11/2011 - Cryoelectron tomography of radial spokes in cilia and flagella

Radial spokes (RSs) are ubiquitous components in the 9 + 2 axoneme thought to be mechanochemical transducers involved in local control of dynein-driven microtubule sliding. They are composed of >23 polypeptides, whose interactions and placement must be deciphered to understand RS function. In this paper, we show the detailed three-dimensional (3D) structure of RS in […]

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11/2010 - Three-dimensional structural analysis of eukaryotic flagella/cilia by electron cryo-tomography

Electron cryo-tomography is a potential approach to analyzing the three-dimensional conformation of frozen hydrated biological macromolecules using electron microscopy. Since projections of each individual object illuminated from different orientations are merged, electron tomography is capable of structural analysis of such heterogeneous environments as in vivo or with polymorphism, although radiation damage and the missing wedge are severe […]

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10/2009 - Simultaneous alignment of dual-axis tilt series

We present a strategy for the alignment of dual-axis tomographic series, based on reference points and simultaneous alignment of both series. Each series is first aligned individually, an affine transformation is determined to bring the two series in a unique reference system, and all experimental coordinates are combined in a single system of equations. In […]

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10/2009 - Electron-tomographic analysis of intraflagellar transport particle trains in situ

Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is the bidirectional movement of multipolypeptide particles between the ciliary membrane and the axonemal microtubules, and is required for the assembly, maintenance, and sensory function of cilia and flagella. In this paper, we present the first high-resolution ultrastructural analysis of trains of flagellar IFT particles, using transmission electron microscopy and electron-tomographic analysis […]

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07/2007 - JUST (Java User Segmentation Tool) for semi-automatic segmentation of tomographic maps

We are presenting a program for interactive segmentation of tomographic maps, based on objective criteria so as to yield reproducible results. The strategy starts with the automatic segmentation of the entire volume with the watershed algorithm in 3D. The watershed regions are clustered successively by supervised classification, allowing the segmentation of known organelles, such as membranes, […]

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