Characterization of the performance of a 200-kV field emission gun for cryo-electron microscopy of biological molecules.

Abstract : The value of an electron microscope equipped with a field emission gun (FEG) was first revealed in materials science applications. More recently, the FEG has played a crucial role in breaking the 10A barrier in single-particle reconstructions of frozen hydrated biological molecules. The standard high-resolution performance tests for electron microscopes are made close to focus, at several hundreds of A underfocus at a magnification of 500,000x or more. While this is appropriate for materials science specimens, it is not suitable for observing frozen hydrated biological specimens with which the optimum underfocus is of the order of 1 micron or so and the magnification is limited by radiation damage to roughly 30,000 to 60,000x. Thus, in order to access the performance of a cryo-electron microscope for high-resolution 3D electron microscopy of biological molecules, additional tests are necessary. We present here resolution tests of a 200-kV FEG using frozen hydrated virus suspensions. The extent and amplitude of the contrast transfer function are used as a test of the performance. We propose that small spherical viruses close to 300A in diameter, such as the picornaviruses or phages, make good specimens for testing the performance of an electron microscope in cryo-mode.
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Journal of Structural Biology, Elsevier, 2002, pp.60-4
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Elizabeth Hewat, Emmanuelle Neumann. Characterization of the performance of a 200-kV field emission gun for cryo-electron microscopy of biological molecules.. Journal of Structural Biology, Elsevier, 2002, pp.60-4. 〈hal-01093358〉

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