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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

UV-Visible Absorption Spectroscopy Enhanced X-ray Crystallography at Synchrotron and X-ray Free Electron Laser Sources

Author(s): Aina E. Cohen, Tzanko Doukov and Michael S. Soltis

Volume 23, Issue 3, 2016

Page: [283 - 290] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/0929866523666160107115015

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This review describes the use of single crystal UV-Visible Absorption micro-Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis AS) to enhance the design and execution of X-ray crystallography experiments for structural investigations of reaction intermediates of redox active and photosensitive proteins. Considerations for UV-Vis AS measurements at the synchrotron and associated instrumentation are described. UV-Vis AS is useful to verify the intermediate state of an enzyme and to monitor the progression of reactions within crystals. Radiation induced redox changes within protein crystals may be monitored to devise effective diffraction data collection strategies. An overview of the specific effects of radiation damage on macromolecular crystals is presented along with data collection strategies that minimize these effects by combining data from multiple crystals used at the synchrotron and with the X-ray free electron laser.

Keywords: Crystallography, radiation damage, synchrotron, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, XFEL.

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