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Principles of Protein X-Ray Crystallography

By: Jan Drenth

332 pages, 159 illus


Hardback | Dec 2006 | Edition: 3 | #164920 | ISBN: 0387333347
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X-ray crystallography has long been a vital method for studying the structure of proteins and other macromolecules. As the importance of proteins continues to grow, in fields from biochemistry and biophysics to pharmaceutical development and biotechnology, many researchers have found that a knowledge of X-ray diffraction is an indispensable tool. In this new edition of his essential work, Dr. Jan Drenth, recognized internationally for his numerous contributions to crystallographic research, has provided an up-to-date and technically rigorous introduction to the subject.

Principles of Protein X-ray Crystallography provides the theoretical background necessary to understand how the structure of proteins is determined at atomic resolution. It is intended to serve as an introduction for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and established scientists who want to use protein crystallography in their own endeavors, or need to understand the subject in order to critically evaluate the literature. New additions to the book include a section on twinning, an additional chapter on crystal growth and a discussion of single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD).

From the reviews of the third edition: "This book, Principles of Protein X-ray Crystallography, aims to satisfy nearly everyone; ! The volume is well organized ! . this is a solid book by an experienced protein crystallographer. It covers the full spectrum of subjects for a professional structural biologist. Specialized subjects are kept in separate chapters so the book can be parsed by those interested in the big picture of the method. ! it is probably the most definitive work that is currently available for structural biologists." (Jon Robertus, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 129 (17), 2007)


Prefaces.- Crystallizing a Protein.- X-Ray Sources and Detectors.- Crystals.- The Theory of X-Ray Diffraction by a Crystal.- Average Reflection Intensity and Distribution of Structure Factor Data.- Special Forms of the Structure Factor.- The Solution of the Phase Problem by the Isomorphous Replacement Method.- Phase Improvement.- Anomalous Scattering in the Determination of the Protein Phase Angles and the Absolute Configuration.- Molecular Replacement.- Direct Methods.- Laue Diffraction.- Refinement of the Model Structure.- The Combination of Phase Information.- Checking for Gross Errors and Estimating the Accuracy of the Structural Model.- Tips and Tricks in Protein Crystallization.- Appendices.- References.- Index.

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Dr. Jan Drenth is a professor emeritus at the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Contributing author Dr. Jeroen R. Mesters Ph.D. is a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Luebeck, Germany.

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