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. 2012 Aug 1;68(Pt 8):981-4.
doi: 10.1107/S1744309112025456. Epub 2012 Jul 31.

Structure Determination by Multiple-Wavelength Anomalous Dispersion (MAD) at the Pr LIII Edge

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Structure Determination by Multiple-Wavelength Anomalous Dispersion (MAD) at the Pr LIII Edge

Sandra Puehringer et al. Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. .
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Abstract

The use of longer X-ray wavelengths in macromolecular crystallography has grown significantly over the past few years. The main reason for this increased use of longer wavelengths has been to utilize the anomalous signal from sulfur, providing a means for the experimental phasing of native proteins. Here, another possible application of longer X-ray wavelengths is presented: MAD at the L(III) edges of various lanthanide compounds. A first experiment at the L(III) edge of Pr was conducted on HZB MX beamline BL14.2 and resulted in the successful structure determination of the C-terminal domain of a spliceosomal protein. This experiment demonstrates that L(III) edges of lanthanides constitute potentially attractive targets for long-wavelength MAD experiments.

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Figure 1
(a) Experimental X-ray fluorescence scan across the Pr L III edge. (b) f′ and f′′ scattering factors calculated from the experimental edge-scan data using CHOOCH (Evans & Pettifer, 2001 ▶).
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Figure 2
Anomalous correlation coefficients CCanom (Einspahr & Weiss, 2012 ▶) between the three data sets.
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Figure 3
(a) Experimental 3.2 Å resolution MAD electron-density map contoured at 1.5σ. (b) Helical region contoured at 1.5σ with manually placed main-chain atoms.

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