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    • Macromolecular crystallography research at Trombay

      K K Kannan R Chidambaram

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      Neutron diffraction studies of hydrogen positions in small molecules of biological interest at Trombay have provided valuable information that has been used in protein and enzyme structure model-building and in developing hydrogen bond potential functions. The new R-5 reactor is expected to provide higher neutron fluxes and also make possible smallangle neutron scattering studies of large biomolecules and bio-aggregates. In the last few years infrastructure facilities have also been established for macromolecular x-ray crystallography research. Meanwhile, the refinement of carbonic hydrases’ and lysozyme structures have been carried out and interesting results obtained on protein dynamics and structure-function relationships. Some interesting presynaptic toxin phospholipases have also been taken up for study.

    • Seeking hydrogen bonds — With and without neutron diffraction

      R Chidambaram M Ramanadham A Sequeira

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      The hydrogen-bond interaction can be studied using a variety of spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques, as well as theoretical studies based on quantum chemical principles, semi-empirical procedures, and statistical interpretations. A degree of specificity, along with flexibility, provides H-bonded systems with a variety of unusual and interesting physical, chemical and biological properties. Neutron diffraction is the method of choice for obtaining high-precision data on hydrogen-atom positions and hydrogen-bond stereo-chemistry in crystals. Neutron inelastic scattering can provide information on the dynamics of H-bonded systems. High-precision neutron diffraction studies on a variety of crystal hydrates, amino acids and small peptides, development of semi-empirical potential functions for bent-hydrogen bonds, and statistical analysis of H-bond populations associated with various donor and acceptor groups are some of the investigations on hydrogen bonding, carried out at Trombay during the past three decades.

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