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Special Issue "Protein X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) Crystallography: A Novel Technology for Membrane Protein Structure and Drug Design"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
Prof. Dr. Weontae Lee Website E-Mail
Department of Biochemistry, College of Life Science & Biotechnology, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-Dong, Seodaemoon-Gu, Seoul, 120-749, Korea
Interests: structure-function of oncogenic proteins, GPCR and proteogylycans; structural biology; protein dynamics; structure-based drug design; protein biochemistry; X-ray free electron crystallography
Prof. Haiguang Liu Website E-Mail
Complex Systems Division, Beijing Computational Science Research Center, 8 E Xibeiwang Rd, Haidian, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: X-ray free electron laser applications in biomolecular structure and dynamics study; molecular dynamics simulations; structural-based drug design and screening; bioinformatics
X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) can be used to determine protein structures from tiny crystals sized from sub-micron to microns, expanding the research in structure biology to a new horizon. Successful applications of XFEL have been reported continuously, from the determination of large molecular complexes, to atomic resolution structures, to membrane protein structures from 2D or 3D crystals, and to fast conformational changes using pump-probe time-resolved crystallography. The serial crystallography method with XFEL is especially powerful in the determination of membrane proteins, which are often drug receptors and make it difficult to obtain high quality large crystals using conventional crystallography. In addition, time-resolved structure determination provides unprecedented information regarding the detailed molecular mechanism of protein functions. Thanks to these important applications, XFEL facilities are rapidly constructed to become new bases in structure biology research.
Prof. Dr. Weontae Lee
Prof. Haiguang Liu
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- Serial femtosecond crystallography
- X-ray free electron laser
- Time-resolved structure determination
- Membrane protein structure
- Lipidic cubic phase
- Drug discovery
- G-protein coupled receptors