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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2001 Oct;5(5):567-71.

Synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy of proteins: secondary structure, fold recognition and structural genomics.

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  • 1School of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, UK.


Recent developments in instrumentation and bioinformatics show that the technique of synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy can provide novel information on protein secondary structures and folding motifs, and has the potential to play an important role in structural genomics studies, both as a means of target selection and as a high-throughput, low-sample-requiring screening method. This is possible because of the additional information content in the low-vacuum ultraviolet wavelength data obtainable with intense synchrotron radiation light sources, compared with that present in spectra from conventional lab-based circular dichroism instruments.

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