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Automated phase improvement and model building with Parrot and Buccaneer Kevin Cowtan

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X-ray structure solution pipeline... Data collection Data processing Experimental phasing Model building Refinement Rebuilding Validation Density Modification Molecular Replacement

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification Density modification is a problem in combining information:

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification 1. Rudimentary calculation: |F|, φ ρ mod (x) ρ(x) |F mod |, φ mod φ=φ mod FFT FFT -1 Modify ρ Real spaceReciprocal space

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification 3. Phase probability distributions: |F|, P(φ) ρ mod (x) ρ(x) P mod (φ) P(φ)=P exp (φ),P mod (φ) FFT FFT -1 Modify ρ Real spaceReciprocal space |F best |, φ best |F mod |, φ mod centroid likelihood

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification 4. Bias reduction (gamma-correction): |F|, P(φ) ρ γ (x) ρ(x) P mod (φ) P(φ)=P exp (φ),P mod (φ) FFT FFT -1 Modify ρ |F best |, φ best |F mod |, φ mod centroid likelihood ρ mod (x) γ-correct J.P.Abrahams DM, SOLOMON, (CNS)

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification 5. Maximum Likelihood H-L: |F|, P(φ) ρ γ (x) ρ(x) FFT FFT -1 Modify ρ |F best |, φ best |F mod |, φ mod centroid MLHL ρ mod (x) γ-correct PARROT

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Density modification Traditional density modification techniques: Solvent flattening Histogram matching Non-crystallographic symmetry (NCS) averaging

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Solvent flattening

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Histogram matching A technique from image processing for modifying the protein region. Noise maps have Gaussian histogram. Well phased maps have a skewed distribution: sharper peaks and bigger gaps. Sharpen the protein density by a transform which matches the histogram of a well phased map. Useful at better than 4A. P( ) Noise True

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Non-crystallographic symmetry If the molecule has internal symmetry, we can average together related regions. In the averaged map, the signal-noise level is improved. If a full density modification calculation is performed, powerful phase relationships are formed. With 4-fold NCS, can phase from random!

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Non-crystallographic symmetry How do you know if you have NCS? Cell content analysis – how many monomers in ASU? Self-rotation function. Difference Pattersons (pseudo-translation only). How do you determine the NCS? From heavy atoms. From initial model building. From molecular replacement. From density MR (hard). Mask determined automatically.

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Density modification in Parrot Builds on existing ideas: DM: Solvent flattening Histogram matching NCS averaging Perturbation gamma Solomon: Gamma correction Local variance solvent mask Weighted averaging mask

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Density modification in Parrot New developments: MLHL phase combination (as used in refinement: refmac, cns) Anisotropy correction Problem-specific density histograms (rather than a standard library) Pairwise-weighted NCS averaging...

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Estimating phase probabilities Solution: MLHL-type likelihood target function. Perform the error estimation and phase combination in a single step, using a likelihood function which incorporates the experimental phase information as a prior. This is the same MLHL-type like likelihood refinement target used in modern refinement software such as refmac or cns.

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Recent Developments: Pairwise-weighted NCS averaging: Average each pair of NCS related molecules separately with its own mask. Generalisation and automation of multi- domain averaging. C B A C B A C B A

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Parrot

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Parrot: Rice vs MLHL Map correlations Comparing old and new likelihood functions.

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Parrot: simple vs NCS averaged Map correlations Comparing with and without NCS averaging.

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DM vs PARROT vs PIRATE % residues autobuilt and sequenced 50 JCSG structures, A resolution 74.2% 78.4% 79.1% DMPARROTPIRATE

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DM vs PARROT vs PIRATE Mean time taken 50 JCSG structures, A resolution 6s 10s 887s DMPARROTPIRATE

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu DM vs PARROT vs PIRATE % residues autobuilt and sequenced 50 JCSG structures, A resolution 74.2% 78.4% 79.1% DMPARROTPIRATE

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu DM vs PARROT vs PIRATE Mean time taken 50 JCSG structures, A resolution 6s 10s 887s DMPARROTPIRATE

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer Statistical model building software based on the use of a reference structure to construct likelihood targets for protein features. Buccaneer-Refmac pipeline NCS auto-completion Improved sequencing

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Latest Buccaneer 1.2 Use of Se atoms, MR model in sequencing. Improved numbering of output sequences (ins/del) Favour more probable sidechain rotamers Prune clashing side chains Optionally fix the model in the ASU Performance improvements (1.5 x) Including 'Fast mode' (2-3 x for good maps) Multi-threading (not in CCP ) Buccaneer 1.3 Molecular replacement rebuild mode Performance improvements, more cycles.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Method Compare simulated map and known model to obtain likelihood target, then search for this target in the unknown map. Reference structure:Work structure: LLK

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Method Compile statistics for reference map in 4A sphere about C => LLK target. 4A sphere about Ca also used by 'CAPRA' Ioeger et al. (but different target function). Use mean/variance.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer 10 stages: Find candidate C-alpha positions Grow them into chain fragments Join and merge the fragments, resolving branches Link nearby N and C terminii (if possible) Sequence the chains (i.e. dock sequence) Correct insertions/deletions Filter based on poor density NCS Rebuild to complete NCS copies of chains Prune any remaining clashing chains Rebuild side chains

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer Use a likelihood function based on conserved density features. The same likelihood function is used several times. This makes the program very simple (<3000 lines), and the whole calculation works over a range of resolutions. ALA CYSHISMETTHR... x20 Finding, growing: Look for C-alpha environment Sequencing: Look for C-beta environment

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer Case Study: A difficult loop in a 2.9A map, calculated using real data from the JCSG.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Find candidate C-alpha positions

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Grow into chain fragments

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Join and merge chain fragments

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Sequence the chains

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Correct insertions/deletions

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Prune any remaining clashing chains

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Rebuild side chains

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Comparison to the final model

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Results Model completeness not very dependent on resolution:

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Results Model completeness dependent on initial phases:

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer Cycle BUCCANEER and REFMAC for most complete model Single run of BUCCANEER only (more options) quick assessment/advanced use

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer What it does: Trace protein chains (trans-peptides only) Link across small gaps Sequence Apply NCS Build side chains (roughly) Refine (if recycled) WORK AT LOW RESOLUTIONS 3.7A with good phases

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer What it does not do (yet): Cis-peptides Waters Ligands Loop fitting Tidy up the resulting model In other words, it is an ideal component for use in larger pipelines.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer What you need to do afterwards: Tidy up with Coot. Or ARP/wARP when resolution is good. Buccaneer/ARP/wARP better+faster than ARP/wARP. Typical Coot steps: Connect up any broken chains. Use density fit and rotamer analysis to check rotamers. Check Ramachandran, molprobity, etc. Add waters, ligands, check un-modeled blobs.. Re-refine, examine difference maps.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Buccaneer: Summary A simple, fast, easy to use (i.e. MTZ and sequence) method of model building which is robust against resolution. User reports for structures down to 3.7A when phasing is good. Results can be further improved by iterating with refinement in refmac (and in future, density modification). Proven on real world problems.

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Kevin Cowtan, Oulu Achnowledgements Help: JCSG data archive: Eleanor Dodson, Paul Emsley, Randy Read, Clemens Vonrhein, Raj Pannu Funding: The Royal Society

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