Cryo Electron Tomography

I joined the Taylor lab in the middle of 2006. I am working on 3D reconstruction of Insect Flight Muscle (IFM) by electron tomography and following image processing. The high degree order of the IFM makes it an ideal specimen for studying the structure of crossbridges in different states. After acquiring the tilt series on the electron microscopy, the tilt series were repeatedly aligned by cross correlation with a reference calculated from the back projection of the last cycle alignment. And then the crossbridge motifs were extracted from the inverse-Fourier-transformed final map. The motifs were aligned against reference(s) and finally classified by hierarchical ascendant methods.

At the same time, I am working on the cryo-electron tomography of thin margins of cells and isolated cell assemblies.

Please keep tuned for future update with the research progress.


    • Guiqing Hu, Jun Liu, Kenneth A Taylor, and Kenneth H. Roux. Structural Comparison of HIV-1 Envelope Spikes with and without the V1/V2 loop J. Virology, 85(6), 2741–2750 (2011). PMCID: PMC3067966
    • Feng Ye, Guiqing Hu, Dianne Taylor, Boris Ratnikov, Mark A. McLean, Stephen G. Sligar, Kenneth A. Taylor, and Mark H. Ginsberg. Recreation of the terminal events in physiological integrin activation. J. Cell Biol. 188(1), 157-173 (2010). PMCID: PMC2812850.
    • Hu GQ, Lin G, Wang M, Dick L, Xu R, Nathan C, and Li HL. Structure of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Proteasome and Mechanism of Inhibition by a Peptidyl Boronate.Mol Microbiol 59/5, 1417-1428 (2006).
    • Lin G, Hu GQ, Tsu C, Kunes Y, Li HL, Dick L, Li, P, Chen ZQ, Zwickl P, Weich N, and Nathan C. Mycobacterium tuberculosis prcBA Genes Encode a Gated Proteasome with Broad Oligopeptide Specificity. Mol Microbiol 59/5, 1405-1416, (2006).
    • Zhihong Jia, Guiqing Hu, Børge Forbord, Jan Ketil Solberg, Enhancement of recrystallization resistance of Al-Zr-Mn by two-step precipitation annealing, Materials Science and Engineering A 483-484, 195-198, (2008)
    • Zhihong Jia, Guiqing Hu, Børge Forbord, Jan Ketil Solberg, Effect of homogenization and alloying elements on recrystallization resistance of Al–Zr–Mn alloys, Materials Science and Engineering A 444, 284–290, (2007)
    • X. Y. Qi, H. Yang, X. Kong, G.Q.Hu, X.F. Duan, and B.R. Zhao, Transmission electron microscopy of Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3/YBa2Cu3O7- epitaxial films on (001) SrTiO3 substrates, Journal of Crystal Growth, 262/1-4, 353(2004)
    • G.Q. Hu, L. Wan, X.F. Duan, H. Chen, D.S. Li, Y.J. Han, Q. Huang, and J.M. Zhou, Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies of GaN films grown on AlAs/GaAs(001) substrates, Journal of Crystal Growth, 252/4, 517(2003)
    • G.Q. Hu, L. Wan, X.Kong,, X.F. Duan, Y.Lu and X.L.Liu, Microstructure of GaN Films Grown on Si(111) Substrates by Metalorganic chemical Vapor Deposition, Journal of Crystal Growth, 256, 416(2003)
    • G. Q. Hu, X. Kong, Y. Q. Wang, L. Wan, X. F. Duan, Y. Lu and X. L. Liu, Formation mechanism of amorphous layer at the interface of Si(111) substrate and AlN buffer layer for GaN, Journal of Materials Science Letters, 22,1581( 2003)
    • X. Kong, G. Q. Hu, X. F. Duan, Y. Lu and X. L. Liu, Polarity determination for GaN thin films by electron energy loss spectroscopy, Apply Physics Letter, 81(11), 1990(2002)
    • Y.Q. Wang, G.Q. Hu, X.F. Duan, H.L. Sun, Q-K Xue, Microstructure and formation mechanism of titanium dioxide nanotubes, Chemical Physics Letters, 365/5-6, 427(2002)
    • Y. Lu, X. L.Liu, D-C Lu, H.R.Yuan, G.Q.Hu, X.H. Wang, Z.G.Wang, X.F. Duan, The growth morphologies of GaN layer on Si(1 1 1) substrate, Journal of Crystal Growth, 247/ 1-2, 91(2003)


    • Guiqing Hu, Feng Ye, Dianne W. Taylor, Hanspeter Winkler, Mark Ginsberg and Kenneth A., STRUCTURAL STUDIES OF MIGRATION PROTEINS, Frontiers in Cell Migration conference, Bethesda, MD, USA, 16-18 September, 2008 (Abstract and posters)
    • Guiqing Hu, Gang Lin, Ming Wang, Lawrence Dick, Rui-Ming Xu, Carl Nathan, Huilin Li, Structure of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteasome and mechanism of inhibition by a peptidyl boronate,Structure of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteasome and mechanism of inhibition by a peptidyl boronate, 2006 3rd international conference on structural analysis of supramolecular assemblies by hiybrid methodsMarch 15-19, 2006, Lake Tahoe, CA, USA (Abstract and Poster)
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