Cryo‐EM single‐particle structure refinement and map calculation using Servalcat release_q7o6i72h3nhavpa2p63tm6kwm4

by Keitaro Yamashita, Colin M. Palmer, Tom Burnley, Garib N. Murshudov, Apollo-University Of Cambridge Repository

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In 2020, cryo‐EM single‐particle analysis achieved true atomic resolution thanks to technological developments in hardware and software. The number of high‐resolution reconstructions continues to grow, increasing the importance of the accurate determination of atomic coordinates. Here, a new Python package and program called Servalcat is presented that is designed to facilitate atomic model refinement. Servalcat implements a refinement pipeline using the program REFMAC5 from the CCP4 package. After the refinement, Servalcat calculates a weighted Fo − Fc difference map, which is derived from Bayesian statistics. This map helps manual and automatic model building in real space, as is common practice in crystallography. The Fo − Fc map helps in the visualization of weak features including hydrogen densities. Although hydrogen densities are weak, they are stronger than in the electron‐density maps produced by X‐ray crystallography, and some H atoms are even visible at ∼1.8 Å resolution. Servalcat also facilitates atomic model refinement under symmetry constraints. If point‐group symmetry has been applied to the map during reconstruction, the asymmetric unit model is refined with the appropriate symmetry constraints.
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