Using the Volta phase plate with defocus for cryo-EM single particle analysis

  1. Radostin Danev  Is a corresponding author
  2. Dimitry Tegunov
  3. Wolfgang Baumeister
  1. Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
  2. Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Abstract

Previously, we reported an in-focus data acquisition method for cryo-EM single particle analysis with the Volta phase plate (VPP) (Danev and Baumeister, 2016). Here, we extend the technique to include a small amount of defocus which enables contrast transfer function measurement and correction. This hybrid approach simplifies the experiment and increases the data acquisition speed. It also removes the resolution limit inherent to the in-focus method thus allowing 3D reconstructions with resolutions better than 3 Å.

Data availability

The following data sets were generated
    1. Danev R
    2. Tegunov D
    3. Baumeister W
    (2016) Volta phase plate with defocus cryo-EM dataset of Thermoplasma acidophilum 20S proteasome
    Publicly available at the Electron Microscopy Pilot Image Archive (accession no: EMPIAR-10078).

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  1. Radostin Danev

    Department of Molecular Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
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    danev@biochem.mpg.de
    Competing interests
    Radostin Danev, RD is a co-inventor in US patent US9129774 B2 Method of using a phase plate in a transmission electron microscope"".
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  2. Dimitry Tegunov

    Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
    Competing interests
    No competing interests declared.
    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-7019-3221
  3. Wolfgang Baumeister

    Department of Molecular Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
    Competing interests
    Wolfgang Baumeister, WB is on the Scientific Advisory Board of FEI Company.

Funding

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

  • Radostin Danev
  • Dimitry Tegunov
  • Wolfgang Baumeister

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Sjors HW Scheres, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: November 7, 2016
  2. Accepted: January 20, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 21, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 30, 2017 (version 2)

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© 2017, Danev et al.

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  1. Radostin Danev
  2. Dimitry Tegunov
  3. Wolfgang Baumeister
(2017)
Using the Volta phase plate with defocus for cryo-EM single particle analysis
eLife 6:e23006.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.23006
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