Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Department of Medicine; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Schiffer Lab
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins | Microbiology | Structural Biology | Viruses
Influenza viruses pose severe public health threats; they cause millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths annually in the US. Influenza viruses are extensively pleomorphic, in both shape and size as well as organization of viral structural proteins. Analysis of influenza morphology and ultrastructure can help elucidate viral structure-function relationships as well as aid in therapeutics and vaccine development. While cryo-electron tomography (cryoET) can depict the 3D organization of pleomorphic influenza, the low signal-to-noise ratio inherent to cryoET and extensive viral heterogeneity have precluded detailed characterization of influenza viruses. In this report, we developed a cryoET processing pipeline leveraging convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to characterize the morphological architecture of the A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) influenza strain. Our pipeline improved the throughput of cryoET analysis and accurately identified viral components within tomograms. Using this approach, we successfully characterized influenza viral morphology, glycoprotein density, and conduct subtomogram averaging of HA glycoproteins. Application of this processing pipeline can aid in the structural characterization of not only influenza viruses, but other pleomorphic viruses and infected cells.
microbiology, Influenza virus, morphology
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bioRxiv 2021.12.09.472010; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.12.09.472010. Link to preprint on bioRxiv.
Now published in Structure doi: 10.1016/j.str.2022.02.014
Huang Q, Song K, Xu C, Bolon DN, Wang JP, Finberg RW, Schiffer CA, Somasundaran M. (2021). Quantitative Structural Analysis of Influenza Virus by Cryo-electron Tomography and Convolutional Neural Networks [preprint]. UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.12.09.472010. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/faculty_pubs/2222
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