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Hinsen, K ; Reuter, N ; Navaza, J ; Stokes, DL ; Lacapere, JJ

Normal mode-based fitting of atomic structure into electron density maps : Application to sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca-ATPase

Biophysical Journal 88 (2) 818-827

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Abstract :

A method for the flexible docking of high-resolution atomic structures into lower resolution densities derived from electron microscopy is presented. The atomic structure is deformed by an iterative process using combinations of normal modes to obtain the best fit of the electron microscopical density. The quality of the computed structures has been evaluated by several techniques borrowed from crystallography. Two atomic structures of the SERCA1 Ca-ATPase corresponding to different conformations were used as a starting point to fit the electron density corresponding to a different conformation.