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PDB-Dev: A prototype system for depositing integrative/hybrid structural models. Burley SK, Kurisu G et al. Structure. 2017 Sep 5;25(9):1317-1318.

Atomic structure of Hsp90-Cdc37-Cdk4 reveals that Hsp90 traps and stabilizes an unfolded kinase. Verba KA, Wang RY et al. Science. 2016 Jun 24;352(6293):1542-7.

Structure and membrane remodeling activity of ESCRT-III helical polymers. McCullough J, Clippinger AK et al. Science. 2015 Dec 18;350(6267):1548-51.

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August 15, 2017

A second alpha release is available. To help users decide when to update, we have created a change log listing some of the more significant changes and when they occurred.

July 18, 2017

Our ChimeraX paper is accessible online! UCSF ChimeraX: Meeting modern challenges in visualization and analysis. Goddard TD, Huang CC et al.. Protein Sci. 2017, in press.

March 28, 2017

An alpha release of ChimeraX is available (Mac, Linux, Windows). For information on features, please see the documentation.

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UCSF ChimeraX

UCSF ChimeraX (or simply ChimeraX) is the next-generation molecular visualization program from the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI), following UCSF Chimera. ChimeraX can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use. Commercial users, please see licensing.

ChimeraX development is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS P41-GM103311).

Feature Highlight

4hhb ambient lighting

Ambient Occlusion Lighting

Several lighting modes are available, including ambient occlusion. The image shows hemoglobin (PDB 4hhb) with the four chains shown as surfaces of different colors and heme residues as spheres. The command lighting soft or the Graphics “sugar cube” icon can be used to turn on ambient shadowing from 64 directions. The command lighting gentle gives a similar result, except tuned to emphasize larger indentations.

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Example Image

transducin switch regions

G-Protein Switch Regions

The GDP- and GTP-bound conformations of the transducin α-subunit (1tag and 1tnd, respectively) differ primarily in three regions, termed switch 1, switch 2, and switch 3. The structures have been superimposed with matchmaker and shown as cartoons, with “empty” outlines where the structures are almost the same (for simplicity, only one conformation's outlines are shown). The GTP analog GTPγS is displayed as spheres color-coded by heteroatom. For 2D labels and image setup other than structure orientation, see the command file switch.cxc.

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