RIKEN structural genomics beamlines at the SPring-8; high throughput protein crystallography with automated beamline operation

J Struct Funct Genomics. 2006 Mar;7(1):15-22. doi: 10.1007/s10969-005-9005-5. Epub 2006 Apr 28.


RIKEN Structural Genomics Beamlines, BL26B1 & BL26B2 at the SPring-8, have been constructed for the structural genomics research. The main feature of the beamline is full automation of the successive data collections to maximize the beam-time efficiency. The beamline optics adopted a standard design commonly used for the SPring-8 bending magnet beamlines. Beamline instruments are operated by centralized control system through the computer network to achieve the automatic operation. The core part of the beamline development is a sample management system composed of sample changer robots for laboratory and beamline, and a networked sample database. BL26B1 has started user operation, and the automatic operation with the sample management system has been implemented at BL26B2.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Crystallography, X-Ray / instrumentation
  • Crystallography, X-Ray / methods
  • Databases, Factual
  • Genomics* / instrumentation
  • Genomics* / methods
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Robotics* / instrumentation
  • Robotics* / methods
  • User-Computer Interface*


  • Proteins