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Xlink Analyzer: Software for analysis and visualization of cross-linking data in the context of three-dimensional structures. Kosinski J, von Appen A et al. J Struct Biol. 2015 Mar;189(3):177-83.

Mechanistic insights into the recycling machine of the SNARE complex. Zhao M, Wu S et al. Nature. 2015 Feb 2;518(7537):61-7.

Three-dimensional topology of the SMC2/SMC4 subcomplex from chicken condensin I revealed by cross-linking and molecular modelling. Barysz H, Kim JH et al. Open Biol. 2015 Feb;5(2).

Ring closure activates yeast γTuRC for species-specific microtubule nucleation. Kollman JM, Greenberg CH et al. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2015 Feb;22(2):132-137.

De novo design of an RNA tile that self-assembles into a homo-octameric nanoprism. Yu J, Liu Z et al. Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 30;6:5724.

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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.

October 23, 2014

A production release candidate (v1.10) is available; please try it and report any problems. 64-bit builds are now 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, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS P41-GM103311).

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sequence 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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Thermosome

Thermosomes are hollow balls inside which proteins are folded. They are found in the cytosol of eukaryotes and in archaea. Eukaryotic thermosomes have 8 different protein subunits, while archaeal ones are composed of one, two or three different proteins. The one shown from Thermoplasma acidophilum has two distinct proteins colored blue and yellow, each present in 8 copies. The two proteins have 60% sequence identity and are very similar in structure. One monomer is shown as a ribbon. Actin and tubulin are folded by eukaryotic thermosomes.

Protein Data Bank model 1a6d.

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