This PBSIM service permits the structural characterization of biological systems and large macromolecular assemblies, as a complementary approach to x-ray crystallography.

The service allows users to perform all steps for the preparation of biological samples by negative staining to enable high contrast imaging form naturally low-contrast objects, imaging acquisition on the embedded camera and image analysis. This approach can be used to characterize the structural homogeneity of a protein sample, generate a low resolution 3D structure or identify large conformational changes in proteins or complexes upon addition of ligands.

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Specific equipment
  • 1 FEI Tecnai G2 spirit 120 kV equipped with a low dose module and a 2k x 2k CCD camera

Publications associated with this facility

  • Bebeacua C, Tremblay D, Farenc C, Chapot-Chartier MP, Sadovskaya I, van Heel M, Veesler D, Moineau S, Cambillau C (2013) Structure, adsorption to host, and infection mechanism of virulent lactococcal phage p2. J Virol 87:12302-12.
  • Desmyter A, Farenc C, Mahony J, Spinelli S, Bebeacua C, Blangy S, Veesler D, van Sinderen D, Cambillau C (2013) Viral infection modulation and neutralization by camelid nanobodies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110:E1371-9.
  • Sciara G, Bebeacua C, Bron P, Tremblay D, Ortiz-Lombardia M, Lichière J, van Heel M, Campanacci V, Moineau S, Cambillau C (2010) Structure of lactococcal phage p2 baseplate and its mechanism of activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 10:6852-7.
  • Bignon C, Li C, Lichière J, Canard B, Coutard B (2013) Improving the soluble expression of recombinant proteins by randomly shuffling 5’ and 3’ coding-sequence ends. Acta Crystallogr D 69, 2580-2.
  • Le Breton M, Meyniel-Schicklin L, Deloire A, Coutard B, Canard B, de Lamballerie X, Andre P, Rabourdin-Combe C, Lotteau V, Davoust N (2011) Flavivirus NS3 and NS5 proteins interaction network : a high-throughput yeast two-hybrid screen. BMC Microbiol 11, 234.