Crystallographic Methods and Protocols

  • Christopher Jones
  • Barbara Mulloy
  • Mark R. Sanderson

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mark R. Sanderson
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jane V. Skelly, C. Bernadette Madden
    Pages 23-53
  4. Sherin S. Abdel-Meguid, David Jeruzalmi, Mark R. Sanderson
    Pages 55-86
  5. Sherin S. Abdel-Meguid
    Pages 153-171
  6. Ian J. Tickle, Huub P. C. Driessen
    Pages 173-203
  7. Alberto D. Podjarny, Bernard Rees, Alexandre G. Urzhumtsev
    Pages 205-226
  8. Eric Westhof, Philippe Dumas
    Pages 227-244
  9. David G. Brown, Paul S. Freemont
    Pages 293-318
  10. Elizabeth Fry, Derek Logan, David Stuart
    Pages 319-363
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 389-394

About this book


The volumes in the series, Methods in Molecular Biology, are conceived with the biochemist and molecular biologist in mind. The present book, Crystallographic Methods andProtocols, concentrates on the use of X-ray crystallography to solve the detailed three­ dimensional structuresofproteins, nucleic acids, andtheir complexes. Such a structure determination is a major undertaking, demands expertise in a range of skills, and requires considerable resources. The biologically trained worker will probably first become involved when identifying an important scientific problem whose solution would benefit from a full structure. The protein or nucleic acid at issue must be sequenced and prepared to high purity in appropriate quantities, probably by either chemical synthesis for nucleic acids or genetic engineering for proteins. CrystallographicMethods andPro­ tocols aims to give biologically trained workers an insight into the techniques used to crystallize their proteins, obtain the raw X-ray data, and solve and refine the structure. The aim ofa crystal structure determination is to provide infor­ mation that will solve biologically relevant problems; that process normally requires a high resolution structure. The preparationofsuit­ able crystals for a high resolution structure remains the major bottle­ neck in structure determination, and the effective application of appropriate genetic engineering and biochemical techniques in the initial stages pays ahandsome dividend later. The productionofsuit­ able proteins by recombinant methods and the preparationofcrystal­ line derivatives are covered by Skelly and Madden in Chapter 2. Before beginning the data collection required for a high resolution structure, a preliminary characterizationofthe crystals is carried out.

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Jones
    • 1
  • Barbara Mulloy
    • 1
  • Mark R. Sanderson
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute for Biological Standards and ControlPotters BarUK
  2. 2.Department of BiophysicsKing’s CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1996
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Springer Protocols
  • Print ISBN 978-0-89603-259-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-543-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1064-3745
  • Series Online ISSN 1940-6029
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