Assessing the JEOL CRYO ARM 300 for high-throughput automated single-particle cryo-EM in a multiuser environment

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Abstract

Single-particle cryo-EM has become an indispensable structural biology method. It requires regular access to high-resolution electron cryogenic microscopes. To fully utilize the capacity of the expensive high-resolution instruments, the time used for data acquisition and the rate of data collection have to be maximized. This in turn requires high stability and high uptime of the instrument. One of the first 300 kV JEOL CRYO ARM 300 microscopes has been installed at the cryo-EM facility BECM at VIB-VUB, Brussels, where the microscope is used for continuous data collection on multiple projects. Here, the suitability and performance of the microscope is assessed for high-throughput single-particle data collection. In particular, the properties of the illumination system, the stage stability and ice contamination rates are reported. The microscope was benchmarked using mouse heavy-chain apoferritin which was reconstructed to a resolution of 1.9 Å. Finally, uptime and throughput statistics of the instrument accumulated during the first six months of the facility operation in user access mode are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-718
Number of pages12
JournalIUCrJ
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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