Neutron Scattering Studies of Virus Structure

  • Stephen Cusack
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 27)


Since the last Brookhaven Symposium, small-angle neutron scattering has emerged as an important new technique in the study of virus structure. A great advantage of neutron scattering (over, for instance, small-angle x-ray scattering) is the possibility of exploiting the H2O/D2O contrast variation method to facilitate the interpretation of scattering data in terms of the distribution within the virion of its different chemical constituents (protein, nucleic acid, lipid, and water). The ability to do this is frequently sufficient to justify making neutron measurements despite the inherently limited resolution achievable in solution scattering experiments. The method by which a low resolution model of a virus structure is obtained from a contrast variation set of data is the subject of this paper.


Influenza Virus Neutron Scattering Semliki Forest Virus Alfalfa Mosaic Virus Scatter Length Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Cusack
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  1. 1.Grenoble OutstationEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory, Institut Laue-LangevinGrenoble CedexFrance

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