from local files previously returned by the CASTp server. In Chimera, the pockets are shown in a pocket list. Choosing rows in the list performs actions such as zooming in on pockets and selecting the surrounding atoms.

The figure shows the four largest pockets by volume identified by CASTp for PDB entry 1ovh (a cavity mutant of T4 lysozyme), shown in yellow, orange, pink, and magenta in order of decreasing volume. The largest is lysozyme's active site, with two openings. The second largest is the engineered cavity. Mutated positions are shown in red. Green balls are Cl ions.

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Cavity and Tunnel Detection

Side-by-side views of a potassium channel structure (Protein Data Bank entry 1bl8) showing different approaches to cavity detection. On the left are molecular surface patches corresponding to the structure's two largest pockets by MS volume in the Computed Atlas of Surface Topography of proteins (CASTp) database. On the right is a tunnel in blue identified by the MolAxis server. Simple editing converted MolAxis output into a BILD file for display in Chimera. (More samples...)