• Neutron protein crystallography in JAERI

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      Crystallization macromolecules; Crystallographic databases; Crystal structure neutron diffraction and scattering methods; Instruments for biophysics

    • Abstract


      Neutron diffraction provides an experimental method of directly locating hydrogen atoms in proteins. After developing an original neutron detector (neutron imaging plate) and a novel practical neutron monochromator (elastically bent perfect Si monochromator), BIX-type diffractometers which were equipped with these tools were efficiently constructed at JRR-3 in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), Japan and they have finished many protein crystallographic measurements and interesting results have come one after another. At the same time a method of growing large protein single crystals and a database of hydrogen and hydration have also been developed. In the near future, a pulsed neutron diffractometer for biological macromolecules has been proposed at J-PARC in JAERI.

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      I Tanaka1 2

      1. Neutron Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), Tokai, Ibaraki - 319-1195, Japan
      2. Faculty of Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki - 316-8511, Japan
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