Special Issue "Crystallization Under Special and Physical Environments"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2020).
Interests: protein crystals; biocrystals; crystal growth; protein crystallography; crystal chemistry; biomineralization; biomimetics; biological macromolecules
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Currently, there are powerful experimental techniques for the 3D structure determination of biological macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and their macromolecular complexes). Particularly, X-ray crystallography is one of the most important techniques in this field. This technique can reach quasi-atomic resolution in the most favorable cases. For this approach, the size and complexity of the system are not a priori limitations and this only requires high-quality single crystals.
This Special Issue on “Crystallization Under Special and Physical Environments” will not only include fundamentals for understanding the physical or chemical aspects of the crystallization process, but will also include advanced techniques for controlling the size and orientation through the utilization of electric and magnetic fields and other special environments (hydrogels, organogels, lipid cubic phases, etc.). The third part will include the crystallization of inorganic and organic compounds and proteins grown in special biological conditions, where the use of microorganisms produce crystals inside specialized cells (idioblast) that contains biforine cells that form crystals. Finally, the new trends in crystallography using techniques recently coined as the serial crystallography of macromolecular complexes (Free-lectron Lasers, XFEL) will be shortly discussed in terms of preparing nanocrystals for injection into the XFEL facilities.
Prof. Dr. Abel Moreno
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