Structural variability analysis with Gaussian mixture model

Available in EMAN release after 10/01/2020. Still under development. For details of the method, refer to Chen2021.


First, for the compositional heterogeneity analysis, we use the dataset of L17-Depleted 50S Ribosomal Intermediates from EMPIAR-10076. In this tutorial, we use a subset of only 6000 particles of box size 128. The small dataset can be temporarily downloaded here. The particles are artificially selected to keep the tutorial is as simple as possible. To skip the alignment step, a single model refinement is run with the full dataset and the orientation of each particle is saved in the header of the image (xform.projection).

If you have previously run e2refine_easy on this data, you can extract the necessary files from a refine_XX folder using with the --extractorientptcl option, and then just use the corresponding threed_XX file as a starting volume for the analysis.

The single model refinement can also be performed with the new pipeline, which directly outputs the aligned list file and average density map that can be used as input.

To convert a refinement from Relion, a script called can be found in the examples folder (after 01/2021) that produces phase flipped particles and aligned list file.

Reconstruct density map

Skip this step if you have an averaged map already. For the short tutorial, it is a useful step to double-check all the information in the particles is correct.

First, make the 3D map using the particles (or list file) with alignment information. --input ptcls_small.hdf --output avg.hdf --pad 192 --mode trilinear --keep 1 --threads 12

Now do a quick map sharpening for the output. The sharpened then filtered map is saved as avgsf.hdf. Also, create a structure factor file for the filtered map to simplify future reconstruction processes. avg.hdf --res 15 avgsf.hdf avgsf.hdf --calcsf sf_lp.txt

Then make a mask and apply it to the map. The mask will be used to exclude Gaussian functions outside the boundary later. Now we have a “neutral” structure to start with. avgsf.hdf msk.hdf --process=normalize.edgemean: --process=mask.auto3d.thresh:nshells=4:nshellsgauss=8:threshold1=5:threshold2=2:return_mask=1 avgsf.hdf avgmsk.hdf --process=normalize.edgemean --multfile msk.hdf

Build the Gaussian model

To limit memory consumption, the model is trained with 2D projections of the model instead of the 3D map. So here we make projections of the averaged map first. avgmsk.hdf --outfile avg_projs.hdf --orientgen=eman:delta=5 --parallel thread:12

Now we begin training the Gaussian model from scratch. We start from a tiny box size so it converges faster. Then run with a Fourier box size of 48 so the Gaussian model matches the density map at ~15 Å. The mask will exclude the Gaussian centers outside the volume. The second command can be repeated if the Gaussian model does not match well with the density map. --projs avg_projs.hdf --npt 2048 --maxboxsz 24 --modelout model_gmm.txt --niter 20 --mask msk.hdf --projs avg_projs.hdf --maxboxsz 48 --modelout model_gmm.txt --niter 20 --evalmodel model_projs.hdf --model model_gmm.txt --npt 2048  --mask msk.hdf

The --evalmodel option of will write the projection of the model to an image stack so we can take a look at the 3D reconstruction and check its FSC with the input density map. --input model_projs.hdf --output model_avg.hdf --pad 192 --mode trilinear --keep 1 --threads 12 --setsf sf_lp.txt model_avg.hdf fsc_00.txt --calcfsc avgmsk.hdf

Heterogeneity analysis

Now we have a Gaussian model of the neutral structure, we can look into the heterogeneity of the particles. Run the command with particle input and --heter option to let the program embed them to a conformation space. The --gradout option writes the gradient with respect to the neutral structure to a file so the step can be skipped next time (read the saved file using --gradin). The middle layer output is saved in mid_00.txt. The --pas option controls the adjustment of position, amplitude, and sigma of the Gaussian functions. Setting it to 010 means changing amplitude only. --model model_gmm.txt --ptclsin ptcls_small.hdf --heter --maxboxsz 48 --gradout allgrads.hdf --midout mid_00.txt --pas 010

Finally, the script (in examples folder) runs PCA on the middle layer output, classifies the particles, and reconstructs 3D maps of each class. --pts mid_00.txt --pcaout mid_pca.txt --ptclsin ptcls_small.hdf --ptclsout ptcls_cls --setsf sf_lp.txt

Continuous heterogeneity

We use another dataset of pre-catalytic spliceosome from EMPIAR-10180 as an example of continuous conformational change. The sample dataset includes 20,000 particles with alignment information in their headers. Temporary download link here.

We can use the same command to reconstruct the averaged map and build the neutral Gaussian model. Note that due to the difference in magnification, at the Fourier box size of 48, we are only at ~24 Å resolution in this dataset, so make sure to filter the maps accordingly.

For the heterogeneity analysis, run --model model_gmm.txt --ptclsin ptcls_small.hdf --heter --maxboxsz 48 --gradout allgrads.hdf --midout mid_00.txt --pas 110

Note that this time we set --pas to 110, so both the position and amplitude of the Gaussian functions are allowed to change to minimize particle-projection difference. Since we are looking at a continuous motion, instead of classification, we reconstruct 3D maps along the first eigenvector from PCA with even spacing. --pts mid_00.txt --pcaout mid_pca.txt --ptclsin ptcls_small.hdf --ptclsout ptcls_cls --setsf sf_lp.txt --mode regress --ncls 4

Due to the limited amount of particles, the motion observed from this sample subset won't be as significant as the heterogeneity from the full dataset, but the basic motion mode can already be visualized.

EMAN2/e2gmm (last edited 2021-02-26 21:22:45 by MuyuanChen)