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Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Contrast Variation Studies of Biological Complexes: Challenges and Triumphs

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Author(s)

Susan N. Krueger

Abstract

Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been a beneficial tool for studying the structure of biological macromolecules in solution for several decades. Continued improvements in sample preparation techniques, including deuterium labeling, neutron instrumentation and complementary techniques such as small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), cryo-EM, NMR and x-ray crystallography, along with the availability of more powerful structure prediction algorithms and computational resources has made SANS more important than ever as a means to obtain unique information on the structure of biological complexes in solution. In articular, the contrast variation (CV) technique, which requires a large commitment in both sample preparation and measurement time, has become more practical with the advent of these improved resources. Here, challenges and recent triumphs as well as future prospects are discussed.
Citation
Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Volume
74

Keywords

small-angle neutron scattering, contrast variation, protein-RNA complex, protein-DNA complex, protein-protein complex, integral membrane protein, model biological membrane, therapeutic nanoparticle

Citation

Krueger, S. (2022), Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Contrast Variation Studies of Biological Complexes: Challenges and Triumphs, Current Opinion in Structural Biology, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbi.2022.102375, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=934047 (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created June 1, 2022, Updated March 18, 2024