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The 3.8 Å structure of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP: Insights into spliceosome assembly and catalysis. Wan R, Yan C et al. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):466-75.

A mechanism of viral immune evasion revealed by cryo-EM analysis of the TAP transporter. Oldham ML, Hite RK et al. Nature. 2016 Jan 28;529(7587):537-40.

Structure of transcribing mammalian RNA polymerase II. Bernecky C, Herzog F et al. Nature. 2016 Jan 28;529(7587):551-4.

The structural basis of actin organization by vinculin and metavinculin. Kim LY, Thompson PM et al. J Mol Biol. 2016 Jan 16;428(1):10-25.

MMB-GUI: a fast morphing method demonstrates a possible ribosomal tRNA translocation trajectory. Tek A, Korostelev AA, Flores SC. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 8;44(1):95-105.

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July 23, 2015

Chimera production release 1.10.2 is now available. Fixes include code signing for Mac OS X installation. The 1.10 series will be the last to support OS X 10.6 and 10.7. See the release notes for details.

January 9, 2015

Chimera production release 1.10.1 is now available. 64-bit builds are recommended for all capable platforms, and the 1.10 series will be the last to support OS X 10.6 and 10.7. See the release notes for details.

November 5, 2014

Chimera production release 1.10 is now available. 64-bit builds are recommended for all capable platforms, and v1.10 will be the last to support OS X 10.6 and 10.7. See the release notes for what's new.

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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, non-profit, 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. It is in early development and not yet publicly released, with release anticipated sometime in 2016.

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sequence alignment structure

Sequence Viewer

The Multalign Viewer tool displays individual sequences and multiple sequence alignments. Sequence alignments can be read from external files (several formats) or created by other tools in Chimera. Structures opened in Chimera are automatically associated with sufficiently similar sequences in the alignment. After association,

  • mousing over a residue in the sequence shows its structure residue number
  • selecting in the sequence selects residues in the structure(s) and vice versa
  • structures can be superimposed using the sequence alignment
Various measures of sequence conservation and structural variation (RMSD) can be computed and shown above the sequences as histograms, and on the structures with color or worm radius. Secondary structure elements can be depicted as colored boxes or regions on the alignment. Regions can also be created by hand.

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p53 Cancer Mutations

Mutations that inactivate the tumor suppressor p53 are found in over 50% of human cancers, and most of the cancer-associated mutations are within its DNA-binding domain. The image shows a tetramer of the p53 DNA-binding domain complexed with DNA (Protein Data Bank entry 2ac0). The tetramer subunits are shown as light blue, green, orange, and yellow ribbons, with red spheres marking several major "hot spots" of mutation. The DNA is shown in purple and blue. (More samples...)