Crystallization of Membrane Proteins: An Overview

  • Andrii Ishchenko
  • Enrique E. Abola
  • Vadim Cherezov
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1607)


Membrane proteins are crucial components of cellular membranes and are responsible for a variety of physiological functions. The advent of new tools and technologies for structural biology of membrane proteins has led to a significant increase in the number of structures deposited to the Protein Data Bank during the past decade. This new knowledge has expanded our fundamental understanding of their mechanism of function and contributed to the drug-design efforts. In this chapter we discuss current approaches for membrane protein expression, solubilization, crystallization, and data collection. Additionally, we describe the protein quality-control assays that are often instrumental as a guideline for a shorter path toward the structure.

Key words

Membrane protein Expression Crystallization Detergent In meso In surfo HiLiDe Lipidic cubic phase Lipidic sponge phase Bicelle Nanodisc Amphipol FRAP Thermal shift assay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrii Ishchenko
    • 1
  • Enrique E. Abola
    • 1
  • Vadim Cherezov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryBridge Institute, University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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