Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry B

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 538–542 | Cite as

Tritium planigraphy as a tool for studying the structural organization nanobiocomplexes

  • E. N. BogachevaEmail author
  • A. A. Dolgov
  • A. L. Chulichkov
  • A. V. Shishkov
Chemical Physics of Biological Processes


The tritium planigraphy method is based on the nonselective substitution of radioactive isotope tritium for hydrogen in hydrocarbon fragments of molecules by means of a chemical reaction involving hot tritium atoms. Data on the steric accessibility of the system components (macromolecules in the complex, amino acid residues, and even individual atomic groups of macromolecules) characterize the structure of the object. The method, applicable to substances in different phase states, has no restrictions on the molecular weight of the target. Tritium planigraphy, used equally successfully in both crystals and solutions, makes it possible to study fine changes in the structure. The main results of studies of the structure of nanosized biocompexes by tritium planigraphy are presented.


tritium planigraphy protein structure nanobiocompexes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. N. Bogacheva
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. A. Dolgov
    • 1
  • A. L. Chulichkov
    • 1
  • A. V. Shishkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Semenov Institute of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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