Analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC): a seminal tool offering multiple solutions
Analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) remains a highly versatile and widely applicable tool for the analysis of macromolecules and their interactions. The current state-of-the-art was demonstrated at a recent international meeting held in Glasgow, Scotland, in July 2017, the 23rd International Analytical Ultracentrifugation Workshop and Symposium. This special issue showcases the reports made at the meeting, which concerned the application of AUC to a wide range of topics in biochemical and polymer science including antibody and membrane protein characterisation, and protein–carbohydrate interactions. Presentations on development and testing of new instrumentation and methods of analysis were a particular feature of the meeting, including the optimisation of experimental protocols, and the latest optimised computational approaches to experimental simulation and the modelling of macromolecular structures.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sponsors without whom AUC 2017 would not have been possible. We are thankful to our major sponsor, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, and to Anton Paar and MEP Instruments (now, Metrohm) for their financial support. EBSA (European Biophysical Societies’ Association), COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology), and ARBRE-MOBIEU generously contributed travel bursaries to enable participation in the meeting, while the British Biophysical Society and Macromolecular Journals donated the well-deserved poster prizes. The community looks forward to its next meeting at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019.
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