Synergy within structural biology of single crystal optical spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography

Teresa De la Mora-Rey, Carrie M. Wilmot

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Advances in the adaptation of optical spectroscopy to monitor photo-induced or enzyme-catalyzed reactions in the crystalline state have enabled X-ray crystal structures to be accurately linked with spectroscopically defined intermediates. This, in turn, has led to a deeper understanding of the role protein structural changes play in function. The integration of optical spectroscopy with X-ray crystallography is growing and now extends beyond linking crystal structure to reaction intermediate. Recent examples of this synergy include applications in protein crystallization, X-ray data acquisition, radiation damage, and acquisition of phase information important for structure determination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-586
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
TMR would like to thank Bryan Johnson for helpful discussions. We acknowledge financial support from the National Institutes of Health (GM-66569).

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