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Predicting Protein Crystallizability and Nucleation

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The outcome of protein crystallization attempts is often uncertain due to inherent features of the protein or to the crystallization process that are not fully under control of the experimentalist. The aim of this contribution is to propose user-friendly tools that can increase the success rate of a protein crytallization project. Different bioinformatic approaches to predict the crystallization feasibility (before any crystallization attempts are undertaken) are discussed and a novel approach to assess the nucleation process of a given protein is proposed. Practical examples illustrate these two points.
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Keywords: 3D structure; Proteins; X-ray diffraction; amino acids; crystal growth; crystallization feasibility; crystallization propensity; nucleation; physico-chemical properties; surface energy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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