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A single-stranded architecture for cotranscriptional folding of RNA nanostructures. Geary C, Rothemund PW, Andersen ES. Science. 2014 Aug 15;345(6198):799-804.

Activating mutations in RRAS underlie a phenotype within the RASopathy spectrum and contribute to leukaemogenesis. Flex E, Jaiswal M et al. Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Aug 15;23(16):4315-27.

Enabling membrane protein structure and dynamics with X-ray free electron lasers. Feld GK, Frank M. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2014 Aug;27C:69-78.

Blind prediction performance of RosettaAntibody 3.0: Grafting, relaxation, kinematic loop modeling, and full CDR optimization. Weitzner BD, Kuroda D et al. Proteins. 2014 Aug;82(8):1611-23.

A comprehensive analysis of the Omp85/TpsB protein superfamily structural diversity, taxonomic occurrence, and evolution. Heinz E, Lithgow T. Front Microbiol. 2014 Jul 21;5:370.

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August 15, 2014

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book, Computational and Visualization Techniques for Structural Bioinformatics Using Chimera, written by Forbes J. Burkowski (University of Waterloo).

May 13, 2014

Chimera production release 1.9 is now available. See the release notes for new features since the 1.8 release series.

April 23, 2014

A production release candidate (version 1.9) is now available; please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for changes relative to the previous release.

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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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hydrogen bonds

Chemical Knowledge

  • determination of atom types in arbitrary molecules, including non-standard residues
  • ability to add hydrogen atoms
  • high-quality hydrogen bond identification
  • selection of atoms/bonds by element, atom type, functional group, amino acid category
  • interactive bond rotation, distance and angle measurements

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Sliced Potassium Channel

Potassium channel (Protein Data Bank entry 1bl8) on a dark slate blue background with potassium ions shown in firebrick. The channel is comprised of four chains. Each chain has been rainbow-colored from blue at the N-terminus to red at the C-terminus, but only the surface of the channel is shown. The surface has been sliced with a per-model clipping plane. The surface cap color is plum except with opacity set to 0.8. The shininess and brightness have been set to 128 and 8, respectively, and the lights on the scene have been moved from their default positions. The subdivision quality (related to the smoothness of the spherical ions) is 5.0, and the molecular surface was computed with probe radius and vertex density set to 1.0 and 6.0, respectively. (More samples...)