Tables for
Volume B
Reciprocal space
Edited by U. Shmueli

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. B. ch. 2.5, p. 317   | 1 | 2 |

Section Methods of direct reconstruction

B. K. Vainshteinc Methods of direct reconstruction

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Modelling. If several projections are available, and, especially, if the object is symmetric, one can, on the basis of spatial imagination, recreate approximately the three-dimensional model of the object under investigation. Then one can compare the projections of such a model with the observed projections, trying to draw them as near as possible. In early works on electron microscopy of biomolecules the tentative models of spatial structure were constructed in just this way; these models provide, in the case of the quaternary structure of protein molecules or the structure of viruses, schemes for the arrangement of protein subunits. Useful subsidiary information in this case can be obtained by the method of optical diffraction and filtration.

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