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Electron cryotomography

Oikonomou, C. M. and Swulius, M. T. and Briegel, A. and Beeby, M. and Yao, Q. and Chang, Y.-W. and Jensen, G. J. (2016) Electron cryotomography. In: Imaging Bacterial Molecules, Structures and Cells. Methods in Microbiology. No.43. Elsevier , Amsterdam, pp. 115-139. ISBN 9780128093924.

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Electron cryotomography (ECT) delivers 3D images of native structures inside intact cells with resolution on the scale of large macromolecular complexes (~ 4 nm). It has proven to be an invaluable tool for interrogating the organization of bacterial cells and the structures of the nanomachines inside them. Here we present a brief introduction to the technique, a few examples of what we have learned by imaging bacterial cells with ECT over the last 15 years and a frank discussion of the relative advantages and limitations of the technique compared to some other popular imaging methods used in microbiology.

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Additional Information:© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Available online 27 October 2016.
Subject Keywords:Electron cryotomography; Cryo-EM; Bacteria; Cell biology; Imaging techniques
Series Name:Methods in Microbiology
Issue or Number:43
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170825-145104411
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Official Citation:C.M. Oikonomou, M.T. Swulius, A. Briegel, M. Beeby, Q. Yao, Y.-W. Chang, G.J. Jensen, Chapter 4 - Electron cryotomography, In: Colin Harwood and Grant J. Jensen, Editor(s), Methods in Microbiology, Academic Press, 2016, Volume 43, Pages 115-139, ISSN 0580-9517, ISBN 9780128093924, (
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:28 Aug 2017 19:56
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