Comparing serial X-ray crystallography and microcrystal electron diffraction (MicroED) as methods for routine structure determination from small macromolecular crystals
Alexander M Wolff,
Iris D Young,
Raymond G. Sierra,
Aaron S. Brewster,
Michael W. Martynowycz,
Justin T Biel,
Aina E. Cohen,
Jake D Koralek,
Tomas S Lazarou,
Erin M Thompson,
Henry van den Bedem,
Rahel A. Woldeyes,
Nicholas K Sauter,
James S. Fraser,
Michael C Thompson
Posted 12 Sep 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/767061 (published DOI: 10.1107/S205225252000072X)
Posted 12 Sep 2019
Innovative new crystallographic methods are facilitating structural studies from ever smaller crystals of biological macromolecules. In particular, serial X-ray crystallography and microcrystal electron diffraction (MicroED) have emerged as useful methods for obtaining structural information from crystals on the nanometer to micron scale. Despite the utility of these methods, their implementation can often be difficult, as they present many challenges not encountered in traditional macromolecular crystallography experiments. Here, we describe XFEL serial crystallography experiments and MicroED experiments using batch-grown microcrystals of the enzyme cyclophilin A (CypA). Our results provide a roadmap for researchers hoping to design macromolecular microcrystallography experiments, and they highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the two methods. Specifically, we focus on how the different physical conditions imposed by the sample preparation and delivery methods required for each type of experiment effect the crystal structure of the enzyme.
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