X-Ray Diffraction Interest Group
The NIH X-ray Diffraction SIG aims to promote collaboration and information sharing between NIH researchers who are interested in the use of macromolecular crystallography to elucidate the structure of biological macromolecules and assemblies and from this to understand how they function. The SIG publishes a newsletter that contains practical tips and tricks, discussion topics, and links to recent publications of SIG members. It also provides a toolbox with links to programs and servers.
X-ray diffraction studies at the NIH date from the early 1950s (Davies, Dunitz, Felsenfeld, and Rich). Fiber diffraction work on synthetic polyribonucleotides, initiated in 1955, led to the proposal of three-stranded and other forms of associations (Davies, Felsenfeld, and Rich). Interest in multi-stranded nucleic acids also resurfaced later in proposals for four-stranded structures that are now believed to play a role in telomere organization. Fiber diffraction experiments on muscle were initiated in the 1970s (Podolsky and Yu). The first protein structure solved by X-ray crystallography on campus was carried out in the 1960s with a structure determination of g-chymotrypsin, followed by a series of studies on antibodies and their Fab fragments, both alone and in complex with antigens. Subsequent research has been extended to several kinds of proteases and many other enzymes. In recent years, X-ray crystallography at the NIH has proliferated to a critical mass of expertise and a cooperative, well-equipped environment in which the structures of a wide variety of proteins and other macromolecules are vigorously pursued.
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Scientific Focus Areas
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
This page was last updated on Monday, March 13, 2023