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Title: Uncovering structural ensembles from single-particle cryo-EM data using cryoDRGN
CryoDRGN is a machine learning system for heterogenous cryo-EM reconstruction of proteins and protein complexes from single particle cryo-EM data. Central to this approach is a deep generative model for heterogeneous cryo-EM density maps, which we empirically find effectively models both discrete and continuous forms of structural variability. Once trained, cryoDRGN is capable of generating an arbitrary number of 3D density maps, and thus interpreting the resulting ensemble is a challenge. Here, we showcase interactive and automated processing approaches for analyzing cryoDRGN results. Specifically, we detail a step-by-step protocol for analysis of the assembling 50S ribosome dataset (Davis et al., EMPIAR-10076), including preparation of inputs, network training, and visualization of the resulting ensemble of density maps. Additionally, we describe and implement methods to comprehensively analyze and interpret the distribution of volumes with the assistance of an associated atomic model. This protocol is appropriate for structural biologists familiar with processing single particle cryo-EM datasets and with moderate experience navigating Python and Jupyter notebooks. It requires 3-4 days to complete.
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