Progress in structural membrane biology has been significantly accelerated by the ongoing 'Resolution Revolution' in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). In particular, structure determination by single-particle analysis has evolved into the most powerful method for atomic model building of multisubunit membrane protein complexes. This has created an ever-increasing demand in cryo-EM machine time, which to satisfy is in need of new and affordable cryo-electron microscopes. Here, we review our experience in using the JEOL CRYO ARM 200 prototype for the structure determination by single-particle analysis of three different multisubunit membrane complexes: the Thermus thermophilus V-type ATPase VO complex, the Thermosynechococcus elongatus photosystem I monomer and the flagellar motor lipopolysaccharide peptidoglycan ring (LP ring) from Salmonella enterica.
Keywords: PSI; V-ATPase; molecular motor; protein structure; transmission electron microscope.
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