Challenges in Cryo-Tomography
Structural biologists have made great progress in unraveling the structures of individual proteins and protein complexes. Much of these recent results have been made using Single Particle Analysis (SPA), which has turned 3D reconstructions of protein (complexes) into an almost routine technique.
As SPA requires large amounts of isolated and purified proteins, the contextual information is lost in the process.
The ultimate goal for these structural and cell biologists is to derive the structures of molecular machineries of all living systems within their natural, functional contexts, where their interactions with other components can be observed.
- Allow for nanometer-scale 3D models of biological structures in their native, cellular context