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Cryo-EM structure of the αvβ8 integrin reveals a mechanism for stabilizing integrin extension. Cormier A, Campbell MG et al. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2018 Aug;25(8):698-704.

A new HIV-1 Rev structure optimizes interaction with target RNA (RRE) for nuclear export. Watts NR, Eren E et al. J Struct Biol. 2018 Aug;203(2):102-108.

Expanded coverage of the 26S proteasome conformational landscape reveals mechanisms of peptidase gating. Eisele MR, Reed RG et al. Cell Rep. 2018 Jul 31;24(5):1301-1315.e5.

Cryo-EM structures of fungal and metazoan mitochondrial calcium uniporters. Baradaran R, Wang C et al. Nature. 2018 Jul 26;559(7715):580-584.

HIV-1 Nefs are cargo-sensitive AP-1 trimerization switches in tetherin downregulation. Morris KL, Buffalo CZ et al. Cell. 2018 Jul 26;174(3):659-671.e14.

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July 3, 2018

Chimera production release 1.13 is now available. See the release notes for what's new.

June 2, 2018

A production release candidate (version 1.13) is available; please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for what's new.

October 24, 2017

Chimera production release 1.12 is now available (64-bit builds for Windows, Mac, and Linux). See the release notes for details.

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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), supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (P41-GM103311).

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

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hydrogen bonds

Chemical Knowledge

  • determination of atom types in arbitrary molecules, including non-standard residues
  • ability to add hydrogen atoms
  • high-quality hydrogen bond identification
  • selection of atoms/bonds by element, atom type, functional group, amino acid category
  • interactive bond rotation, distance and angle measurements

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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...)