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  • Description

    (SParx for HIgh Resolution Electron microscopy) for cryoEM using statistical resampling to attain quality assessment and result reproducibility. Includes movie frame alignments (movie), CTF estimation of raw electron micrographs (cter), picking/stack creation (window), reproducible 2-D classification (isac), reproducible initial model generation (viper), automatic gold-standard 3-D refinement (meridien), local resolution estimation and filtering (localres), and up to the 3-D sorting of different conformational states based on the statistical 3-D variability of the data (sort3D).

  • Usage

    To list all executables provided by SPHIRE, run: $ sbgrid-list sphire Copy to clipboard
  • Usage Notes

    Running GPU-accelerated ISAC2 (linux-only): requires use of mpirun from eman2 (mpirun.eman2) and explicit specification of the GPU IDs. For example: mpirun.eman2 -n 4 bdb:isac_dummy_data_64#faces dummy_test5 --radius=32 --img_per_grp=8 --gpu_devices=0,1 specifies 2 GPU cards with IDs 0 and 1.

    This is example uses the data described in the ISAC tutorial found here:

    Due to BDB depreciation, EMAN2 2.91 or 2.07 should be used with SPHIRE.

  • Installation

    Use the following command to install this title with the CLI client: $ sbgrid-cli install sphire Copy to clipboard Available operating systems: Linux 64, OS X INTEL
  • Primary Citation*

    T. Moriya, M. Saur, M. Stabrin, F. Merino, H. Voicu, Z. Huang, P. A. Penczek, S. Raunser, and C. Gatsogiannis. 2017. High-resolution Single Particle Analysis from Electron Cryo-microscopy Images Using SPHIRE. Journal of Visualized Experiments.

    • *Full citation information available through

  • Tales

    Particle catcher

    Particle catcher

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  • Webinars


    Topic: SPHIRE: User-friendly pipeline for near-atomic resolution Cryo-EM structure determination with automatic validation mechanisms.
    Speaker: Toshio Moriya, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology

    Host: Jason Key
    Recorded on: October 10, 2017

  • Keywords

    Electron Microscopy

  • Default Versions

    Linux 64:  1.4 (1.3 KB)
    OS X INTEL:  1.4 (1.2 KB)

  • Other Versions

      Linux 64:

      1.3 (1.3 KB)
    • OS X INTEL:

      1.3 (1.2 KB)
  • Developers

    Christos Gatsogiannis, Felipe Merino, Markus Stabrin, Michael Saur, Pawel Penczek, Stefan Raunser, Toshio Moriya, Zhong Huang