A New Design of Protein Crystallization Plates To Expand Concentration Screening Space in Cross-Diffusion Microbatch and Microbatch Methods

Published on Feb 3, 2016in Crystal Growth & Design4.153
· DOI :10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00702
Chen Dong4
Estimated H-index: 4
Chen-Yan Zhang9
Estimated H-index: 9
+ 3 AuthorsDa-Chuan Yin18
Estimated H-index: 18
Protein crystallizes at specific conditions (correct precipitants, appropriate concentrations of protein and precipitants, suitable pH and correct temperature, etc.). If the conditions are not appropriate, crystallization will not occur. In protein crystallization screening, the target protein is mixed one by one with many chemical agents and then incubated at a set temperature. If the concentrations of the chemical agents and the target proteins are not in a range suitable for crystallization, the crystallization will not occur. To expand the concentration screening space, we propose in this paper a new design of protein crystallization plates for cross-diffusion microbatch and microbatch methods. The new plates have 96 units corresponding to the conditions of the commercial screening kits, and each unit contains four wells for holding the crystallization droplets. By dispensing crystallization droplets to the four wells at different volume ratios of protein to precipitant solutions, we can obtain four d...
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