Special Issue "Protein Crystallography"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2008)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Aparicio
Laboratory of Structural Biology and Crystallography Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas (UNICAMP) Campinas - SP - Brazil CP 6154 - CEP 13083-970
Website: http://www.iqm.unicamp.br/departamentos/?p=127&c=129&id=73
E-Mail: aparicio@iqm.unicamp.br
Phone: +55 19 3521 1105
Fax: +55 19 3521 3023
Interests: structural biology; protein crystallography; SAXS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, X-Ray Diffraction Crystallography emerged as a powerful tool in the study of proteins and other macromolecules at the molecular and atomic levels. According to the Protein Data Bank, approximately 85% of the known protein structures and complexes were determined using crystallographic techniques. It is a fundamental tool to obtain crucial information in Structural Biology and related areas as structure-based drug discovery and design. The combined use of Crystallography and other methods have also shown to be of great help in the understanding of biochemical processes in the living cell. The special issue “Protein Crystallography” of IJMS covers this important research area.

Dr. Ricardo Aparicio
Guest Editor

Leading Papers and Reviews

  • Dauter, Z. Current state and prospects of macromolecular crystallography. Acta Crystallogr. D Biol. Crystallogr. 2006, 62, 1-11. (Review Article)
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  • Bahar, M.; Ballard, C.; Cohen, S. X.; Cowtan, K. D.; Dodson, E. J.; Emsley, P.; Esnouf, R. M.; Keegan, R.; Lamzin, V.; Langer, G.; Levdikov, V.; Long, F.; Meier, C.; Muller, A.; Murshudov G. N.; Perrakis, A.; Siebold, C.; Stein, N.; Turkenburg, M. G.; Vagin, A. A.; Winn, M.; Winter, G.; Wilson, K. S. SPINE workshop on automated X-ray analysis: a progress report. Acta Crystallogr. D Biol. Crystallogr. 2006, 62, 1170-1183. (Review Article)
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  • Geerlof, A.; Brown, J.; Coutard, B.; Egloff, M. P.; Enguita, F. J.; Fogg, M. J.; Gilbert, R. J.; Groves, M. R.; Haouz, A.; Nettleship, J. E.; Nordlund, P.; Owens, R. J.; Ruff, M.; Sainsbury, S.; Svergun, D. I.; Wilmanns, M. The impact of protein characterization in structural proteomics. Acta Crystallogr. D Biol. Crystallogr. 2006, 62, 1125-36. (Review Article)


  • X-ray diffraction Protein Crystallography
  • structural biology
  • structural genomics
  • cloning
  • expression
  • purification and crystallization
  • preliminary crystallographic analysis
  • protein structure analysis
  • structure-function relationships
  • advances in protein crystallization and methodology
  • high-throughput methods
  • structure-based drug design
  • enzymatic reaction mechanisms
  • protein molecular mechanisms
  • protein-protein interactions
  • membrane proteins
  • small-angle X-ray scattering of biological macromolecules
  • macromolecular complexes
  • protein structural databases
  • time-resolved Macromolecular Crystallography

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(7), 1131-1141; doi:10.3390/ijms9071131
Received: 3 May 2008; in revised form: 5 June 2008 / Accepted: 10 June 2008 / Published: 8 July 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(6), 943-950; doi:10.3390/ijms9060943
Received: 2 April 2008; in revised form: 28 May 2008 / Accepted: 2 June 2008 / Published: 2 June 2008
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by , , ,  and
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(5), 736-750; doi:10.3390/ijms9050736
Received: 4 February 2008; in revised form: 6 March 2008 / Accepted: 22 March 2008 / Published: 8 May 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2007, 8(10), 1039-1051; doi:10.3390/i8101039
Received: 13 July 2007; in revised form: 15 October 2007 / Accepted: 16 October 2007 / Published: 23 October 2007
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