Protein microcrystals and the design of a microdiffractometer: current experience and plans at EMBL and ESRF/ID13

Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 1999 Oct;55(Pt 10):1765-70. doi: 10.1107/s0907444999009348.


There is a growing demand for the examination of protein microcrystals at third-generation synchrotron sources. After successful pilot experiments at EMBL/ESRF, which proved that protein microcrystals are often suitable for data collection, operation of the microfocus beamline ID13 was made more user-friendly and suitable for macromolecular crystallography experiments. Given the excellent quality of the beamline microfocusing optics, the key element for successful experiments becomes the handling and visualization of microcrystals. To address this, a microdiffractometer has been designed to allow maximum precision combined with ease of usage and is currently under construction.

MeSH terms

  • Cryoprotective Agents
  • Crystallization
  • Crystallography, X-Ray / instrumentation
  • Crystallography, X-Ray / methods*
  • France
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Particle Size
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Synchrotrons


  • Cryoprotective Agents
  • Proteins