Interactive Analysis of Density Maps using UCSF Chimera

Tom Goddard
December 15, 2006

Types of Data Viewed in Chimera

Proteins and sequences Crystallographic maps Molecular
Single particle
cryoEM maps
EM tomography cell components EM tomography cells Light microscopy

Why use Chimera for Tomography of Cells?

Chimera has map display and analysis capabilities developed for single particle cryoEM reconstructions, but none developed for tomography of cells. What does Chimera do better than Analyze, IMOD, or Amira?

  1. Handles atomic models of assemblies containing tens to thousands of macromolecules.
  2. Users can develop new analysis methods.

Screenshots show Chimera tools developed by Wah Chiu's lab.

Chimera demonstration:
Tomography of a cytotoxic T-cell immune synapse.

Atomic Model Examples

Atomic model of orthoreovirus (PDB 2cse) cut in half with one icosahedral asymmetric unit shown at upper right.

Rendering cartoon surfaces for 1620 proteins is interactive. Slow for 10,000 protein systems.

Branching actin filaments. Action monomers in orange. ARP2/3 branching complex in light and dark blue. (monomer PDB 1atn, ARP2/3 PDB 1k8k, filament PDB 1alm). Branching created by computational model, not from experimental data.

Rhinovirus with fragment of cellular receptor (blue) (PDB 1v9u). Exploring contacts between receptor and virus.

Light Microscopy Examples

Measuring lengths of spines on neuron dendrite using hand-placed markers. IMOD segmentation of confocal microscopy data from Maryanne Martone. Forked and irregular spine shapes. Random spine colors to distinguish neighbors.

Time-series of dividing drosophila cells with fluorescently labeled chromosomes from Sedat lab. Each frame is 3 dimensonal. Wide field deconvolution microscopy. Animations: one cell, many cells.


Chimera development (UCSF)

Tom Ferrin - lab director.
Greg Couch - molecular graphics.
Conrad Huang - project leader.
Elaine Meng - documentation.
Eric Pettersen - molecular sequence and structure.

Data sets

Stephen Fuller (Oxford) - Immune synapse (CCDB 3632).
Ken Downing (Lawrence Berkeley Labs) - Microtubule map.
Maryanne Martone (UC San Diego) - Neuron dendrite.
Yuri Strukov and John Sedat (UC San Francisco) - Chromosomes.