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    Yifan Cheng, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentBiochemistry and Biophysics
    Address600 16th Street
    San Francisco CA 94158
    Phone415-514-9707

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      We are interested in studying the three-dimensional structures of macromolecular complexes: their structural architectures, the regulation of their function and the dynamic processes of their assembly and disassembly, by molecular electron microscopy (cryoEM). A full understanding of the biological functions/processes of any macromolecular complex requires structural information at a wide range of resolutions, including atomic details of its components, spatial arrangements of these components and interactions between them. CryoEM can be used to study macromolecules in their native conformations at a wide resolution range, from sub-nanometer resolution (single particle cryoEM) to the cellular level (electron tomography).


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      1. Booth DS, Cheng Y, Frankel AD. The export receptor Crm1 forms a dimer to promote nuclear export of HIV RNA. Elife. 2014 Dec 8; 3.
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      2. Bhabha G, Cheng HC, Zhang N, Moeller A, Liao M, Speir JA, Cheng Y, Vale RD. Allosteric communication in the Dynein motor domain. Cell. 2014 Nov 6; 159(4):857-68.
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      3. Kim J, Wu S, Tomasiak TM, Mergel C, Winter MB, Stiller SB, Robles-Colmanares Y, Stroud RM, Tampé R, Craik CS, Cheng Y. Subnanometre-resolution electron cryomicroscopy structure of a heterodimeric ABC exporter. Nature. 2014 Nov 2.
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      4. Wang Y, Schnitzbauer J, Hu Z, Li X, Cheng Y, Huang ZL, Huang B. Localization events-based sample drift correction for localization microscopy with redundant cross-correlation algorithm. Opt Express. 2014 Jun 30; 22(13):15982-91.
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      5. Minagawa S, Lou J, Seed RI, Cormier A, Wu S, Cheng Y, Murray L, Tsui P, Connor J, Herbst R, Govaerts C, Barker T, Cambier S, Yanagisawa H, Goodsell A, Hashimoto M, Brand OJ, Cheng R, Ma R, McKnelly KJ, Wen W, Hill A, Jablons D, Wolters P, Kitamura H, Araya J, Barczak AJ, Erle DJ, Reichardt LF, Marks JD, Baron JL, Nishimura SL. Selective Targeting of TGF-ß Activation to Treat Fibroinflammatory Airway Disease. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Jun 18; 6(241):241ra79.
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      6. Liao M, Cao E, Julius D, Cheng Y. Single particle electron cryo-microscopy of a mammalian ion channel. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2014 Aug; 27:1-7.
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      7. Lu J, Yu Y, Zhu I, Cheng Y, Sun PD. Structural mechanism of serum amyloid A-mediated inflammatory amyloidosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 8; 111(14):5189-94.
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      8. Penczek PA, Fang J, Li X, Cheng Y, Loerke J, Spahn CM. CTER-rapid estimation of CTF parameters with error assessment. Ultramicroscopy. 2014 May; 140:9-19.
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      9. Liao M, Cao E, Julius D, Cheng Y. Structure of the TRPV1 ion channel determined by electron cryo-microscopy. Nature. 2013 Dec 5; 504(7478):107-12.
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      10. Cao E, Liao M, Cheng Y, Julius D. TRPV1 structures in distinct conformations reveal activation mechanisms. Nature. 2013 Dec 5; 504(7478):113-8.
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      11. Asensio CS, Sirkis DW, Maas JW, Egami K, To TL, Brodsky FM, Shu X, Cheng Y, Edwards RH. Self-Assembly of VPS41 Promotes Sorting Required for Biogenesis of the Regulated Secretory Pathway. Dev Cell. 2013 Nov 25; 27(4):425-37.
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      12. Li X, Zheng SQ, Egami K, Agard DA, Cheng Y. Influence of electron dose rate on electron counting images recorded with the K2 camera. J Struct Biol. 2013 Nov; 184(2):251-60.
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      13. Qian MX, Pang Y, Liu CH, Haratake K, Du BY, Ji DY, Wang GF, Zhu QQ, Song W, Yu Y, Zhang XX, Huang HT, Miao S, Chen LB, Zhang ZH, Liang YN, Liu S, Cha H, Yang D, Zhai Y, Komatsu T, Tsuruta F, Li H, Cao C, Li W, Li GH, Cheng Y, Chiba T, Wang L, Goldberg AL, Shen Y, Qiu XB. Acetylation-mediated proteasomal degradation of core histones during DNA repair and spermatogenesis. Cell. 2013 May 23; 153(5):1012-24.
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      14. Park S, Li X, Kim HM, Singh CR, Tian G, Hoyt MA, Lovell S, Battaile KP, Zolkiewski M, Coffino P, Roelofs J, Cheng Y, Finley D. Reconfiguration of the proteasome during chaperone-mediated assembly. Nature. 2013 May 23; 497(7450):512-6.
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      15. Li X, Mooney P, Zheng S, Booth CR, Braunfeld MB, Gubbens S, Agard DA, Cheng Y. Electron counting and beam-induced motion correction enable near-atomic-resolution single-particle cryo-EM. Nat Methods. 2013 Jun; 10(6):584-90.
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      16. Canzio D, Liao M, Naber N, Pate E, Larson A, Wu S, Marina DB, Garcia JF, Madhani HD, Cooke R, Schuck P, Cheng Y, Narlikar GJ. A conformational switch in HP1 releases auto-inhibition to drive heterochromatin assembly. Nature. 2013 Apr 18; 496(7445):377-81.
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      17. Avila-Sakar A, Li X, Zheng SQ, Cheng Y. Recording high-resolution images of two-dimensional crystals of membrane proteins. Methods Mol Biol. 2013; 955:129-52.
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      18. Schneidman-Duhovny D, Rossi A, Avila-Sakar A, Kim SJ, Velázquez-Muriel J, Strop P, Liang H, Krukenberg KA, Liao M, Kim HM, Sobhanifar S, Dötsch V, Rajpal A, Pons J, Agard DA, Cheng Y, Sali A. A method for integrative structure determination of protein-protein complexes. Bioinformatics. 2012 Dec 15; 28(24):3282-9.
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      19. Martinez-Avila O, Wu S, Kim SJ, Cheng Y, Khan F, Samudrala R, Sali A, Horst JA, Habelitz S. Self-assembly of filamentous amelogenin requires calcium and phosphate: from dimers via nanoribbons to fibrils. Biomacromolecules. 2012 Nov 12; 13(11):3494-502.
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      20. Wu S, Avila-Sakar A, Kim J, Booth DS, Greenberg CH, Rossi A, Liao M, Li X, Alian A, Griner SL, Juge N, Yu Y, Mergel CM, Chaparro-Riggers J, Strop P, Tampé R, Edwards RH, Stroud RM, Craik CS, Cheng Y. Fabs enable single particle cryoEM studies of small proteins. Structure. 2012 Apr 4; 20(4):582-92.
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      21. Booth DS, Avila-Sakar A, Cheng Y. Visualizing proteins and macromolecular complexes by negative stain EM: from grid preparation to image acquisition. J Vis Exp. 2011; (58).
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      22. Martinez-Avila OM, Wu S, Cheng Y, Lee R, Khan F, Habelitz S. Self-assembly of amelogenin proteins at the water-oil interface. Eur J Oral Sci. 2011 Dec; 119 Suppl 1:75-82.
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      23. Nakamura K, Nemani VM, Azarbal F, Skibinski G, Levy JM, Egami K, Munishkina L, Zhang J, Gardner B, Wakabayashi J, Sesaki H, Cheng Y, Finkbeiner S, Nussbaum RL, Masliah E, Edwards RH. Direct membrane association drives mitochondrial fission by the Parkinson disease-associated protein alpha-synuclein. J Biol Chem. 2011 Jun 10; 286(23):20710-26.
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      24. Zheng SQ, Branlund E, Kesthelyi B, Braunfeld MB, Cheng Y, Sedat JW, Agard DA. A distributed multi-GPU system for high speed electron microscopic tomographic reconstruction. Ultramicroscopy. 2011 Jul; 111(8):1137-43.
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      25. He X, Wu S, Martinez-Avila O, Cheng Y, Habelitz S. Self-aligning amelogenin nanoribbons in oil-water system. J Struct Biol. 2011 Apr; 174(1):203-12.
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      26. Kim HM, Yu Y, Cheng Y. Structure characterization of the 26S proteasome. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Feb; 1809(2):67-79.
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      27. Daugherty MD, Booth DS, Jayaraman B, Cheng Y, Frankel AD. HIV Rev response element (RRE) directs assembly of the Rev homooligomer into discrete asymmetric complexes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jul 13; 107(28):12481-6.
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      28. Li X, Grigorieff N, Cheng Y. GPU-enabled FREALIGN: accelerating single particle 3D reconstruction and refinement in Fourier space on graphics processors. J Struct Biol. 2010 Dec; 172(3):407-12.
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      29. Lenassi M, Cagney G, Liao M, Vaupotic T, Bartholomeeusen K, Cheng Y, Krogan NJ, Plemenitas A, Peterlin BM. HIV Nef is secreted in exosomes and triggers apoptosis in bystander CD4+ T cells. Traffic. 2010 Jan; 11(1):110-22.
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      30. Hite RK, Schenk AD, Li Z, Cheng Y, Walz T. Collecting electron crystallographic data of two-dimensional protein crystals. Methods Enzymol. 2010; 481:251-82.
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      31. Racki LR, Yang JG, Naber N, Partensky PD, Acevedo A, Purcell TJ, Cooke R, Cheng Y, Narlikar GJ. The chromatin remodeller ACF acts as a dimeric motor to space nucleosomes. Nature. 2009 Dec 24; 462(7276):1016-21.
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      32. Yu Y, Smith DM, Kim HM, Rodriguez V, Goldberg AL, Cheng Y. Interactions of PAN's C-termini with archaeal 20S proteasome and implications for the eukaryotic proteasome-ATPase interactions. EMBO J. 2010 Feb 3; 29(3):692-702.
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      33. Li Z, Hite RK, Cheng Y, Walz T. Evaluation of imaging plates as recording medium for images of negatively stained single particles and electron diffraction patterns of two-dimensional crystals. J Electron Microsc (Tokyo). 2010; 59(1):53-63.
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      34. Cheng Y. Toward an atomic model of the 26S proteasome. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2009 Apr; 19(2):203-8.
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      35. Kim HZ, Jung K, Kim HM, Cheng Y, Koh GY. A designed angiopoietin-2 variant, pentameric COMP-Ang2, strongly activates Tie2 receptor and stimulates angiogenesis. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 May; 1793(5):772-80.
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      36. Cheng Y, Walz T. The advent of near-atomic resolution in single-particle electron microscopy. Annu Rev Biochem. 2009; 78:723-42.
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      37. Rabl J, Smith DM, Yu Y, Chang SC, Goldberg AL, Cheng Y. Mechanism of gate opening in the 20S proteasome by the proteasomal ATPases. Mol Cell. 2008 May 9; 30(3):360-8.
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      38. Frey G, Peng H, Rits-Volloch S, Morelli M, Cheng Y, Chen B. A fusion-intermediate state of HIV-1 gp41 targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Mar 11; 105(10):3739-44.
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      39. Ballister ER, Lai AH, Zuckermann RN, Cheng Y, Mougous JD. In vitro self-assembly of tailorable nanotubes from a simple protein building block. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Mar 11; 105(10):3733-8.
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      40. Ohi MD, Feoktistova A, Ren L, Yip C, Cheng Y, Chen JS, Yoon HJ, Wall JS, Huang Z, Penczek PA, Gould KL, Walz T. Structural organization of the anaphase-promoting complex bound to the mitotic activator Slp1. Mol Cell. 2007 Dec 14; 28(5):871-85.
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      41. Gonen T, Hite RK, Cheng Y, Petre BM, Kistler J, Walz T. Polymorphic assemblies and crystalline arrays of lens tetraspanin MP20. J Mol Biol. 2008 Feb 15; 376(2):380-92.
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      42. Smith DM, Chang SC, Park S, Finley D, Cheng Y, Goldberg AL. Docking of the proteasomal ATPases' carboxyl termini in the 20S proteasome's alpha ring opens the gate for substrate entry. Mol Cell. 2007 Sep 7; 27(5):731-44.
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      43. Cheng Y, Walz T. Reconstructing the endocytotic machinery. Methods Cell Biol. 2007; 79:463-87.
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      44. Cheng Y, Boll W, Kirchhausen T, Harrison SC, Walz T. Cryo-electron tomography of clathrin-coated vesicles: structural implications for coat assembly. J Mol Biol. 2007 Jan 19; 365(3):892-9.
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      45. Nishida N, Xie C, Shimaoka M, Cheng Y, Walz T, Springer TA. Activation of leukocyte beta2 integrins by conversion from bent to extended conformations. Immunity. 2006 Oct; 25(4):583-94.
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      46. Liu J, Wu S, Reedy MC, Winkler H, Lucaveche C, Cheng Y, Reedy MK, Taylor KA. Electron tomography of swollen rigor fibers of insect flight muscle reveals a short and variably angled S2 domain. J Mol Biol. 2006 Sep 29; 362(4):844-60.
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      47. Fotin A, Kirchhausen T, Grigorieff N, Harrison SC, Walz T, Cheng Y. Structure determination of clathrin coats to subnanometer resolution by single particle cryo-electron microscopy. J Struct Biol. 2006 Dec; 156(3):453-60.
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      48. Nakagawa T, Cheng Y, Sheng M, Walz T. Three-dimensional structure of an AMPA receptor without associated stargazin/TARP proteins. Biol Chem. 2006 Feb; 387(2):179-87.
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      49. Smith DM, Kafri G, Cheng Y, Ng D, Walz T, Goldberg AL. ATP binding to PAN or the 26S ATPases causes association with the 20S proteasome, gate opening, and translocation of unfolded proteins. Mol Cell. 2005 Dec 9; 20(5):687-98.
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      50. Gonen T, Cheng Y, Sliz P, Hiroaki Y, Fujiyoshi Y, Harrison SC, Walz T. Lipid-protein interactions in double-layered two-dimensional AQP0 crystals. Nature. 2005 Dec 1; 438(7068):633-8.
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      51. Cheng Y, Zak O, Aisen P, Harrison SC, Walz T. Single particle reconstruction of the human apo-transferrin-transferrin receptor complex. J Struct Biol. 2005 Dec; 152(3):204-10.
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      52. Cheng Y, Wolf E, Larvie M, Zak O, Aisen P, Grigorieff N, Harrison SC, Walz T. Single particle reconstructions of the transferrin-transferrin receptor complex obtained with different specimen preparation techniques. J Mol Biol. 2006 Feb 3; 355(5):1048-65.
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      53. Nakagawa T, Cheng Y, Ramm E, Sheng M, Walz T. Structure and different conformational states of native AMPA receptor complexes. Nature. 2005 Feb 3; 433(7025):545-9.
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      54. Fotin A, Cheng Y, Sliz P, Grigorieff N, Harrison SC, Kirchhausen T, Walz T. Molecular model for a complete clathrin lattice from electron cryomicroscopy. Nature. 2004 Dec 2; 432(7017):573-9.
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      55. Fotin A, Cheng Y, Grigorieff N, Walz T, Harrison SC, Kirchhausen T. Structure of an auxilin-bound clathrin coat and its implications for the mechanism of uncoating. Nature. 2004 Dec 2; 432(7017):649-53.
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      56. Gonen T, Cheng Y, Kistler J, Walz T. Aquaporin-0 membrane junctions form upon proteolytic cleavage. J Mol Biol. 2004 Sep 24; 342(4):1337-45.
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      57. Gonen T, Sliz P, Kistler J, Cheng Y, Walz T. Aquaporin-0 membrane junctions reveal the structure of a closed water pore. Nature. 2004 May 13; 429(6988):193-7.
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      58. Chen B, Cheng Y, Calder L, Harrison SC, Reinherz EL, Skehel JJ, Wiley DC. A chimeric protein of simian immunodeficiency virus envelope glycoprotein gp140 and Escherichia coli aspartate transcarbamoylase. J Virol. 2004 May; 78(9):4508-16.
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      59. Ohi M, Li Y, Cheng Y, Walz T. Negative Staining and Image Classification - Powerful Tools in Modern Electron Microscopy. Biol Proced Online. 2004; 6:23-34.
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      60. Cheng Y, Zak O, Aisen P, Harrison SC, Walz T. Structure of the human transferrin receptor-transferrin complex. Cell. 2004 Feb 20; 116(4):565-76.
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      61. Toth EA, Li Y, Sawaya MR, Cheng Y, Ellenberger T. The crystal structure of the bifunctional primase-helicase of bacteriophage T7. Mol Cell. 2003 Nov; 12(5):1113-23.
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      62. Lederkremer GZ, Cheng Y, Petre BM, Vogan E, Springer S, Schekman R, Walz T, Kirchhausen T. Structure of the Sec23p/24p and Sec13p/31p complexes of COPII. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 Sep 11; 98(19):10704-9.
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      63. Schmidt-Krey I, Mitsuoka K, Hirai T, Murata K, Cheng Y, Fujiyoshi Y, Morgenstern R, Hebert H. The three-dimensional map of microsomal glutathione transferase 1 at 6 A resolution. EMBO J. 2000 Dec 1; 19(23):6311-6.
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      64. Schmidt-Krey I, Murata K, Hirai T, Mitsuoka K, Cheng Y, Morgenstern R, Fujiyoshi Y, Hebert H. The projection structure of the membrane protein microsomal glutathione transferase at 3 A resolution as determined from two-dimensional hexagonal crystals. J Mol Biol. 1999 Apr 30; 288(2):243-53.
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      65. Hiroaki Y, Mitsuoka K, Cheng Y, Hiroaki H, Fujiyoshi Y. Influence of various nucleotides on the in situ crystallization of Ca2+-ATPase. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Jan 8; 1415(2):361-8.
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      66. Cheng Y, Taylor KA. Characterization of the low magnification performance of a Philips CM300-FEG. Ultramicroscopy. 1998 Sep; 74(4):209-20.
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      67. Taylor KA, Tang J, Cheng Y, Winkler H. The use of electron tomography for structural analysis of disordered protein arrays. J Struct Biol. 1997 Dec; 120(3):372-86.
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