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Large crystal growth for neutron protein crystallography


The use of neutron protein crystallography (NPX) is expanding rapidly, with most structures determined in the last decade. This growth is stimulated by a number of developments, spanning from the building of new NPX beamlines to the availability of improved software for structure refinement. The main bottleneck preventing structural biologists from adding NPX to the suite of methods commonly used is the large volume of the individual crystals required for a successful experiment. A survey of deposited NPX structures in the Protein Data Bank shows that about two-thirds came from crystals prepared using vapor diffusion, while batch and dialysis-based methods all-together contribute to most of the remaining one-third. This chapter explains the underlying principles of these protein crystallization methods and provides practical examples that may help others to successfully prepare large crystals for NPX.
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hal-02519526 , version 1 (26-03-2020)



Monika Budayova-Spano, Katarina Koruza, Zoë Fisher. Large crystal growth for neutron protein crystallography. Methods in Enzymology, 2020, 634, pp.21-46. ⟨10.1016/bs.mie.2019.11.015⟩. ⟨hal-02519526⟩
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