[Protein micro-crystallography with a new micro-beam beamline].


Recently, researchers' demands for high-quality data collection from protein micro-crystals, which would usually result from crystallization difficulty, have been remarkably growing. In order to collect efficient diffraction data for structure determination from micro-crystals, an expert data collection system providing high signal-to-noise ratio should be essential. A small sized and highly brilliant X-ray beam with size of a few micrometers has been proved to achieve protein micro-crystallography by both increasing reflection intensities and reducing background scattering from sample environments. Two micro-beam beamlines at SPring-8 and KEK-PF are currently under construction for Targeted Proteins Research Program by MEXT of Japan. At SPring-8, a new undulator beamline for protein micro-crystallography, named RIKEN Targeted Proteins Beamline (BL32XU), will start operation in May, 2010. The beam size at sample position of BL32XU will correspond to 1 x 1 microm(2) with the photon flux density over 6 x 10(10) photons/s/microm(2). Furthermore, research and developments of indispensable components to achieve protein micro-crystallography with micro-beam, such as high-precision diffractometer, automated micro-crystal handling, advanced data collection system to suppress radiation damage and so on, are progressing. The present status of the research and development for protein micro-crystallography will be presented.

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@article{Yamamoto2010ProteinMW, title={[Protein micro-crystallography with a new micro-beam beamline].}, author={Masaki Yamamoto and Kunio Hirata and Takaaki Hikima and Yoshiaki Kawano and Go Ueno}, journal={Yakugaku zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan}, year={2010}, volume={130 5}, pages={641-8} }