Macrodiscs, which are magnetically alignable lipid bilayer discs with diameters of >30 nm, were obtained by solubilizing protein-containing liposomes with styrene-maleic acid copolymers. Macrodiscs provide a detergent-free phospholipid bilayer environment for biophysical and functional studies of membrane proteins under physiological conditions. The narrow resonance linewidths observed from membrane proteins in styrene-maleic acid macrodiscs advance structure determination by oriented sample solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
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