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Molecular architecture of the inner ring scaffold of the human nuclear pore complex. Kosinski J, Mosalaganti S et al. Science. 2016 Apr 15;352(6283):363-5.

Structure of promoter-bound TFIID and model of human pre-initiation complex assembly. Louder RK, He Y et al. Nature. 2016 Mar 31;531(7596):604-9.

Electronic structure of a CuII-alkoxide complex modeling intermediates in copper-catalyzed alcohol oxidations. Hayes EC, Porter TR et al. J Am Chem Soc. 2016 Mar 30;138(12):4132-45.

Force-producing ADP state of myosin bound to actin. Wulf SF, Ropars V et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2016 Mar 29;113(13):E1844-52.

Improving functional annotation in the DRE-TIM metallolyase superfamily through identification of active site fingerprints. Kumar G, Johnson JL, Frantom PA. Biochemistry. 2016 Mar 29;55(12):1863-72.

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April 6, 2016

A production release candidate (v1.11) is available; please try it and report any problems. 64-bit builds are now recommended for all capable platforms, and v1.11 will be the last to support 32-bit builds. See the release notes for what's new.

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.

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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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dopamine receptor with axes and planes

Axes and Planes

Axes, planes, and centroids can be calculated from sets of atoms using the Axes/Planes/Centroids tool or the command define. Axes can be shown as cylinders, planes as disks, and centroids as spheres, and any of these can be used in distance and angle measurements.

For example, the figure shows the dopamine D3 receptor and bound inhibitor (PDB entry 3pbl) as modeled into the membrane in the OPM database. The planes of the inner and outer membrane boundaries are shown as transparent blue and red disks, respectively. The protein ribbon is rainbow-colored from blue at the N-terminus to red at the C-terminus, and the axis of each helix is shown as a cylinder of matching color. The axis of the red helix forms an angle of 15.1° with the membrane and comes within 3.5 Å of the inner boundary. The yellow and orange helices are nearly antiparallel (crossing angle 5.9°). The average (minimum, maximum) distance of inhibitor atoms from the outer boundary is 7.9 (5.1, 11.7) Å.

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Loop Interactions

The image shows interactions of the delta-1 loop with the rest of hepatitis C virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (Protein Data Bank entry 1quv). Loop residues in contact with the rest of the structure (van der Waals overlap ≥ 0.01 Å) are displayed as sticks; interacting surface atoms are shown as red patches. (More samples...)