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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2000 Aug;10(4):486-97.

A lipid's eye view of membrane protein crystallization in mesophases.

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Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus 43210, USA. caffrey@chemistry.ohio-state.edu

Abstract

Lipidic mesophases have been used to produce diffraction-quality crystals of several membrane proteins. The mechanism by which the method works is a mystery. The thrust is to continue to use it whilst deciphering the underlying mechanism and solving the second 'phase problem' in membrane protein crystallography. The method, which probably shares similarities with crystal growth in microgravity, is examined here from a lipid and a phase science perspective.

PMID:
10981640
DOI:
10.1016/s0959-440x(00)00119-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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