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LipIDens: Simulation assisted interpretation of lipid densities in cryo-EM structures of membrane proteins.

T. Bertie Ansell, Wanling Song, Claire E. Coupland, Loic Carrique, Robin A. Corey, Anna L. Duncan, C. Keith Cassidy, Maxwell M. G. Geurts, Tim Rasmussen, Andrew B. Ward, Christian Siebold, Phillip J. Stansfeld, Mark S. P. Sansom

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) enables the determination of membrane protein structures in native-like environments. Characterising how membrane proteins interact with the surrounding membrane lipid environment is assisted by resolution of lipid-like densities visible in cryo-EM maps. Nevertheless, establishing the molecular identity of putative lipid and/or detergent densities remains challenging. Here we present LipIDens, a pipeline for molecular dynamics (MD) simulation-assisted interpretation of lipid and lipid-like densities in cryo-EM structures.

Nature Communications. November 2023