Structural Biology with Microfocus Beamlines

  • Kunio Hirata
  • James Foadi
  • Gwyndaf Evans
  • Kazuya Hasegawa
  • Oliver B. Zeldin
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


Protein microcrystallography, which analyzes crystals smaller than a few tens of microns, is becoming one of the most attractive fields in structural biology. To realize the complete potential of this technique, it is inevitable that microcrystallography has to be combined with novel data collection instruments and strategies. Recently, a highly brilliant X-ray beam with micron size has enabled the measurement of diffraction data from such microcrystals (Smith JL, Fischetti RF, Yamamoto M, Micro-crystallography comes of age. Curr Opin Struct Biol 22:602–612, 2012). Here, we describe important instrumentation at synchrotron facilities and experimental strategies.


Protein crystallography Microcrystals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kunio Hirata
    • 1
    • 2
  • James Foadi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gwyndaf Evans
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kazuya Hasegawa
    • 5
  • Oliver B. Zeldin
    • 6
  1. 1.RIKEN/SPring-8 CenterSayo-gunJapan
  2. 2.JST/PRESTOKawaguchiJapan
  3. 3.Diamond Light SourceHarwell Science and Innovation CampusOxfordshireUK
  4. 4.Membrane Protein Laboratory, Diamond Light SourceHarwell Science and Innovation CampusOxfordshireUK
  5. 5.JASRI/SPring-8Sayo-gunJapan
  6. 6.Department of Molecular and Cellular PhysiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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